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Bigpoint nets €2 million from virtual drone

By Matthew Handrahan

Thu 24 Nov 2011 10:31am GMT / 5:31am EST / 2:31am PST

2000 DarkOrbit players purchase premium virtual item


Bigpoint: Where online gamers go! is the largest German gaming portal and one of the...

Leading free-to-play online developer Bigpoint has generated €2 million in revenue from a single virtual item.

The item in question is a high-ranked combat drone (the "Zeus Drone") for the company's popular MMO DarkOrbit. The item went on sale for €1,000 on four separate days this month, and more than 2000 of DarkOrbit's 65 million registered players bought one.

Bigpoint confirmed the figures to GamesBrief, and estimated that its total revenue from virtual goods this year would hit €200 million.

"Originally, CEO Heiko Hubertz told me that the company had sold 1000 [Zeus] drones," said Nicholas Lovell, who operates the GamesBrief blog.

"He then introduced me to the producer of the game, Simon Davis, to explain how DarkOrbit worked. Simon told me that he had been authorised to say that the company has now sold 2000, as at 16th November 2011."

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One THOUSAND Euros for a virtual item?????
Two THOUSAND people bought one???????????????

I need to go lie down.

Posted:4 years ago


Joseph Harvey Department head, Firelight Technologies

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Move over microtransactions, macrotransactions have arrived!

Posted:4 years ago


Guido Schmidt Lead Game Designer, Ubisoft Blue Byte

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This news is actually not true.

Posted:4 years ago


Nick Parker Consultant

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I wonder how much of this was on the record or off the record?

Posted:4 years ago

@ Guido: the OP Lovell is standing by his article, please see his comment at the bottom of the article you linked to. So I still need to lie down for a bit.

Posted:4 years ago


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