World Of Tanks CEO: Oculus Must Sell 5M Units To Enable Free-To-Play

Based on his experience as the chief executive of World of Tanks, Victor Kislyi is willing to release a free-to-play game for Oculus Rift, but only if the peripheral sold more than 5 million units.

World of Tanks is one of the most successful free-to-play games available today. "We are free-to-play, and now even further down the road, we are free-to-win," said Kislyi . "Seventy-five per cent of our players never pay a penny, and we love those players."

And that 75% is actually a pretty decent one. According to Kislyi, the percentage of non-paying customers in free-to-play games is around 90% to 95% in other games. Even with those percentages, freemium business model is immensely successful; even more successful than traditional model in some cases, but it has to have a large user base to be profitable.

"For free-to-play, five or ten million is a good user-base," proposed Kislyi. "So if Xbox One or Oculus reach those numbers, we're there."

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Stupid thoughts...

Is it just me or does this remind me of the eye phone from Futurama. I mean it really sounded cool when I first heard about it but everytime i revisit the idea I wonder......Do I really want to strap something to my head that will block out the entire environment around me? I'm not sure if natural instincts will let me use this device much.

Yeah 100degree of field of

Yeah 100degree of field of view for gaming is old now, despite it hasn't come out yet.. let's buy another monitor with 20 degree of immersion, one that support twice the resolution that will make things evolve.

Victor Kislyi only cares

Victor Kislyi only cares about money, money and more money. He does not love the players, not even the paying ones. Support does absolutely nothing for the paying customers. I have personal experience with that (more than once over the soon 3 years playing time). Actually I hope he one day gets runned over by a tank or gets a tank shell in his head. WG support and Victor Kislyi are total assholes!

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