Shroud of the Avatar studio Portalarium confirms it’s taken over European publishing from Travian

    
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Back in October, we briefly covered the news that Travian Games, Shroud of the Avatar’s European publisher since 2017, appeared to no longer be featuring Shroud of the Avatar on its website. Since then, multiple German games sites have raised the issue again, noting that Travian didn’t promote the game at Gamescom this year either and that Travian’s community managers for SOTA seem to have gone offline last month.

So what exactly is going on? We reached out to Portalarium for a statement, and we now have one direct from Starr Long, who confirmed that the partnership has ended and that Portalarium has taken back over publishing in the region.

“I can confirm that we are no longer working directly with Travian,” he told us. “While we greatly appreciate the partnership and work done for Shroud of the Avatar by Travian, we decided it was in the best interest of the product and community to directly sell and support Shroud of the Avatar in the areas which Travian had been managing going forward.”

SOTA suffered a round of layoffs this summer and Richard Garriott shed his CEO title while staying attached to the game as creative director, though Garriott has maintained that the game is performing well and patches have continued rolling out on a monthly basis.

MMO players will also recall that rival MMO Crowfall also partnered with Travian Games to publish the game in Europe, Brazil, the Middle East, and North Africa, though ArtCraft has said it aims to have a single universe for all players.

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Mikka Hansen

PR statement: Portalarium takes over European publishing from Travian

Non-PR statement: Travian cuts their losses and dumps Portalarium

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Songs for Children

This event in and of itself would not be a huge concern. Look at it in the wider context and it’s clearly a symptom of Portalarium’s incompetence and impending insolvency.

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Songs for Children

That’s a lot like saying that falling is technically flying because you haven’t hit the ground yet.

This game is going down and has been for a couple of years now. Thousands of backers and millions of dollars raised, and nothing to show for it except nearly immediate FTP and a couple of hundred players on Steam. Yeah, yeah, people can play without Steam, but where are those numbers posted if they’re so great?

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Bruno Brito

They aren’t. This game is a optimization mess. Which is sad, cuz i really liked the idea.

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Caleb Cranson

Well if Dallas Snell leaving and Garriott stepping down as CEO didn’t make people pause with concern, I sure hope this does! This is essentially Travian stating, “We have no faith in Portlarium to generate any future revenue and have decided to remove ourselves to limit legal liability on a going forward basis.”

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Caleb Cranson

No offense Victor, but given the lack of transparency on everything they do, I’ll take that with a grain of salt…look at the source!

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Songs for Children

Anyone who says that Portalarium is transparent doesn’t understand the concept of transparency.

The CEO relinquishes his title on the down low and, when people notice, pretends it’s no big deal. The company loses a major distribution deal and only comments on it when pestered repeatedly. These are not the actions of a transparent company.

What Portalarium seems to not understand is that they have angered thousands of people–largely people who helped with the SotA Kickstarter–with their broken promises and their poorly optimized game. Some of these jilted people are watching closely what the company does.

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Songs for Children

Twenty thousand backers, and now only hundreds are playing. What’s your take on that, Victor?

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datruthiness

You do realise that dumping crap out of Jira copy paste style into the forum doesn’t really count right? That is the BARE minimum required to do most any developer job.

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datruthiness

Hey VD, if everything is so transparent, where was the announcement about Travian? Why did we hear about this from a 3rd party gaming news area and not from them?

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Songs for Children

“…we decided it was in the best interest of the product and community to directly sell and support Shroud of the Avatar in the areas which Travian had been managing going forward.”

If the Steam numbers are a reliable indication, Portalarium needs all the help they can get to support their game.

“I can confirm that we are no longer working directly with Travian,”

What does this even mean? Is Portalarium working indirectly with Travian? Either they have a business partnership or they don’t.

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Armsbend

It means they probably still owe Travian money.

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Songs for Children

Perhaps the lack of “direct” cooperation means that they’re now settling the matter in court?

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datruthiness

Yeah it is sad. Look at the news that just came out of Travian! They layed off a large part of their workforce.

Did Shroud of the Avatar do this?

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Read: “Travian discovered there was no money to be made here so they dumped us” and/or “We’re about broke so couldn’t afford to keep Travian working on our behalf.”

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Armsbend

The words. You just took them all out of my mouth.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

I suppose there is a non-zero chance that it was “Travian was so bad at their job that we fired them feeling we’d be better off without them,” but unless we get a story about Crowfall firing them as well, I’m not buying it.

Also, looking into Travian, what an odd choice for either company to go to as a publisher. As a company they have some reach, but their catalog is essentially six browser MMOs, with another in development.

They do seem to be okay at translating games into many languages, but I’ve worked on internationalization before and, so long as you build for it, you can get any number of companies on board for that.

Otherwise, dealing with games that have a local client seems to be a new thing for them.

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datruthiness

Why do you think dealing with games that have a local client seems new? They have others.