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7-31-2011 @ 6:48PM
@ the 2 Lotro and Ad@D lovers above.The shown links prove nothing about long term financial success of "free to PAY" games whatsoever.NOT a SINGLE dollar sign in those references you gave, only vague XXX% "growth" which nobody can trace or verifiy.You know what counts: is the DOLLAR facts not some "we had X % more players or activity" because just HOW much in $$$ people spend. Period.The WOW revenue for fiscal year 2010 was ...more than 1.41 BILLION dollars (the total Blizzard group was 1.6 BILLION dollars) while Activision as a whole made 4.3 billion dollars.That's the kind of STUFF I would want to see to measure "success", not some very VAGUE X % of % of % which of course are nothing but marketing stuff to say we are succesful in coverting a PAY to PLAY game into a FREE to PAY game in its first few months of transition period. What did you think about DOLLAR reports after 12 months of "free to pay" ? You can't show these because they hide them.But we DO have some figures and those independant figures that show that Ad@D dropped even OUT of the top 100 PC games played on Xfire (coming from top 50) since the free to play launch and Lotro stands a long way behind other P2P games (like WOw, rift, aion etc...)So the success was NOT proven in $$$ signs only in press releases a few weeks after going free to play and only expressed in non verifying %%% of unsubstantial and non specific materiel.You know 200% growth of noting is still 2 times nothing.
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