Gameforge isn’t winning many friends these days, especially among TERA fans in Europe. Regardless of the company’s controversial decisions, CEO Carsten van Husen is still bullish on the free-to-play model, as revealed in a speech he gave to developers in Beirut as partially transcribed by GamesIndustry.biz.
Van Husen was steadfastly opposed to free-to-play when his company looked into publishing Ymir Entertainment’s Metin 2 back in 2006. Since then, he’s learned a lot about the F2P market and is a strong advocate of the model. His comment that “quality is the only answer” and that “games must simply be fun” is perhaps a little naive — good games often sell poorly while bad games bring in scads of dough — but he does have some other useful insights regarding the F2P business model:
If you’re a fan of TERA… or Aion… or Runes of Magic… or RaiderZ… in the EU, it probably pains you to see Gameforge doing well. The company seems to be financially successful and has a plan that makes sense on some levels, even if it doesn’t always align with gamers’ needs and expectations.