Just thought I’d stop by one last time for a final farewell.
I know the Universe is being torn down later this month by Maelstrom infected business men who don’t make very wise business decisions, and every time I think about it it really makes me a little heated.
I mean, really guys. LEGO has been nice in response to the uproar among the LU community, but irregardless their reaction to the problems leading to the close of one of the best MMO’s I have ever played is absolutely and totally inexcusable.
Don’t think so? Really?
Think about it for a sec. Last we heard LEGO Universe had 100K paying subscribers. When LEGO slid that next to the 2M Free-to-Players it looked pretty meager. But was it? Not necessarily.
100,000 paying subscribers. I bet almost each one payed around $10/mo. and from there I did some math only to discover that LEGO was actually bringing around $1 Million PER MONTH with what they had.
To put that kind of figure on a smaller scale, that kind of money would take quite a few years for you or me to earn, yet LEGO was gathering it up every month. That’s around $12 Million per year. Does that really sound like a meager enough earning to be the grounds to shut down an online game? Think about it before you answer – other indie MMO’s have soared on what most likely happened to be much smaller profit or gain. They likely started out small but stuck with it. What does LEGO do? They drop it after one year without any more attempts to fix the problems they did have.
Wait, problems? With $1M a month? Yup. Even one of the laid-off developers from Play Well Studios admitted the main fault of the game wasn’t in server upkeep, essential moderation, employees, or anything like that that couldn’t be fixed. Where did the problem lie? According to the developer (whose name I don’t know in real life) the arrow to the knee for the Universe was unnecessary expense in moderation. No, not something that was just impossible to fix, something that could have been fixed very quickly.
But does LEGO give the Universe one more chance? Nope. They cut the cords and tell the employees to pack their bags.
Is LEGO still a good company? Yes. All companies make mistakes.
But the mistake they made with LEGO Universe is a horrible one, and I hope – not out of meanness but out of realization of what the company deserves – that they at least feel the mistake so that they don’t just brush all the disappointed fans aside like a bad memory.
Something else to remember, however, is that LEGO Universe was just a game for most of us. While I’m not pleased with LEGO’s decision, I’ve moved on to other things, such as my job and drumming. There are other things out there for you to do, including buying and playing with real LEGO sets as I encourage you to continue doing. There’s a real world out there, take this as an opportunity to actually go out and enjoy it.
PS. Please note that in regards to the money-based figures: I am NOT a financial expert, this is all of my own reasoning by what facts I happened to come by.