December 10, 2010

COD: Source of Greed



        It has come to light that Activi­sion share hold­ers are unhap­py with the com­pa­ny for not charg­ing a fee for online mul­ti­play­er in COD games, Specif­i­cal­ly Black Ops and MW2 as those two alone have among the high­est online gam­ing traf­fic on Xbox Live and PSN, and Activi­sion appears to be under a cer­tain amount of scruti­ny for not forc­ing the gam­ing com­mu­ni­ty to pay a sub­scrip­tion fee on top of the $60 ini­tial price tag.
An ana­lyst has said that not charg­ing for online mul­ti­play­er is “a betray­al of share­hold­er trust” while anoth­er said that keep­ing mul­ti­play­er free is “a seri­ous strate­gic error” and con­tin­ued with “We firm­ly believe that until the pub­lish­ers address mon­eti­sas­tion of mul­ti­play­er, game sales will con­tin­ue to be chal­lenged by the pub­lish­ers’ altru­is­tic deci­sion to pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant­ly more enter­tain­ment val­ue per hour than ever in his­to­ry”. Activi­sion CEO Bob­by Kotick is also on this band­wag­on and has admit­ted that if were up to him COD play­ers would be charged for a sub­scrip­tion ser­vice “tomor­row”.
Bot­tom line is that COD is a huge source of rev­enue, its online com­mu­ni­ty is gar­gan­tu­an and those already mak­ing mon­ey off the fran­chise aren’t hap­py with the mil­lions the game has pulled in and con­tin­ues to bring in from game sales, but insist that once the game has been payed for, the con­sumer con­tin­ues to pay a fee if he/she wish­es to expe­ri­ence every­thing the game has to offer.
I for one will no longer be play­ing COD online should Activi­sion cave and charge for online Mul­ti. Nor will I buy a COD game imme­di­ate­ly after release, and instead buy it lat­er used from a game retail­er so as to avoid sup­port­ing activi­sion while still enjoy­ing their prod­uct.
Thoughts? reac­tions? would you pay for COD online Mul­ti???


  1. Philit - December 10, 2010 7:07 pm

    Luck­i­ly I still play CS so only have to donate to the guys I like to run servers. But if activi­sion is offer­ing some spe­cial ser­vice for this fee, like sol­id servers or some­thing of the sort, should­n’t be a prob­lem. A lot of the MMOs have switched to a f2p/p2p sys­tem so why should we expect a shoot­er to be dif­fer­ent. Busi­ness wise it makes sense as the lem­mings will pay for any­thing. Those of us who do not like already avoid the fees where we can.

  2. PimpmasterF - December 10, 2010 7:24 pm

    Black ops brought back ded­i­cat­ed servers cuz of all the grip­ing, and from the sound of it they want to charge just for the oppor­tu­ni­ty to play online, I would­nt count on any­thing extra for it, ded­i­cat­ed servers are already fund­ed by the play­ers and admins run­ning them so I would­nt expect activi­sion or its sharhold­ers to be gen­er­ous in the way of pre­mi­um con­tent for a price, we would be pay­ing for some­thing that should remain free. Yes many would prob­a­bly pay for it but would also like­ly be a bit upset by it and not play as long as they nor­mal­ly would, also I think there would be a great deal who would stop play­ing all togeth­er and stick with BC2, CSS, Bat­tle­field, etc. who main­tain the is and should be free mul­ti­play­er. If COD starts charg­ing for mul­ti. you wont see me on a COD serv­er, youll find me on the BC2 and MOH servers enjoy­ing free online play.

  3. CharcoalCoyote - December 10, 2010 8:37 pm

    I, per­son­al­ly, can­not wait to see this hap­pen. I real­ly hope Activi­sion fol­lows through with this ter­ri­ble, ter­ri­ble mis­take. Hope­ful­ly they’ll con­tin­ue to make these poor deci­sions until they top­ple. This, my friends, is cap­i­tal­ism at work. And if the sheep still play it and pay the fee, good for them. That’s less mon­ey that they have to extract from oth­er, bet­ter games that Activi­sion is in the gen­er­al vicin­i­ty of.

  4. Bartholomew P. Skibbenheims III - December 10, 2010 8:37 pm

    I already don’t buy CoD games because of how they are han­dling PC mul­ti­play­er. It seems they are try­ing to give me a rea­son to not buy any of their games out­side of that fran­chise.
    There is no good rea­son oth­er than greed they would charge mon­ey for online play. This isn’t a mmo and does not require the kind of servers or the lev­el of live sup­port that mmos require. Nor will they crank out new con­tent for the game at a rate worth a month­ly fee. They already charge for “DLC” map packs.
    Their share­hold­ers that feel “betrayed” because they did­n’t charge extra by the month to play online are com­plete idiots. They are sim­ply greedy noth­ing more.

  5. PimpmasterF - December 11, 2010 7:18 am

    Agreed, Activi­sion is pret­ty huge and only get­ting big­ger, thanks most­ly to COD I think, it seems they are quick­ly becom­ing hat­ed more than EA. I dont know all of Activi­sions deal­ings and what not but they seem to be tak­ing more and more steps down­hill, first there was the fall­out with Infin­i­ty Ward over not pay­ing out roy­al­ties, then this gets out, sure it could be worse but how long till it actu­al­ly is. Activi­sion puts out some real­ly good stuff so I real­ly hope they dont give in and start charg­ing cuz they will lose a cus­tomer, one of many I think.

  6. PimpmasterF - December 11, 2010 7:21 am

    Like char­coal said this is Cap­i­tal­ism at its best, how­ev­er just cuz they would be mak­ing more mon­ey off of one fran­chise I would­nt expect to see less mon­ey grub­bing in oth­ers

  7. ScrotusKilmystr - December 11, 2010 7:50 am

    the ques­tion is would there be one fee for all the activi­sion titles with a mul­ti­play­er com­po­nent OR a seper­ate fee for each game? either way i would nev­er pay it I already pay a fee for XBL! why would I pay anoth­er fee? it’s all Micheal Dou­glas’s fault for mak­ing anoth­er Wall Street movie!

  8. T8 - December 12, 2010 3:14 pm

    Noth­ing COD will ever do will be “right” in my books.

  9. zero_19 - December 13, 2010 10:37 am

    I would nev­er pay a fee for online play. And any com­pa­ny that would do this I feel would quick­ly learn how fick­le their con­sumer base real­ly is. Activi­sion charges for MP and EA does­n’t? Look who just got a whole mess of new cus­tomers.


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