Massively OP’s 2021 Awards: Worst MMO Business Model

Welcome again to Massively Overpowered’s formal end-of-the-year awards!

Today’s award is for the Worst MMO Business Model of 2021, which was awarded collectively to Star Citizen and ArcheAge final 12 months. The award is meant to acknowledge a stay MMORPG of any age that has demonstrated an exemplary enterprise mannequin particularly in 2021, no matter its previous efficiency. Don’t neglect to forged your individual vote within the just-for-fun reader ballot on the very finish!

And the MassivelyOP workers decide for the Worst MMO Business Model of 2021 is…



Andy McAdams: Star Citizen, crypto, Ashes of Creation. I’ve zero issues persevering with to provide worst enterprise mannequin to the sport that continues to promote pipedreams to individuals with out truly delivering something, whereas nonetheless in some way managing to take care of a cult-like following of devotees. I totally anticipate Star Citizen will announce its first NFT-ship sale in 2022. Star Citizen scammery and crypto-nft scammery are like a match made in heaven. Definitely the worst enterprise mannequin.

Ben Griggs: World of Warships. I needed to vote for Star Citizen, however I can’t overlook the truth that WoWS is virtually pushed by playing mechanics and programs designed to lure gamers into opening crates and lootboxes so when the time involves promote them, it feels pure. When your phycological manipulation causes almost 20 of your official group contributors to stroll out the door, it is advisable to take a tough have a look at your corporation practices.

Brianna Royce: Star Citizen is the plain decide because it’s persevering with to fundraise from backers whereas paying dividends to actual traders. I’m fairly sick of the fixed barrage of crypto and NFT video games leaping into our style attempting to rip-off suckers and whales. And can we give a nod to Dual Universe, which not solely expenses beta gamers a sub however elevated the price of that sub this 12 months? And yeah, I’m with Carlo – I do not know what it’s that WoW gamers are getting for his or her $15 a month and field payment these days; y’all might be getting far more content material in another sport. That sub is sweet solely when the content material retains coming.


Carlo Lacsina: World of Warcraft – gamers virtually pay $15 to be disenchanted.

Chris Neal: Dual Universe. Also dying to crypto.

Colin Henry: Anything with crypto/NFTs.

Eliot Lefebvre: Star Citizen, come on down to your lifetime achievement award! An honorable point out to World of Warcraft gathering a subscription to not put out new content material, although.


Justin Olivetti: Anything with the phrases “blockchain” or “NFT” in them. Seriously, kill that illness earlier than it infects all the things.

Mia DeSanzo: Gamigo. The Whole Company.

Sam Kash: ArcheAge.

Tyler Edwards: It will at all times be Star Citizen till they both truly launch a sport or cease taking individuals’s cash.

Star Citizen & crypto scams took our award for Worst MMO Business Model. What’s your decide?

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How does MassivelyOP select the winner?

Our crew gathers collectively to appoint and focus on candidates and hopefully decide on a consensus winner. We don’t have a tough vote, however we do embrace written commentary from each author who submitted it on time to be able to see the place a few of us differed, what our secondary picks had been, and why we personally nominated what we did (or didn’t). The web site’s award goes to the workers choice, however we’ll embrace each it and the group’s prime nomination in our debrief in January.

How does MassivelyOP populate this ballot?

Poll choices embrace all video games nominated plus just a few others we thought must be included.


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