There were 120k people ahead of me. Then I was away from the computer so I had to requeue then I was like something in 230k. I went out to eat with my brother came back to realize I had to queue again this time was like 170k
no que here, no waiting...i guess everyone got there's already...
They get a good $165,000,000 a month from subscriptions alone. If your numbers above are correct, in a 31-day month, that costs them about $4,340,000. Clearly they need to make mounts that they sell at $25 dollars a pop to cover the costs of running the most popular game of all time.... ...Clearly they have no NEED to make these mounts.However, also quite clearly, people are eating them up.Expect more in the future :)Clearly.Crystal clearly.Crystal Meth clearly
The only problem I have is that the math assumes that everyone in queue stayed in queue and bought a mount. I'm pretty sure people were probably jumping in queue, seeing the "6 hour" estimated wait time, and jumping back out. Added to that a few people I know waited in queue, then got kicked out (probably due to some disconnection) when they tried to proceed to checkout. However, it stands to reason that Blizzard is making a pretty penny off of these shiny ponies.
Still no PayPal support... this shop is lame. :(
people dont seem to realize that it costs 140k / day to keep WoW running. http://www.geekologie.com/2010/04/12/wow-chart-full.jpgWow. Just WoW. =)
I hope Blizzard will soon make the step many other games have made and reduce their subscription fee to 0$. Yes, 0$, but they add alot of goodies ingame that you need to pay to get, like this mount. At 25$ the mount, it only require 170000 players (1.6% of their player base) to covert their expense. The rest is pure profit.This would be awesome to not have to pay to play the game, but it would also bring more players to their game, which would also buy mount-like stuff, which would generate even more profit.Also, many economist (or whatever you call them) say that it is the future of video game. Give the product for free, but charge to get the "special stuff".Flagship StudiosHellgate London'nuff said.
These numbers are fatally flawed. The queue numbers include people who:1) Want to check out how big the queue is, so they click checkout.2) People who click checkout, but don't actually buy.3) People who click checkout, and then their payment method doesn't work.4) People who click checkout for any other reason.
What's the point of this thread? The numbers are made up, fictitious, not based on any real facts. Yes, I'm sure the Blizzard made a bunch of money, and I say good for them! If the company that makes the game I like to play earns more cash, then they can continue to provide us with a quality product!
/facepalmThe stock % number is there for two reasons:1) Marketing Gimmick - Blue posts already state that the purchasable mount is not going away. However this was unknown yesterday and it increased the number of people purchasing it. You can thank the Internet for the speed of information (false or true).2) Counter - This is for the internal developers that need to create more codes. If you fail to understand the process of creating codes (i.e. database development, redundancy, coders checking and rechecking) then this will serve as a lesser point.Overall, my hats off to Blizzard for creating an item that people purchased. Whether you mock people for paying ($25 is srs bzness for 12 year olds) or bought one yourself, Blizzard did a great marketing job. This enables them to look at the statistics of their online store for future purchases and contiue to develop novelty (read here: people want them so they feel unique in WoW) items.On a side note: I wonder how much gold was saved and possibly (not probably just an idea) by Blizzard having it possible to "buy" gold. Remember mounts, even though less expensive now, are still worth gold. Might be a forecasted move by Blizzard to eliminate gold farmers or this could be a wild guess.-Uncle
I can't wait to post a screenshot of my male blood elf pally on a pretty ponie! :p
OMG, i was gonna quote one post but then i read on and i saw another alot like it and then another and so. The point is if you morons dont understand that paying for WOW is the single most greatestsestestestestesss reason that WOW is updated regularly and patched almost every month then just quit playing, please. For all you morons who think that Blizzard made a ton of money off this maybe you should take into mind that the only thing that is netting them anything right now is WOW. O, and how long ago and ugly looking and ugly feeling would starcraft 2 had come out solely bc blizzard needed money, see WOW subscriptions not only keep WOW going strong but also helps for things like CATA and D3 and SC2. So to all you poopy heads out there quit crying like a bunch of little princesses that you are and support your awesome game baddies, o and no other good MMO is free to play, free ones have bugs and no support wat so ever, adorable baddies!Moderator note - Watch the language.
Yes, I'm sure the Blizzard made a bunch of money, and I say good for them! If the company that makes the game I like to play earns more cash, then they can continue to provide us with a quality product!So, more and more develpoment time dedicated to vanity items?
Yes, I'm sure the Blizzard made a bunch of money, and I say good for them! If the company that makes the game I like to play earns more cash, then they can continue to provide us with a quality product!So, more and more develpoment time dedicated to vanity items?Sure, but vanity items don't take that much development to make. They can use this money to keep their staff employed for customer service and development of new content, patches and fixes.If you think all they'll do is reinvest in more vanity items, then you're fairly short-sighted. This money goes back to the company (bonuses anyone?) and makes the employees happy, so they can continue to provide us with a quality (overall) product and quality service.
I hope they really invest this money on improving the game, or paying the cellphone bills for the daughter of mr. blizzard. I wish I could make something that had 100% profit and sold to 100k people or more.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCjuFpQ3EeASorry but i just found this TRH > GearScoreI find that insulting... I'm the holy paladin of my guild, and I wouldn't expect them to kick me for my personal choices of how I spend my money.
http://www.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ:ATVI&fstype=iilook at net income. Bliz has a crazy overhead, it's not like their making money hand over fist here. The idea to make a mount was awesome. they definitely made bank...but by no means are they gouging or making away with a great profit right now. bad economy is bad.Oh &*!@, is this the end of WoW as we know it?
I am really happy about this. The more money Blizzard have, the more they can pump into Cryptozoic for the TCG. Excellent!Cheers.
What I want to see in the future:"Due to the support of our customers (you) purchasing an outrageous number of cosmetic items from the Blizzard Store we are proud to announce that we are lowering our monthly subscription fee by 25%!Our stacks of cash are so high that they risk killing a small nation if they fall over, so we're going to have to cut back."
What I want to see in the future:"Due to the support of our customers (you) purchasing an outrageous number of cosmetic items from the Blizzard Store we are proud to announce that we are lowering our monthly subscription fee by 25%!Our stacks of cash are so high that they risk killing a small nation if they fall over, so we're going to have to cut back.";) That will happen shortly after the return of an infamous carpenter who got nailed to a tree for daring to suggest that people just love each other. This is a capitalist economy we're talking about, after all...