Leaderboard: Does an MMORPG’s publisher factor into whether you’ll play it?


I was genuinely surprised to see so many people flip out over August’s reveal that Ashes of Creation will be using My.com as its European publisher. Given that games like Crowfall and Shroud of the Avatar have also opted to go with overseas publishers for tricky foreign markets, it just wasn’t a shock to see another indie MMORPG studio do exactly the same thing, nor was it a shock that Intrepid picked one of the bigger and bolder ones – baggage or not.

Nevertheless, I saw some folks overseas saying they wouldn’t play the game at all now, or would find a way to play on servers controlled by Intrepid itself rather than deal with My.com. I saw some folks say similar things when Daybreak took over publishing Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online too (which might just by why Daybreak has been mum on its real stake in Standing Stone). I would sooner abandon a game over its studio’s antics than over its publisher, but maybe I’m in the minority there because of where I live. Let’s find out.

Multiple responses are allowed, since there’s a bit of overlap here!

Does an MMORPG's publisher influence whether you'll play it?

  • I don't care at all about an MMO's publisher. It doesn't influence what I buy and play. (5%, 18 Votes)
  • I educate myself on publisher shenanigans, but I don't generally avoid whole publishers. (14%, 50 Votes)
  • I'm stuck with the game I love and a publisher won't change that because sometimes publishers change. (4%, 14 Votes)
  • I take a wait-and-see approach on every game whose publisher has a bad rep. (15%, 52 Votes)
  • A publisher is part of my understanding of the studio, and whom the studio chooses to work with can push me over the line on studios that already make me wary. (13%, 45 Votes)
  • I'll avoid certain publishers based on a history of poor service to my region, which will make the game much harder to play. (17%, 62 Votes)
  • I'd mentally blacklist a publisher, but only if the history is really, truly awful. (10%, 35 Votes)
  • There are some publishers whose games I will never, ever play, even if I love the individual games and studios. (13%, 47 Votes)
  • There are some publishers with such great reps that I will consider playing anything from any studio whose games they publish. (4%, 15 Votes)
  • Something else (1%, 5 Votes)
  • No response / just view tally / elf butts (3%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 223

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