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Old 05-24-2019, 06:43 PM
Brainiac4 is offline
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Originally Posted by TimeWinder View Post
OK. "NCSoft didn't err." First, the number of people willing to play something for free isn't a good indicator of how many will pay for it. More importantly, they had the actual books -- I'm sure they were capable of complex calculations like "greater than" and "less than" and determining if they were achieving their financial goals or not.
The frustrating thing about the closure was that City of Heroes was making money when it was shut down. NCSoft wanted more focus on things in their portfolio where they saw greater ROI. And hey, that's the kind of decisions that corporations get to make. But it's hard to wrap your head around the idea of turning off something that is making money.

Then add in the additional information that seven years later there are thousands of people - tens of thousands - who are willing to install a special installer, work through technical issues and engage in something that's quite possibly illegal. That's a level of desire for a game that's pretty remarkable. And on the (modern) financial front, the Homecoming servers raised the $6600 they asked for in something like 20 minutes.

So hey, maybe they didn't err. Or maybe they did, and they could have had a nice cash cow for the past 7 years.
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