MMO Week in Review: Monetization lessons from LOTRO and EVE

    
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This week in MMOs saw two stories that really tell opposite tales when it comes to monetization. Lord of the Rings Online came out with a plan to make freely available significant chunks of the game that had previously been locked behind years’ worth of paid expansions, essentially streamlining and simplifying the entire business model of the game, to the cheers of MMO players. EVE Online, however, had been stewing in a money mess of its own making dubbed barge-gate, whereby players and influencers were in open revolt over. Fortunately, late Friday night, CCP Games finally gave in and canceled the barge sales, but not without a nasty PR hit.

Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday (since 2010!) in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

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Every week, get caught up on the MMO genre’s latest news and Massively OP’s best content in our MMO Week in Review! Want more roundups of content? Try Friday’s Betawatch for MMO testing highlights, Saturday’s Make My MMO for MMO crowdfunding updates, and Sunday’s The MOP Up, which mops up all the bits of news we didn’t cover anywhere else.
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