Twilight for Twilight War

Sad News for Smiling Gator Twilight War: After the Fall (thanks Frans and Dentist) announces the insolvency of Smiling Gator Productions, who were at work on Twilight War: After the Fall, a Source-engine MMORPG. Word is:
It's not a Happy New Year here at Smiling Gator Productions.

Unfortunately, the end of 2005 is also the end of SGP. Our committed funds have run dry and we were not successful in the hunt for additional investment. The websites and email will be disabled in the coming days, so this is our last announcement before we shut down for good. Thanks again to our fantastic forums community for all the support and contributions! We hope you find another project and give them the devotion and incisive comments we've enjoyed reading for the past 17 months.
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I didn't say that $15 a month for 6000 people was $250,000. I said the bandwidth might be. And the quote you found confirmed that. I can garuntee you that blizzard is not paying for a 20 year contract. 2 year, maybe, 5 year possibly.

So lets say prices have fallen to 1/4th now (its been about 4 years). Thats still about $60,000 for an OC 192. That would be 2/3s of income just for bandwidth. We haven't even started counting server costs, or the development cost, or anything else.

All I'm saying is, blizzard isn't making 50% profit. Probably not even 25% profit either. MS might be, but blizzard isn't. They ARE making a decent profit, I'm not denying that, but I'm saying that $15 a month a large majority is not pure profit.

Thats why a bunch of MMORPG's have gone down the tubes, they looked only at the lure of monthy payments and didn't have a realistic view of the actual costs of making, developing, and maintaining.. And thats not even considering if it sells or not.

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