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4-01-2009 @ 7:03PM
I find it rather unlikely that Blizzard will ever charge for in-house addons. My reasoning? It's Blizzard.
4-01-2009 @ 7:08PM
Where were you when they started selling char sex and appearance change? Or started selling Trading Cards which might give you ingame items? Or started allowing people to move chars from pve to pvp for money? Since Blizz got bought by activision they've started taking any opportunity to make money :p.
4-01-2009 @ 7:09PM
Blizzard? Yeah, not gonna happen. Blizzard was a decent company, largely run by people who enjoy the game (I think).Activision-Blizzard? Yeah, I can see that.
4-02-2009 @ 10:15AM
That quote is out of context. The full quote is:"Based on all the changes Blizzard is making, I believe the Blizzard business model is to "Monetize" UI Mods/add-ons by developing them in house and offering them for sale to players. "Monetization" is adapting non-revenue-generating assets to generate revenue. The "non-revenue" generating assets are those created by the add-on developers that interact with the Blizzard code to make the gaming experience more enjoyable or meaningful for the player."MeaningDevelop In-house addons -> better UI -> Greater player satisfaction -> Greater player retention -> Increased revenueNOTDevelop in-house addons -> Charge players to use them -> Increased revenue.Develop
4-01-2009 @ 7:34PM
Like the App store for the iphone... Not that it's a good thing but it does pay the devs and has some type of ...uhg..filtering...
4-01-2009 @ 8:06PM
Hmm... I remember someone saying awhile back that he thought this was Blizzard's move toward monetizing add on release packs...Now if I could only find... #16 below...http://www.wowinsider.com/2009/03/20/new-add-on-policy-makes-selling-add-ons-against-the-rules/And maybe your right... Blizzard may not have charged for add ons... but Blizzard/Activision sure as hell will. We don't know what business model they are going to use, whether its an addon suite where you get a bundle of addons, you can purchase individual addons or even when you subscribe to WoW Platinum for $19.99 a month you get free Blizzard addons and an in game vanity pet (doesn't count towards achievement). In the end, the company is in the business of making money. This is just another avenue that old school Blizzard left in the community's hands and now Activision wants to take the reins.
4-01-2009 @ 10:52PM
I remember when people said Blizzard was going to sell gold when Blizzard started to serious crack down on gold sellers.This has nothing to do with Blizzard selling stuff. Blizzard has been farming the mod community for new features for years and in many cases their offerings have been second rate. So if Blizzard did try to sell their own mods, people aren't going to pay for them since the free ones are already better (like the new threat meter, it's neat, but it's nothing compared to Omen.)
4-02-2009 @ 4:56PM
@aunion: A business trying to make money... preposterous! How dare they!
4-02-2009 @ 7:23PM
I'm not claiming they haven't got the right to make money as a business, only that saying that Blizzard would never charge for something like addons is a bit naive seeing how eager Blizz has been to make money from any possible source recently :p
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