December 10, 2010

COD: Source of Greed



        It has come to light that Activision share holders are unhappy with the company for not charging a fee for online multiplayer in COD games, Specifically Black Ops and MW2 as those two alone have among the highest online gaming traffic on Xbox Live and PSN, and Activision appears to be under a certain amount of scrutiny for not forcing the gaming community to pay a subscription fee on top of the $60 initial price tag.

An analyst has said that not charging for online multiplayer is “a betrayal of shareholder trust” while another said that keeping multiplayer free is “a serious strategic error” and continued with “We firmly believe that until the publishers address monetisastion of multiplayer, game sales will continue to be challenged by the publishers’ altruistic decision to provide significantly more entertainment value per hour than ever in history”. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick is also on this bandwagon and has admitted that if were up to him COD players would be charged for a subscription service “tomorrow”.

Bottom line is that COD is a huge source of revenue, its online community is gargantuan and those already making money off the franchise aren’t happy with the millions the game has pulled in and continues to bring in from game sales, but insist that once the game has been payed for, the consumer continues to pay a fee if he/she wishes to experience everything the game has to offer.

I for one will no longer be playing COD online should Activision cave and charge for online Multi. Nor will I buy a COD game immediately after release, and instead buy it later used from a game retailer so as to avoid supporting activision while still enjoying their product.

Thoughts? reactions? would you pay for COD online Multi???


  1. zero_19 - December 13, 2010 10:37 am

    I would never pay a fee for online play. And any company that would do this I feel would quickly learn how fickle their consumer base really is. Activision charges for MP and EA doesn’t? Look who just got a whole mess of new customers.

  2. T8 - December 12, 2010 3:14 pm

    Nothing COD will ever do will be “right” in my books.

  3. ScrotusKilmystr - December 11, 2010 7:50 am

    the question is would there be one fee for all the activision titles with a multiplayer component OR a seperate fee for each game? either way i would never pay it I already pay a fee for XBL! why would I pay another fee? it’s all Micheal Douglas’s fault for making another Wall Street movie!

  4. PimpmasterF - December 11, 2010 7:21 am

    Like charcoal said this is Capitalism at its best, however just cuz they would be making more money off of one franchise I wouldnt expect to see less money grubbing in others

  5. PimpmasterF - December 11, 2010 7:18 am

    Agreed, Activision is pretty huge and only getting bigger, thanks mostly to COD I think, it seems they are quickly becoming hated more than EA. I dont know all of Activisions dealings and what not but they seem to be taking more and more steps downhill, first there was the fallout with Infinity Ward over not paying out royalties, then this gets out, sure it could be worse but how long till it actually is. Activision puts out some really good stuff so I really hope they dont give in and start charging cuz they will lose a customer, one of many I think.

  6. Bartholomew P. Skibbenheims III - December 10, 2010 8:37 pm

    I already don’t buy CoD games because of how they are handling PC multiplayer. It seems they are trying to give me a reason to not buy any of their games outside of that franchise.

    There is no good reason other than greed they would charge money for online play. This isn’t a mmo and does not require the kind of servers or the level of live support that mmos require. Nor will they crank out new content for the game at a rate worth a monthly fee. They already charge for “DLC” map packs.

    Their shareholders that feel “betrayed” because they didn’t charge extra by the month to play online are complete idiots. They are simply greedy nothing more.

  7. CharcoalCoyote - December 10, 2010 8:37 pm

    I, personally, cannot wait to see this happen. I really hope Activision follows through with this terrible, terrible mistake. Hopefully they’ll continue to make these poor decisions until they topple. This, my friends, is capitalism at work. And if the sheep still play it and pay the fee, good for them. That’s less money that they have to extract from other, better games that Activision is in the general vicinity of.

  8. PimpmasterF - December 10, 2010 7:24 pm

    Black ops brought back dedicated servers cuz of all the griping, and from the sound of it they want to charge just for the opportunity to play online, I wouldnt count on anything extra for it, dedicated servers are already funded by the players and admins running them so I wouldnt expect activision or its sharholders to be generous in the way of premium content for a price, we would be paying for something that should remain free. Yes many would probably pay for it but would also likely be a bit upset by it and not play as long as they normally would, also I think there would be a great deal who would stop playing all together and stick with BC2, CSS, Battlefield, etc. who maintain the is and should be free multiplayer. If COD starts charging for multi. you wont see me on a COD server, youll find me on the BC2 and MOH servers enjoying free online play.

  9. Philit - December 10, 2010 7:07 pm

    Luckily I still play CS so only have to donate to the guys I like to run servers. But if activision is offering some special service for this fee, like solid servers or something of the sort, shouldn’t be a problem. A lot of the MMOs have switched to a f2p/p2p system so why should we expect a shooter to be different. Business wise it makes sense as the lemmings will pay for anything. Those of us who do not like already avoid the fees where we can.


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