Free Realms - A Little Too Free?

By Published July 18, 2009 at 9:00 am

Sony Online Entertainment, publisher of one successful MMO and several dead ones, recently announced that Free Realms, which went live seven weeks ago, has snatched up 3-million users.  SOE claimed that this was a successful launch, but apparently the historians that also work at SOE have warned of a dark future.  The company is laying off 41 people, or 5% of its full-time developers.  Click Read More for sarcasm and bias!

"In a move to increase operational efficiency and reduce costs, Sony Online Entertainment has eliminated 5 percent of its full-time workforce, equaling 41 people," said SOE's PR.  

Maybe Free Realms is a little bit too free.  Don't tell them I said that - they have a tendency to fix things that aren't broken, like EverQuest.

This just in, SOE announces that making games free is not the best business model for a company with 820 employees and no strong revenue for 8 years.

Last modified on July 18, 2009 at 9:00 am
Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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