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Funcom Turns To Blackmail

Former subscribers to Funcom's Age of Conan are reporting that the company has changed its recruiting tactics. Instead of luring former players back with higher XP, in-game items and other bonuses, Funcom has relegated itself to straight up blackmail.

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Go Gaming Giant2895d ago

Got the same email, but the funny thing is Im pretty sure my character was well over level 20.

Myze2895d ago (Edited 2895d ago )

Not that I would ever go back to the game, but I don't see how this is "blackmail." It takes like 4-5 hours to get to level 20, hardly a deal breaker for an MMO character. At least that's about as long as it takes from what I can remember. The game was incredibly easy to level a character in.

Mikeyy2895d ago

it's the priciple of it. World of warcraft doesnt delete charactors from your account, EVER.

You seriously did'nt see any problem with Funcom's new policy?

IdleLeeSiuLung2895d ago

I see nothing wrong with it. They can do whatever they want as long as they adhere to the terms they set forth when you signed up.

However, I fail to see how you are going to gain customers this way. You will:

a) anger your previous customers
b) remove the opportunity for these players to return

In return, you might get a little boost in subscribers now. This seems like a bad management decision. Want to get them back, add new content and give past customers a month free play time with no strings attached. Once they are hooked, they will open their pocket book, invite more friends and likely to stay more loyal.

Myze2895d ago

@2.1

First of all, maintaining characters costs money, money that Funcom doesn't have a lot of because this isn't WoW.

Second, and by far the most important part: If your character isn't over level 20, that means you never really played the game for any purpose or reasonable amount of time in the first place, and sure as hell have no intention of returning to the game.

This article is WAY overblown for something that is completely expected. The game is dying, and if it doesn't go to free-to-play, will probably be dead in about a year. Remember that Funcom could take the servers offline at anytime if they wanted to.

Avery2895d ago

WORLD OF WARCRAFT® TERMS OF USE AGREEMENT
Blizzard Entertainment may, in its sole and absolute discretion, suspend or terminate your access to the Service and disable or delete the Account, if: [...]
(3) you use all of the allotted time that you have purchased to access World of Warcraft via a "World of Warcraft Game Card" or similar instrument

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Mikeyy2895d ago

WOW, that is an outrage.

JeepGamer2895d ago

This isn't going to work because anyone who hasn't been playing doesn't care.

Crimsoneer2895d ago

Seriously? If you're not playing, we're going to delete your character if you haven't put over 2 hours of work into it? This isn't blackmail, it's common sense.

This is the equivalent of deleting all chars under level 10 for WoW. Makes no difference to anybody actually interested in playing, other than making the service faster and of better quality.

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