If anyone’s wondering if BioWare has increased their revenues with SWTOR since going free to play, we now have evidence that it has “more than doubled”. This is not a surprise to many who have been following the game but it’s probably good news for investors.
Polygon reports on today’s earnings call:
Gibeau said the game has grown significantly.
“Since it was induced in November, we’ve added more than 1.7 million new players on the free model to the service,” Gibeau said. “And the number of subscriptions has stabilized at just under half a million.
“The really interesting thing that’s happening inside the service right now is monthly average revenue for the game has more than doubled since we introduced the free-to-play option. And as we look forward, we’re going to continually invest in new content for the service and for players every six weeks or so.”
As we can see from this earnings call, the F2P plan is working out for EA/Bioware when it comes to SWTOR. We’ve also seen evidence that this might be the way of the future for online games. Will we even see another MMORPG with a subscription only model? There’s a good chance we won’t in the years to come.
What do you think?