Black Desert makes $2M in cash shop sales in one week

Wait, what did that headline say? Did Black Desert really make a cool two million in just a week?

Apparently so! According to FreeMMOStation.com, the Korean fantasy title made 2.3 billion KWN ($2 million) in its first week of open beta in the country. Those sales were powered by Black Desert’s impressive 1.5 million registered users.

Now the question is, when Black Desert comes to the west in 2016, will future sales make this look like pocket change?

[Source: FreeMMOStation.com via Reddit]
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Rohirrim
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Rohirrim

RicharddeLeonIII Exactly..as I did not spent a dim in Archeage because of this…and I could pay them just to have my farmhouse and my boat to go out and fish. But..

Observer98
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Observer98

Orontos 
Gamers will pay for anything and everything these days.  Then they wonder why they get crap.

Nanulak
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Nanulak

That is exactly why I have to stay away from games with cash shops.  Just one month in a cash shop game can cost me 10 years of subscription from a normal pay model.

Walpurgisnacht
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Walpurgisnacht

Perfect Hero Walpurgisnacht It is doing some very different things. For one, there is a class dedicated to crafting. NPCs will not drop items, pretty much all items will required a crafter to craft them. Crafters will need to get mats from people fighting on the frontlines. The further a realm gets into enemy territory, the better mats they can collect to make better weapons and armor to make the realm stronger. There will be no auction house, instead the crafters will have shops where people can buy stuff from them. All items will decay over time so people will always have to return to crafters to repair and get new stuff. There is also a building system where you can build towns and structures using mats. So yeah, Camelot Unchained is doing a lot of new things, this is just one of them.

Ghostmourn
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Ghostmourn

In other news Blizzard raises 1.9 million for Ebola relief selling a little blue goat :)

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

stevebmbsqd Esoteric Coyote Gottphoenix EatCandy 
It’s a good start.

Champagon
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Champagon

That’s insane…..That’s equivalent of drug money…………  I am out of ellipses

wjowski
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wjowski

Scarecrowe 
Wish granted.  Nexon will be handling it instead.

Radfist
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Radfist

Orontos BrotherMaynard I think that’s a stretch goal on the kickstarter.

Radfist
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Radfist

ArtemisiaWS Radfist While its certainly fun to joke about ESO being in extended beta (I agree that it should never have launched in the state it was in), the truth is that MMOs are constantly changing games.. you could call any MMO an ongoing beta.  The EQ2 you play today is nothing like the one I played at launch 10 years ago.  The basic fact is that once you stop wiping characters it is no longer a beta (ie: pre-launch testing) it is now actually launched.
For some reason putting inaccurate beta tags became a popular defence mechanism for developers these days. Its not in beta, its just a really shitty launch product.  I just wish people would stop diluting the terms. Soon we will be seeing ‘No really, its in actual testing’ just because ‘alpha’ and ‘beta’ have become so misused.

doctoroverlord
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doctoroverlord

BrotherMaynard Scarecrowe Rolder Heh, I wonder when they’re going get smart and stop releasing gameplay videos with that camera shake on.

stevebmbsqd
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stevebmbsqd

Esoteric Coyote stevebmbsqd Gottphoenix EatCandy

Uhhh no. That was a reddit post about a poor translation from a Chinese site. Anet officially debunked that on their official Twitter stream. Maybe they sold that many later, but I doubt it since there were server mergers. I just find it annoying when people throw numbers around that have already been shown to be false. Anyway here is a link to the twitter post:

doctoroverlord
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doctoroverlord

zyrusticae Koshelkin Walpurgisnacht While I do think Black Desert could turn out to be something worthwhile, MMORPGs are never hotbeds for innovation.  They are just too big and too expensive for the kind of risk you see taken in single player games, much less independent games.
That said, the OP has a point. The hallmark of Western MMOs has always been stagnation with the occasional breakthrough followed by a glut of copy-cat wanna-bes and back into stagnation.  With the spectacular recent failures, the current buzzwords are developers hyping about how they are going back to their old-school mechanics of the ‘good old days’ rather than doing something *new*.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Korea manages to make something that could get the MMO world to take notice, it would be cool if Black Desert is it.

doctoroverlord
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doctoroverlord

/grumble – we have to wait a whole flipping year to try this game.

Xijit
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Xijit

zyrusticae Koshelkin Walpurgisnacht

God do those lame jump animations in TOR drive me up the wall … all that effort on fist bumps but no one has time to make a less shitty jump?

Xijit
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Xijit

Koshelkin Walpurgisnacht

Uhhh … Archeage, Aion, and TERA all have several things in common: Their developers.

XL games (Archeage) & BlueHole (TERA) were formed by former developers of NCsoft that got disgruntled during / after the development of AION.

Those three games are all alike & ride on Linage’s coat tails because for the most part, it was the same developers working on all of those games.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

SeedEve It’s already live – players are paying for it.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Lethality Icnoevil  There’s certainly some innovative scamming going on to make that much in their first week of launch.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Orontos Correct – players paying = launched.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Radfist If you’re taking money from players, then you’re launched and live.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Walpurgisnacht I see no Eastern innovation – except in gouging and scamming.

Perfect Hero
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Perfect Hero

Walpurgisnacht Is Camelot unchained innovating? It sounds just like every other mmo that Jacobs has worked on to be honest. Very little innovation going on there.

zyrusticae
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zyrusticae

Koshelkin Walpurgisnacht  They might be using mechanics based off previous games, but at the same time they’re also the ones taking the most chances with experimental new mechanics (like pretty much everything that makes up Black Desert’s gameplay loop outside of combat). Can’t say the same for the grand majority of Westerner-developed MMORPGs. 
Doesn’t help that they’re also usually better at the whole ‘execution’ part, either. Not often I run into a Korean game with TESO or SWTOR’s level of sheer animation jankiness.

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

2 Million means they got around 1.33 $ from each of their players. Yeeeeeaaaahh.. see … that’s how F2P works(sometimes).

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

Walpurgisnacht No, Korean MMOs tend to imitate and mimick one another while the same holds true for western developers.. just with other western developers.

I mean Archeage, Aion, Tera… they are just evolutionary steps of Lineage in the end.

Bashmet
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Bashmet

Radfist Icnoevil I’m sure there’s something that circumvents time on the cash shop. If not, there will be.

Bashmet
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Bashmet

Icnoevil Lethality I think everything has more grinding than Archeage.

Rhime
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Rhime

Scarecrowe  Not unless they want to game population to stay away in droves due to stupidity.

Walpurgisnacht
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Walpurgisnacht

Korean MMOs are the only ones really innovating in the genre. Western developers have been sitting on their asses for too long. The only things happening there are Everquest Next, with its uncertain future, and Camelot Unchained, a kickstarted RvR MMO. The west needs to step it up or Korea will overtake them.

Mathew_Reuther
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Mathew_Reuther

I’m so gunshy where Korean MMOs are concerned. I always like their looks and I always like their features.
But I am always so disappointed in the end.

NebHatesYou
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NebHatesYou

Korean MMOs have become train wrecks that, for some reason, I enjoy taking part in.
It’s like a rollercoaster that you know has a 99% chance to break midrun but… somehow it’s still enticing.

Strange.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Kayweg They can still do wipes, they just have to give people “credit” for anything they’ve spent. I agree though, as much as I want to try it, I wont bother if it’s just a cash shop wearing a games clothing.

CistaCista
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CistaCista

Orontos  Characters will be wiped, ergo it is a beta.

Dnote
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Dnote

GleefulGrognard Dnote ArbiterLibera Except most of those subscribers are in China where it is not only cheaper, but the local publisher takes a cut (and taxes). I don’t know what the split of that revenue is, but its from the Activision share holder report.

Orontos
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Orontos

Gylnne Orontos Thank you! :D

Orontos
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Orontos

BrotherMaynard Orontos 
Such as?

Orontos
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Orontos

Stickiler Orontos Too true. I will say I wish the West would pick up some of the habits of the east, an example being the Cash Shop in ArcheAge. I much prefer how it is ran in Korea than how it is by Trion. On all other points, I feel you’re on the money.

Orontos
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Orontos

SkyyDragonn I can agree with that as well! My buddy bought me the game and I played it for a bit.  Mannnn was it rough.  Luckily for both of us, the accounts got mistakenly banned in one of the first waves of mass banning. He was obviously upset at having lost money, but it was worth it. lol

BrotherMaynard
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BrotherMaynard

Orontos What about fully functional cash shops that have some sort of game as a free bonus?

BrotherMaynard
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BrotherMaynard

Scarecrowe Rolder That’s nothing to worry about, it’s one of the FVCs here (frequently voiced concerns) – in every BD discussion – together with “I can’t play that, the camera shake is giving me headaches!”

Bullwraith
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Bullwraith

Some great ideas already. I was thinking of T-shirts and hoodies. A sand-casted action figure of Justin. Logo etched in glassware. You know, must-have stuff! :)

GleefulGrognard
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GleefulGrognard

StranaFA Vexia Dnote It was more that Smedly had explicitly stated that “You will not be able to buy weapons”
regardless of any other info that was out that was what he said.
Honestly I have wiped Daybreak’s games from my memory until the company proves itself in the next 6-10months time.

GleefulGrognard
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GleefulGrognard

Vexia wolfyseyes Damn straight… Server costs are relatively low these days, I really do think that low cost subscriptions could have a market.

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

RicharddeLeonIII Bullwraith Avatars, coloured text, special backgrounds, special post borders, special themes, ad shielding… umm… magic like potions.

Magic like potions /snicker I can see the item description now “Just use this potion on your post to instantly increase it to 5 to 20 likes.  Tired of no one reading your posts?  Well instantly get likes and get noticed now!  Pretend you have people who actually like you!”  You should make this a thing.

GleefulGrognard
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GleefulGrognard

Dnote ArbiterLibera Hmmm, ignoring cash shop purchases, boxed purchases and people who play inflated subscription costs around the world.
7.9m subscribers in the last quarter of 2014 would have netted 102.7m a month at a $13 a month sub fee… even with fees, servers and the like I SERIOUSLY doubt that the game costs them more than 50million a month.
That aside WoW is an exception to the rule in western MMO markets

GleefulGrognard
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GleefulGrognard

EatCandy Gottphoenix SWTOR was P2P dude, not B2P.
B2P is box price and then support via cash shop, it has flaws but it has benefits. It reduces hackers, botters and general trolls by a fair margin in comparison to f2p and still gives the devs a decent chunk of money without turning away people because of a sub fee.

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

stevebmbsqd Gottphoenix EatCandy Purchases does not mean current players.  It could very well have been 3.8 million copies sold, but the population died off very quickly resulting in mergers.  GW2 is a good game, but it’s like D3 for me.  I pick it up once and a while play it for a while, get bored, and then come back in few months.  Often there is no difference in game play between those few months.  Though this time we have Silverwastes, and WvW insanity… almost ever tier of WvW on NA is out of whack by medium to extreme degrees.  The only balanced match ups this week is tier 1 and 8 with tier 2 being could be better, but okay.

GleefulGrognard
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GleefulGrognard

EatCandy A Dad Supreme Eh would rather if games could be supported other ways personally. Buying rewards past a certain point gets a bit silly.

Scarecrowe
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Scarecrowe

Rolder Scarecrowe
The sad thing is that I think I read that way back when but just forgot it.  I’m going to blame this on never having heard of Daum before rather than the fact that I’m just getting old… (thx for the link!)

Rolder
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Rolder

Scarecrowe One google later: http://massively.joystiq.com/2014/07/24/black-deserts-na-and-eu-publisher-is-daum/

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