Here, ComingGames will tell you the exact same thing you need to know about Games as a Service.
Is GaaS is a fraud or is it beneficial for you?
Here you’ll know what benefits as a gamer do you have and what benefits do gaming companies have.
After reading this, you will know how the gaming company takes millions of dollars out of your pocket and you don’t even know it.
So let’s get started:
So exactly what Game as a Service Is?
The gaming industry has changed a lot and is experiencing rapid growth. According to the report, the gaming industry is now approximately 135 billion dollars Industry with 10% annual growth.
whoops, that’s a Lot…
Now, What is the role of Game as a service for the Gaming Industry?
In the gaming world, games as a service signify delivering video games or gaming content on a regular revenue model. In simple words, it is a revenue model in which gaming companies provide games for free to play and you only have to pay for the in-game purchase.
Typically, the games that are released under such a model get along or indefinite stream of monetized new content over time.
It encourages the player to come back, again and again, play the game as they are getting rewards and lots more stuff, some of which are free and some are paid.
Best Detailed Example of Games as a Service:
PUBG MOBILE, Fortnite, one of the most popular games on the Planet are a good example of Games as a service.
there are many other games too which I’ll mention later.
So, what they’ve done is simple.
They launched the game for free in which you can play with your friends. You can play Fortnite as long as you want, You don’t have to pay for buying it, No matter how many updates come in the game. Fortnite will be free to play.
But these stats are staying totally different story have a look :
According to this site, Superdata stated that Fortnite, Epic Games revenue for 2018 was estimated – $2.4 billion.
and also check out the monthly revenue of Fortnite worldwide from February to May 2018.
What Keeps Players Engaged In Game as a service How they made this much Revenue?
As the list of games as a service continues to grow with each passing quarter, it has become crucial for the developers to keep the players engaged. However, the lack of new elements and exciting events in the games makes the players lose interest.
A big part of games as a service is rewards, as they are what keeps the players coming back to the game. They usually come as very tangible objects – new weaponry, experience bonuses, cosmetics, and the distribution thereof, Most popular everyday login reward.
Besides rewards, the element of novelty keeps the games as a service alive, adding freshness and movement to them. Keeping the players on toes as they wait for next season of the games, can also maintain their interest.
So in the case with the Fortnite massive success, they offer amazing cosmetics and super-viral Fortnite dance moves update Which you will get only after buying.
This is an example of 1 game but most of the games companies do this to make money for a long time.
Now with all these examples, you have any doubts regarding Games as a service.
The Origin of Games as a Service
As I was started digging the internet. I got a lot of theories and sources all claiming different things.
So I don’t know whom I should believe?
first of all, check out what Wikipedia has to say “ I don’t think the Wikipedia is helping us much here”
Wikipedia stated that: Games as a service started with the introduction of MMOs like the world of warcraft but the world of warcraft launched on 23 November 2004.
Does this mean Games as a service model was originated on 23 November 2004?
because the world of warcraft wasn’t the first MMO not by a long shot.
The first MMO was launched way back in 1996 and it’s called Meridian 59 and their website is gloriously 1996 even to this day.
This game actually launched on steam August of this year and is now playable for free. Instringly they still list the launch date of the game as 27 September 1996 which is a full seven-year before steam came into existence in September 2003.
Wath this video that shows the evolution of Games as a service model.
Quality versus Quantity of Games as Service
The classic debate of content quality and quantity is also an important part of game as a service. The game’s vast amount of content can prove to be a liability as well as a benefit. The content is carefully divided into separate expansions. New expansions cancel the old quests.
The point is, where the quality is of utmost importance, maintaining a vast quantity of content is not a bad thing either. The exploration of the game within the game grasps the curiosity of gamers for a long time.
The monotonous adventure and its experience makes the game stagnant and kills off the thrill.
Lack of experience boosters, new weapon types or ability upgrades can make the game stale and the players can abandon it for something exciting. Meaning thereby, the quantity of the content is as important as the quality.
Advantages of Games as a Service Model
Advantages to Gaming company:
- Increase the lifespan of a game.
- Higher Game Sales due to free to play model
- Made more revenue with micro-transactions.
Advantages to Player:
- free game to play ( you can easily download anytime )
- Amazing surprises and new content with every update
- Fewer chances of getting bore.
- You can directly complain about your issue with the game to Developer.
The model’s potential to increase the lifespan of a game is the most obvious advantage of the games as a service model, for both publisher/developer and the customers.
For a publisher or developer of a game, it means higher sales numbers both in terms of copies and micro-transactions. And for the customers, it means not having to purchase new video games as recurrently.
The games as a service model also allow players to access new content. The potential benefit related to this model and content updates can be gained when such updates are made easily and freely accessible to the players.
Another advantage is that the model also allows for greater interaction between publisher or developer and the customers. This interaction provides great potential for the reaction from the publisher or developer on the basis of feedback.
If the players have issues regarding the game, they can easily take it up with the developers, who will then be able to address said issues appropriately. This, in turn, will lead to the creation of overall better gaming experience over time.
Disadvantages of Games as a Service Model
Disadvantages to Gaming Company:
- If the players did not like the game, then they may have to bear the heavy losses.
- Needs to make frequent changes
- Developers are required for a long time so that constant updates can be supported.
Disadvantages to Player:
- Requires Internet connection
- Might have to pay a huge amount in order to gain full access to the game. (Not the case with most games nowadays)
The largest concern with the games as a service model in any game is the fact that most games under this model generally tend to implement some sort of micro-transaction scheme.
This system could have a destructive or passive impact on the players’ overall gaming experience.
While many players are not bothered with titles making use of micro-transaction system, the requirement for players to pay a premium in order to first gain access to the gaming experience can disrupt the interest.
Especially, if that micro-transaction system is integral to progressing within the game or tries to take advantage of vulnerable customers.
It is also believed that making micro-transactions available within a game ultimately demeans the player’s overall experience of the game.
It allows some players to purchase high-value items at any stage and deprives the player of the feelings of accomplishment or satisfaction that may have been derived from their efforts to gain that item.
However, it is up to each individual on their own to decide whether or not purchasing micro-transactions to speed up game development destroys the gaming experience.
Is Games as a Service Fraud?
In its crude form, the games as a service define as the business practice of players not having control of whether they can play a game due to a company withholding that function.
The traits of this model are – available online only and the company is you the service of allowing you to play the game.
Games as a service is not a “game service” that is game rental system but acts as one in order to be able to shut down after they start being unprofitable. Games as a service is being sold as something they are not and thus fraudulent.
The argument supporting the games as a service being a fraud is that only goods and services can be sold, and it is legally not a service.
Many countries label the games as goods. However, the fact is debatable as it is technicality and legality of the term ‘service’ is what holds the games as a service fraudulent and requires the intervention of the law.
However, If you have 1Hour then this guy raised good points about the Games as a Service model.