The MOP Up: Roblox players spend over $1.5 billion to date

    
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With a record-breaking haul of $100 million in May, Roblox crossed the $1.5 billion threshold in terms of the game’s revenue to date. A great majority of that income was generated from iOS players in the United States. So far, Roblox’s mobile edition has been downloaded 383 million times. Read that and weep. Or celebrate. You feel what you feel.

And this is just the beginning of the rest of the news! Read on for a roundup of other smaller MMO news stories and videos from this past week in this edition of The MOP Up (and if you don’t see a news story that we should have covered, drop us a tip)!

Aion’s epic event series continues in Europe: “A mysteriously shimmering material has fallen on Atreia: Callistite, which is said to contain the concentrated power of the moon. Rumours are going around that whoever possesses enough Callistites will be able to transfer their unbound power onto their weapons.”

Wurm Online’s newest update contains a user interface upgrade. Neato!

Path of Exiles reaped so many tweaks and improvements to the Harvest update. You’re going to need a season or two to digest it all.

Revelation Online continues to improve its cross-server features, including a new auction house and cross-server guild league.

Fortnite datamining has the community speculating that an Aquaman update is coming.

Trove’s Delves update is finally coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this July 7th.

“The MU Online team will bring exciting new content to its upcoming Season 15: Part 1 update including the addition of a new character, Slayer, and the opening of a speed event server for a quick level up,” a press announcement said.

Southeast Asia players may celebrate that Elder Scrolls Blades finally launched in their region.

Here’s the calendar and a few freebie notifications for Realm of the Mad God’s July.

EGX is the latest physical games show to be canceled over COVID-19: “The show organisers will instead run EGX Digital and team-up with PAX Online to deliver a 24-hour global online event that will begin September 12th and finish September 20th.”

Realm of the Mad God is running a “little notes to heaven” community event through mid-July, so get cracking!

Call of Duty: Warzone increased its battle royale map size to 200, which is 50 more than it used to be.

Who wants a small, itty bitty patch today? DayZ has one for you!

Yeah, so, post-apocalyptic car football is a thing, and it’s in Crossout:

The MMO industry pumps out more and more news every year – no site could possibly cover everything. That’s why we gather together all the extras every week in The MOP Up, our a weekly compilation of MMO info we don’t want lost in the cracks of time. Send us your news bits through our tips line!

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David Goodman

I think i’ve given my son $5 to spend on robux, to buy a private server for one of the games. (i paid for it on my account, and invited him to join the private server, rather than add funds or a card to his account.)

I’ve played with him too, and it’s fun to play with him because he’s .. just so damned enthusiastic about everything, especially when it’s a family event.

But my opinion on Roblox hasn’t changed much — it’s basically the Android app store market for people who don’t have the patience to learn how to program. Virtually every game is predatory and built on selling you the solution to problems in the game they created.

But like the various app stores, there’s some games that are reasonably relaxing or engaging enough, just nothing that i’d willingly play if it weren’t for my son :)

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Fisty

All those poor parents

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Ricardo Banderas

I don’t believe in any of those numbers. And even if the revenue is true, seems like money laundry.

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BalsBigBrother

Speaking of Roblox saw this earlier today.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53272411

Basically an 11 year old ran up a £4,642 bill over the course of a month after initially being allowed to spend a payment of £4.99.

To be fair Roblox have said they will refund the full amount after the BBC got in touch, still not a great look for them. Makes you wonder how often this happens and whether they refund folks who are not in a BBC or other news story.

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angrakhan

I dunno. My kids have been playing Roblox quite a bit now for years. To date they’ve spent a grand total of $0.00 USD. That’s because they don’t have incomes or credit cards. If they want money they come to me, and my answer to the request for Robucks (Roblox premium currency) is no. How in the world does an 11 year old get access to … does a quick currency lookup… $5,799.32 USD? Sounds like some negligent/ignorant parenting to me.

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BalsBigBrother

It’s in the linked article if you read it.

The card owner was 71 years old and thought that he was only giving the 11 year old a small treat worth £4.99

He didn’t realise that his card details were stored as by his own admission he is not tech savvy. The 11 year old didn’t realise that they were spending real money beyond the first payment.

Some folks don’t know this stuff nor is it always apparrent how things work if you are not shown these things. I am sure that he will be more careful in the future but it’s a hard way to learn that sort of lesson.