Virtual Moon Over Entropia Universe Sells For $150,000

Virtual Moon Over Entropia Universe Sells For $150,000

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Entropia Universe's real money transaction system allows players to buy anything with actual, real-world cash - up to and including the game's virtual celestial bodies.

Don't feel bad if you haven't heard of Entropia Universe. The MMO has been around for years, but it's never really achieved any notable success beyond the novelty of being a game built around players trading real-world money for virtual goods. There's in-game lore and probably inter-personal drama, but the only thing you really need to know about Entropia Universe is that it's built to part players from their money.

Case in point: A player using the handle "Modified Akoz Power" recently gathered a small group of investors together to buy the moon. That's no typo, these would-be virtual land barons ended up shelling out $150,000 USD for ownership of the in-game planetoid. This is nothing terribly new for Entropia Universe, a game in which a faux space station sold for $330,000 USD in 2009, but what sets this deal apart from the headline-grabbing transactions of the past is that the moon's new owners have entered into a profit-sharing agreement with Entropia Universe developer MindArk. Specific contract details are not public, but under the terms of the agreement MindArk will fork over a percentage of all real-money revenue generated by the property recently purchased by Modified Akoz Power. Given the size of the moon and how frequently players are willing to invest huge amounts of cash into Entropia Universe, that staggering $150,000 price tag might not be such a bad deal once profit starts rolling in.

What drives a person to spend this kind of money in an online videogame? According to Modified Akoz Power, ownership of the moon is just one more aspect of Entropia Universe's entertainment value - it's sort of a large-scale, hyper-capitalist SimCity. "What interests me the most about the moon investment is that unlike land areas the moon owner can truly be a part of shaping this rock into something of his own, rather than buying a static premade area."

"The moon's success will depend on what the owner can make out of it."

Can we fault a person for wanting to own a large chunk of virtual land? Not at all. Who doesn't enjoy molding a virtual landscape to their own personal preferences? For that matter, I won't even slam Modified Akoz Power for dropping enough cash on the faux moon to buy a home in our meatspace reality. If you can afford a hit like that and aren't hurting anybody in the process, it's entirely up to you what you want to spend your cash on. Would it have been preferable for that money to go to charity? Sure, but it's not our place to judge morality. We report on videogame news, and in that light Modified Akoz Power did us a huge favor. Propers for that, if nothing else.

Source: MindArk

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Well, that's just utter lunacy!

Raiyan 1.0:
Well, that's just utter lunacy!

Oh you must be over the moon with that pun.

OT: Of course hes going to make money back with the tax set up, the players left on EU are basically gambling when they hunt on that land. Played the game for a few years, in the end it will be just elaborate slot machine to me, abet a fancy one.

Ruairi iliffe:

Raiyan 1.0:
Well, that's just utter lunacy!

Oh you must be over the moon with that pun.

Indeed! And yours have failed to eclipse mine!

I wonder what you could do with the moon?

Raiyan 1.0:

Ruairi iliffe:

Raiyan 1.0:
Well, that's just utter lunacy!

Oh you must be over the moon with that pun.

Indeed! And yours have failed to eclipse mine!

Your week quips do not phase me!

I have a bridge to sell to your group of investors my friend... chance of a lifetime i say!

Seriously the amount of money people are willing to throw at something that doesnt really exist and could be shut down any moment should the owners of entropia decide so is mind boogling.

Karadalis:
I have a bridge to sell to your group of investors my friend... chance of a lifetime i say!

Seriously the amount of money people are willing to throw at something that doesnt really exist and could be shut down any moment should the owners of entropia decide so is mind boogling.

This is a problem I have with a lot of virtual purchases (or at least, the more pricey ones): These people aren't just paying for something that technically doesn't exist, they don't even really own it - and it's still going be shut down with the servers when the company eventually goes dark.

All being said, collaborating to buy a moon is probably one of the more enjoyable things you do as a supervillain.

DVS BSTrD:

Raiyan 1.0:

Ruairi iliffe:

Oh you must be over the moon with that pun.

Indeed! And yours have failed to eclipse mine!

Your week quips do not phase me!

Does this moon phase you? :D

Entropia has always been somewhat of an enigma to me.

I get people buying costumes, or XP boosts, or fancy weapons, or even gold for their characters in an MMO. I get people buying these booster-pack like goodie boxes that are coming into fashion recently. But all that makes sense because those things somewhat contribute to the enjoyability of something that is, at its heart, still a game.

Entropia, however, is quite honest about the fact that it is more of a gambling activity than a game, its currency originally intended to be some sort of proto-bitcoin (those were the days of L$ and SecondLife, mind you). You don't get more enjoyment out of the game by spending money on it - you just get more money invested into the game by doing so, which is fairly hard to liquidate if you ever intend to buy a real-world item with that cash...

I'm not going to pretend to understand why anyone would want a game's moon, but I know what I'd be doing.

Reskinning it.

I will stick too EVE, thank you though. At least I only lose my subscription fee each month in EVE.

Can you go up there and like build things on it? I mean if not what kind of revenue can it generate. make people pay to see it?

Eric the Orange:
Can you go up there and like build things on it? I mean if not what kind of revenue can it generate. make people pay to see it?

Kinda... you can also own small parcels of land which you pay a tithe in fertilizer to restock with mobs, and set the tax people pay in decay from hunting or mining on it.
And for an extra fee (read: a LOT of money) you can also improve your land with some useful buildings :P

 

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