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Pachter – Star Wars: The Old Republic is Proof That Subscription MMOs Have Peaked

Posted on July 10, 2012 AT 10:30am

Video game analyst Michael Pachter believes that subscription MMOs have peaked, using BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic as an example.

“I thought SWTOR would make it big, but it didn’t,” he said. “It looks like subscription MMOs are as big as they’re going to get – there are only 6-7 million people willing to spend $15 a month.”

“If Star Wars couldn’t do it, made by BioWare, then no one can do it.”

I think The Old Republic is doing perfectly fine, there’s more than enough people willing to spend money each month, and all these games need to be is profitable. No one is ever going to repeat what Blizzard accomplished with World of Warcraft, and the sooner we accept this fact, the better it will be for the genre.

Have subscription MMOs finally peaked?

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