Most of the time, the fans are always right. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of Ware III barely made a dent in its first day sales which pale in comparison to its peers, mostly because of a confused revision of the game’s genre. As one fan puts it: “we tried to tell you, we want a Dawn of War game closer to Dawn of War 1, not Halo Wars mixed with a MOBA.”
Dead On Arrival
This is what happens when conventional game publishers listen to yes-men: they end up with a dead on arrival game such as DoW 3. There may be 15,000 people playing right now, but fans of the franchise are doubtful how long it would last if less than 70,000 bought the title from Steam on the first day, according to third-party site SteamSpy.
History Repeats Itself
Fans of the RTS genre may remember a similar incident involving a much bigger title about 7 years ago: StarCraft 2. It took Blizzard a lot of investment to continue forcing changes down fans’ throats, and eventually gave up recently to release a remastered version of the original for a thriving hardcore fan base to play.
Unfortunately for Relic Games, they’re not as wealthy as Blizzard. It remains to be seen how they get out of this one.
According to the Dota 2 The International Compendium Official Website, the Prize Pool has just broken past USD$10,000,000. The prize pool for the tournament broke records for being the largest in eSports by reaching the $10,000,000 (USD) mark on June 27th, almost three weeks prior to the start of the tournament. This is the screen shot as of writing:
News of this development also has fans of rival franchise League of Legends (LoL) worried and on the defense. Riot Games has not yet announced any prize money for their equivalent LoL World Championships which will be held in Seoul, South Korea.
The International is an annual tournament hosted by Valve Software for their action real time strategy game ‘Dota 2’ where 16 of the finest teams from across the world compete against each other for the world championship, massive prize pool that this thread is about and all the glory in the world.
Valve seeds $1.6 Million USD as the prize pool of the event with the Dota 2 community having the opportunity to add to the prize pool by purchasing the ‘Interactive Compendium’. For every Compendium purchased, 25% ($2.50) of the sales are added to the prize pool of the event.
The Interactive Compendium this year was launched on May 9, 2014 and the Dota 2 community have purchased enough of them until today to have boosted the prize pool to over $10,000,000 technically adding over 5 times the base prize pool to the event.
If Valve can sell that convenience along with the power and potential of a true living room PC experience, they won’t be selling a PC at all. They’ll be selling something that will be strolling right into the console battlefield and laying some of the sneakiest sucker-punches this business has ever seen.
As the 2012 gaming season draws to a close, both consumers and analysts alike have already begun salivating over what possibilities lie ahead in 2013. While new consoles are poised to usher in the next generation of gaming experiences, the current cycle of platforms are also expected to go out strong with a wide variety of blockbuster titles. Both of these dynamics present an interesting problem in the sense that there are still plenty of titles being developed that we don’t know anything about yet. In this article, I will give my own personal thoughts on 13 games that I feel will be revealed at some point and time in 2013.
The IDC report highlights that just this past December, Sony’s PS3 managed to surpass the number of Xbox 360s shipped worldwide (about 77 million vs. 76 million), despite the PS3 launching a year later. While many hardcore gamers are now waiting for the next-generation systens from Sony and Microsoft, IDC noted that Nintendo will still “find an audience” with Wii U, reaching global bundle shipments of 50 million by year-end 2016.