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11-06-2009 @ 9:13PM
Kotick makes me sick. Just because they're a company doesn't mean money has to be their first priority. I never thought it was Blizzard's, I also didn't think it was BioWare's. But I did think it was Activision and EA's goal (EA seems to have loosened their grip on the ropes though). I didn't think this was the case with Valve but meh, L4D2 changed me in that regard.Just because a company needs money to survive doesn't mean it shouldn't screw over it's customers. Even worse is that Blizzard DOESN'T HAVE TO. They don't NEED more money. They already have over 10 million subscribers (that we know of). At least HALF of those pay the $15 US a month necessary to play the game.5 million customers paying $15 US each every month is a gross income of $75,000,000. If 10 million players paid that we'd double that number and get $150,000,000. This is not every 4 months, or even every year. THIS IS EVERY MONTH. Every 31 DAYS.Times 75 million by 12 and what do we get? $900,000,000. Times 150 million by 12 and we get $1,800,000,000. In either case, they'll get a gross income of nearly ONE BILLION DOLLARS. This is WITHOUT adding faction and race changes, realm transfers, name changes or character customization costs to the equation.I highly doubt it costs Blizzard 1 billion dollars to run World of Warcraft. I could understand it being quite high to pay all their employees, and all the bills to pay to even have the game running but their profit margin will still be HUGE.And THEY WANT MORE? No, they never ruled out the idea of micro-transactions but they're no longer ruling out much ideas these days due to adding stuff in now that they said they'd never add in years ago. But I don't blame Blizzard, because this is not the Blizzard I knew. Who made great games like Diablo, StarCraft and WarCraft.This is a company led by money-driven company, led by a money-driven bastard of a man. A man who doesn't care for your satisfaction, only his own. He cares not for anything about you, except your wallet.And yet, we still pay his forsaken company to play his half-assed games. Because, let's face it, WoW is awesome. But I still don't see any reason to pay for all these ridiculous things. I'm sure Kotick's motto is something about doing less work but getting more money for it.
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