Report: Bigpoint nets €2 million from one in-game item in DarkOrbit MMO

Wednesday, 23rd November 2011 14:27 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Bigpoint has made over €2 million this month on an in-game item purchase in the company’s free-to-play, browser-based space shooter MMO, DarkOrbit.

According to a report on Gamesbrief, for four days this month, the firm sold the very rare 10th Drone, also called the Zeus Drone, to players for €1,000 each.

In order to collect the 10th Drone in the game itself, players would need to collect the previous nine drones and have found the blueprints for the last in the sequence.

During the four days the drone was available, Bigpoint sold 2,000 units, bringing the total netted to €2 million from a single virtual item, Simon Davis, producer on DarkOrbit told the site.

Launched in December 2006, DarkOrbit has 66 million registered users.

Thanks, Gamasutra.



  1. freedoms_stain

    What does it do?

    And the answer better be very fucking good.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    It makes people pay 1000 euro, apparently.

    I’d say that’s pretty fucking amazing :P

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Gurdil

    Wait… WHAT?!? €1000 for a digital drone in some browser-based game and 2000 people thought it was a good deal?!?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. silkvg247

    You’d be surprised how m anny rich kids there are out there who don’t actually appreciate the value of money.

    #4 3 years ago

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