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Sunday, February 24, 2013

XY2 players number statistics update, part 5


One can find my last NTES related post here:

In part 4, I provided the short term impact of 50% gaming fee increase on NTES's number 1 game, XYQ (Fantasy Westward Journey). In this blog post, I will provide the same data for NTES's number 3 game, XY2 (Westward Journey 2).
The following is the player statistics for XY2:
Date
Date
Number of Players (in thousands)
Comments
1/12/2013
Saturday
708

1/19/2013
Saturday
710

1/26/2013
Saturday
705

2/2/2013
Saturday
696

2/9/2013
Saturday
587
New Year Eve
2/10/2013
Sunday
605
50% fee increase, New Year Holiday
2/11/2013
Monday
604
Chinese New Year Holiday
2/12/2013
Tuesday
597
Chinese New Year Holiday
2/16/2013
Saturday

Work date, server count not recorded
Again, we make 2/9/2013 as the date of seperation, and average the first four row and compare to the average the last four row, we will have the following numbers:

Average number of XY2 players BEFORE the 50% fee increase = 705
Average number of XY2 players AFTER the 50% fee increase = 598

Thus, the decrease = -(705-598)/705 = -15.2%

Comparing to the -20.1% decrease for XYQ, the impact to XY2 is even less. If one went to the gaming forum in China, one will find all kinds of planned strikes, etc. against NTES over the higher gaming fee, frankly, I am a little surprised that the impact is so mild.

So far, there is no crashing of players numbers. It is still too early to tell. The player statistics for the next two weeks shall tell us which way this goes. But so far so good.




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