Higher barrier to entry? was RE: [MUD-Dev] NEWS: Blizzard Entertainment announces World of Warcraft

Derek Licciardi kressilac at home.com
Mon Sep 10 23:19:25 New Zealand Standard Time 2001

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Travis Nixon
> From: "Derek Licciardi" <kressilac at home.com>

>> In the recent computer breakin that happened to Verant, Sony
>> released a figure in a press release saying their EQ empire was
>> worth 50 million a month.( I think Gamespy reported it ) BTW I
>> don't plan on having 1% of the budget.

> That number is WAY too big.  By about a factor of 10.  50 million
> a year I could believe, and actually, that would be about
> right. :) That would, of course, be gross income, not net.

I could certainly see how this could be a monthly figure.  They have
action figures, memorabilia, events, boxed set revenues and
subscriptions (+ additional services).  5 million a month on 400,000
subscribers is a small number that does not include any boxed set
revenue or merchandising of any kind.  If they were exagerating the
numbers a bit for the sake of the pending lawsuit I can see that,
but it is not unreasonable to think that their revenues are upwards
of 20 million a month or at the least 30-40 million a quarter.

Derek Licciardi

ps Oh I forget the advertising revenue through The Station.com.

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