Black Desert has 18M registered players as Pearl Abyss counts $1B gross sales

    
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If you’re still reeling over the news that Black Desert is unceremoniously deleting its battle royale mode, Shadow Arena, from the game tomorrow, take heart: The rest of the game is going really well, at least if you’re counting by revenue and playerbase. Pearl Abyss announced this morning that it’s now “surpassed $1 billion in gross sales four years after its initial release” with 18 million registered users globally across 150 countries. That’s largely thanks to Black Desert on PC and Xbox One, but Black Desert Mobile is slated to release globally “by the end of 2019” too.

Apparently, Pearl Abyss has grown to 700 employees across its multiple hubs, and it’s still fleshing out that California base it announced last year. Incidentally, the PR mentions Pearl Abyss’ collaboration with CCP Games, which it purchased last fall.

“Following Pearl Abyss’ acquisition of CCP Games in November 2018, the Icelandic developer has continued to operate its own titles as an independent entity with studios in Reykjavík, London and Shanghai. Capitalizing on their common focus on MMO game development and live services for global audiences, the two companies are sharing knowledge on game development and strategy across the board while exploring ways to create synergy. Pearl Abyss and CCP Games recently announced their first project together, the introduction of Korean localization into EVE Online in Q4 2019.”

Source: Press release
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mpandu.nky

Signifies the size & growth of Asian MMO market. BDO SEA really exploded when it launched more than a year ago. With internet penetration increasing rapidly in developing Asian markets, I imagine we’ll see more of these news.

Personally it baffles me when reading Western MMO comment sections of people stating how ‘dead’ the genre is. Here in Asia it seems we have 2-3 new games by the month. And with Asia being the #1 growth market, there’s little point of prioritizing a Western adaptation at all.

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maydrock .

So, over the course of 4 years they have averaged about $55 per player or about $14 a year per player. Yeh, they’re smok’in all right.

And we wonder why we have such crap for games to choose from, but continue to bitch about every little thing companies put in their cash shops that might actually sell.

These numbers are suppose to be a celebration announcement, right?

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Roger Melly

So are you saying 1 Billion in gross sales is a bad thing ?

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maydrock .

Yes, absolutely.

Yeh, one billion sounds like some big number to an individual, but put in perspective on a number one can actually digest with regards to a company, it’s crap. It’s a wonder they are even turning a profit.

Wonder why the company didn’t put out, “We’re barely making a dollar per month per customer.” Same number basically, but a lot different….presentation.

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Roger Melly

Obviously tax has to be taken out of that as well as overheads but it would still leave quite a hefty profit in the hundreds of millions .

Personally I didn’t really care for Black Desert not my kind of game but this is a success story and I am glad because we don’t see many in mmo’s these days .

If they were only making one dollars profit out of each player then their net income would be 18 million and their gross income would be substantially lower than one billion . What you are saying really doesn’t bear up to scrutiny .

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Sally Bowls

That’s largely thanks to Black Desert on PC and Xbox One

/sigh
That seems a bit more pandering to the sitegeist; or at least more about the past than current.

Black Desert Mobile Earning Almost 3x As Much Money as PC Version


In the first nine months of mobile, BDO PC has gone from 100% to 23%. Who knows what the future will bring, but I think looking at PA’s numbers and Korean gaming trends, I know which trends I would bet on.

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Covynant001

I believe the $1B figure quoted was lifetime revenues which were responsible for most of it, the mobile version is the new kid on the block which only recently began outselling other platforms.

Mobile is still a crap platform for gaming, but people pay for lots of things I don’t care for.

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Nate Woodard

I don’t know man. I travel a lot for work and some of the crap tier hotels I stay in don’t have reliable internet for public use. Can’t say I’ve found a winner, but I’m certainly looking for something along the lines of BDO.

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xpsync

HELLO!

Bewildered game companies which ran out of cash cows to chase… look.. yep looky “looky what we have here” that’s right Biff… over here an entire massive sea of mmorpg players itching for some new mmorpg’s… all you have to do is get your act together and start turning some out, ahhh too bad pearl beat you too it, well do what you do best chase the money, come on, that’s a good wittle squirrel come on… and make it good or don’t bother, meaning no more clones oh that’s right we need not worry you already learned that hard lesson.
WELL! hop to it soldier!

lmao but hey! it’s freaking true.

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xpsync

MMORPG comin back around…

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rafael12104

Not bad for a game that isn’t even in the top 10 MMOs in Korea.

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Sally Bowls

It is the #2 Korean MMO in H1. At least for mobile and that’s what customers and shareholders care about.

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rafael12104

Yup. I was referring to desktop particular, but it is important to recognize that mobile is doing great.

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Koshelkin

Too bad the game’s hardlocking my computer. It happened only when I had BDO running. I’d play from time to time but I’m not risking my precious hardware for it.

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rafael12104

Hmm. Sounds like overheating. Not a diagnosis, just guessing as I ran into the same thing recently and it turned out that my video card fans were failing. And so, when the card was taxed with BDO the temp would hit over 90c and lock up due to a thermal event.

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Koshelkin

Overheating doesn’t lead to hardlocking the pc, the pc just shuts down in that case. I’m doing other intense things on my pc and it never hardlocked.

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Tandor

Software doesn’t normally lock up a computer, that’s generally indicative of a hardware fault. It may not be over-heating, but the chances are that a component is beginning to fail and that BDO is the only software that is testing it beyond its limit.

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Koshelkin

If Anthem @ 4k Ultra(or anything else, really) isn’t demanding enough to do that, I’d guess the problem lies with BDO’s coding

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Schlag Sweetleaf

10 억 달러!

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rafael12104

Heh. Google translate still works.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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rafael12104

LOL!

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3dom

That’s up to $100M fine when European commission will find out they are violating EU’s single market principle and GDPR laws on top of that (Kakao use regional IP blocks to enforce Baltic states into Russian services and payment system).

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Eliandal

PA is the developer, Kakao is the publisher. It’s a billion in 4 years. Really can’t wait for all this to shake out (hint, it’s probably going to end up with bitter consumers as companies simply pull back from the market ;) )

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wratts

Doesn’t PA own Kakao? Regardless, I do wonder if EU/GDPR laws will even be enforceable against some of these game publishers. Really seems like something that looked better on paper

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Sally Bowls

What I read is the original Kakao corp is spinning off multiple subsidiaries, including https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakao_Games. Unsurprisingly, ten cent was part of the group. https://esportsobserver.com/kakao-games-raises-130-million/
I don’t think PA owns Kakao Kakao is a public company worth 3.5 times as much as PA.