Remember how the Dota 2 International prize pool inflation of 2016 has started thanks to the launch of this year’s compendium with a FREAKING MASSIVE SIDE ORDER OF OTHER SHENANIGANS?
Here’s how it is doing so far:
World of Warcraft [official site] now “only” has 5.5 million subscribers, a considerable decrease from the game’s peak but still nearly a Scotlands-worth of people paying a monthly fee direct into the coffers of Activision and Blizzard. Blizzard also say this is the last time they’re going to announce subscriber numbers.
A year after launch, we’ve found out that EA have been monitoring your sex life in The Sims 4 [official site] like a bunch of creepy digital voyeurs in order to create a first birthday infographic. To that end, they have announced that characters in the game have done the flesh fandango 235,000,000 times.
I’ll tell you a bit more about the data in a moment but first: birthday infographics.
I know what I said about big numbers. “Please be careful with numbers, chums,” I said. “Many folks sadly seem to deploy statistics as weapons in territorial arguments,” I said. Let’s not do that. Numbers can be celebratory too, numbers can make you feel included, let you know that there are plenty of others like you out there.
If you bought Cities: Skylines, hey, you might like to know that you’re not alone. Over one million copies of the city-building sim (our Game of the Month) have been sold, publishers Paradox announced today. Perhaps you all might like to meet up for drinks, a meal, and see where the night takes you? Finding a bar with space might be tricky though.
People do seem to like numbers, don’t they? Scores, sales, profits, records, comparisons, biscuits eaten, angels on the head of a pin, and other statistics I find a curious part of gaming fandom. The holy grail for numberfans is, as far as I can see, Steam sales figures.
The latest site trying to guess at Steam numbers by extrapolating from what little data we can see is SteamSpy, and not everyone’s happy with it. In response to folks poking at SteamSpy statistics and asking personal questions, adventure game house Wadjet Eye Games have talked a bit about the reliability and uses of data and their unease about sharing numbers.
“That’s nice, dear,” is my usual response to boasts of big business numbers. They rarely reveal much interesting unless you’re really into the nitty-gritty of #business (in which case, fair play to you). Why do I raise an eyebrow at news that H1Z1 [official site] has sold over one million copies?
Well, while many (me included, probably) have muttered that the Early Access open-world zombie multiplayer survival genre is overcrowded with folks leaping on DayZ‘s bandwagon, it’s evidently vibrant enough for a million folks to pay at least £15 for a game which will be free-to-play when it eventually launches. I’m surprised.
$57 million US is a lot of money. So’s $58 million, but I mention $57m specifically because that’s how much Valve have paid out since 2011 to folks who made and sold in-game items for their games. It’s over $57 million dollars from hats, knives, guns, staves, and swords across TF2, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. And those last two games only sell cosmetic items. And that’s after Valve have taken their cut. Crumbs!