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

By Stephany Nunneley
23 November 2011 14:27 GMT

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.

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