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Per-Player Revenue (ARPU) for MMOs


Yesterday SuperData Research posted the monthly ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) for 10 major MMO free-to-play (F2P) titles. It’s a fascinating article. What jumps out to me is that the ARPU’s are significantly less than a monthly subscription of $15

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Posted in Business Analysis, Guild Wars 2, League of Legends, World of Tanks

Stranger Than Fiction: The Ouster and Possible Return of the CEO of Red 5 Studios


Back in October, a reader suggested I check out Firefall, an open world MMO shooter. At the time my curiosity with shooters had picked up after playing the pseudo-shooter World of Tanks. I spent a few hours playing Firefall but

Posted in Business Analysis, Firefall, Game Design

Why PVE Content Shouldn’t Be a Coral Reef


Thanks to the rich analytics I have for this blog, I can see where traffic originates from. For my previous article on the two issues plaguing game developers, I found the following take by Zennia on the Old Timer’s Guild forums:

Posted in Business Analysis, Game Design, Guild Wars 2, PVE, World of Warcraft

The Two Big Issues Plaguing MMORPG Game Developers


Here are the two most common, critical issues of game developers in the MMORPG space: They’re unable to contain scope and go “big game hunting” They’re lagging behind broader industry trends I’m going to unpack these in detail. The good

Posted in Business Analysis, Camelot Unchained, Game Design, League of Legends, PVE, PVP, RIFT, SWTOR, Warhammer Online, World of Tanks, World of Warcraft

My Perspective on Foundation Principles 2 Through 4 for Camelot Unchained


You’ve probably heard that former Mythic studio head Mark Jacobs is back in the saddle again. He is laying the groundwork for an MMORPG called “Camelot Unchained” (CU) that will be funded via Kickstarter. Jacobs has been a significant player

Posted in Business Analysis, Camelot Unchained, Elder Scrolls Online, Game Design, PVP, World of Warcraft
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