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Over 1 Million People Have Played Sea of Thieves in the Past 48 Hours.

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Who cares how many sales, or gamepass users it is, all that matters is that people are playing this beautiful game. At least PC players can be a mighty pirate in a legal way now.



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I'm not very impressed with a million players, to be honest, considering how much Microsoft has pushed this game. This has been one of their conference centerpieces for the last couple of years.

That being said, I do understand that this is part of their "games as a service" initiative, where the point is keeping people engaged for a long period. Still, I'm not convinced that this game will accomplish that, considering that many reviews have mentioned a lack of depth.



It's currently sitting at 63/100 on OpenCritic. Will be interesting to see how well it's doing a few weeks from from now.



I knew this game would be a hit from the start.



Sounds good I guess. That number doesn't really mean anything without a break down. I would like to see sales numbers or something along those lines.



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Sunk my first Galleon last night. 2 vs 4 and I came out on top with the Sloop. So far I am loving the game. Grinding my way for the pirate legend title and I have not seen the Kraken.. yet.
The more content due in the future, this game can only get better.



JRPGfan said:

Free 14 day Gamepass Trail = Free Sea of Theives.

How many of those 1m users, where playing the game for free on gamepass?

 

Barkley said:
I don't know what to make of this, considering it's on gamepass and on both PC and Xbox.

also Free 14day trail for Gamepass.
Like 90% of that 1m user base, could be people that just signed up to try Gamepass and are playing the game for free.

This thread would be very differnt if it instead stated "100k copies of sea of theives sold"

Gamepass will definitely affect sales of MS published games.... OBVIOUSLY.  It is a very high value and significant service that gamers will use and enjoy.

As predicted gaming is becoming a proper service now.  Good. 

Is it better for the business to say  "I sold 1m units" or "I have 2m monthly paying subscribers who played my game"?   No brainer.

Downplay ahoy!



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kowenicki said:

Is it better for the business to say  "I sold 1m units" or "I have 2m monthly paying subscribers who played my game"?   No brainer.

Downplay ahoy!

How is it a "no brainer" there's many factors involved.

2m subscribing for one month is $20m. 1m purchasing the title at launch would be $60m. And let's not forget game pass gives you access to 150+ games so it can be said that not all that $20m is going to sea of thieves assuming they played any other title on the system that month.

 

There's a vast amount of information we don't have to make a "no brainer" assumption. How much of the gamepass revenue goes to third parties who put their games on the service for instance.

The fact is even if MS received 100% of the revenue, you can subscribe to game pass for $120 a year, so if MS release more than $120 of content that you would have bought at launch, 2 games basically, they're losing out on money, and that's assuming you have no breaks between subscription months also.



Predictions (Made July 2019)

LTD: PS4 - 130m, Switch - 110m, XBO - 52m       2019 : PS4 - 15m, Switch - 18.8m, XBO - 4.8m        2020: Switch - 22m (Peak Year)


kowenicki said:
JRPGfan said:

Free 14 day Gamepass Trail = Free Sea of Theives.

How many of those 1m users, where playing the game for free on gamepass?

 

also Free 14day trail for Gamepass.
Like 90% of that 1m user base, could be people that just signed up to try Gamepass and are playing the game for free.

This thread would be very differnt if it instead stated "100k copies of sea of theives sold"

Gamepass will definitely affect sales of MS published games.... OBVIOUSLY.  It is a very high value and significant service that gamers will use and enjoy.

As predicted gaming is becoming a proper service now.  Good. 

Is it better for the business to say  "I sold 1m units" or "I have 2m monthly paying subscribers who played my game"?   No brainer.

Downplay ahoy!

Umm.. Well, I would go with the 1 million copies sold ($60 mil) in one week versus counting "2m monthly paying subscribers" ($20 mil for first month and half) before the first week is even done.

There's a reason why mmos die off so much. They can't sustain a big enough player base. What really matters with game pass is how many tried the service for sea of thieves and how many will stay subscribed to it after the trial ends/done with the game. It hasn't been a month yet so we don't know if it being on that service was a positive for ms or the game. They're better off getting sales while it's at full price versus people using game pass to play it.



Aeolus451 said:
kowenicki said:

Gamepass will definitely affect sales of MS published games.... OBVIOUSLY.  It is a very high value and significant service that gamers will use and enjoy.

As predicted gaming is becoming a proper service now.  Good. 

Is it better for the business to say  "I sold 1m units" or "I have 2m monthly paying subscribers who played my game"?   No brainer.

Downplay ahoy!

Umm.. Well, I would go with the 1 million copies sold ($60 mil) in one week versus counting "2m monthly paying subscribers" ($20 mil for first month and half) before the first week is even done.

There's a reason why mmos die off so much. They can't sustain a big enough player base. What really matters with game pass is how many tried the service for sea of thieves and how many will stay subscribed to it after the trial ends/done with the game. It hasn't been a month yet so we don't know if it being on that service was a positive for ms or the game. They're better off getting sales while it's at full price versus people using game pass to play it.

I think MS wants people to use gamepass instead and stay subbed. All the SoT ads have all been about gamepass.