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2D Boy Posts "Pay-What-You-Want" Final Wrap-up 12

Posted by Soulskill
from the digital-tip-jars dept.
sleeponthemic writes "Developer 2D Boy has posted the final results of their 'pay-what-you-want' experiment, selling their World of Goo game for an unrestricted price. After coming to the attention of Slashdot, a further ~26,000 sales were recorded, bringing the total to 83,147. Note that publicizing crucial mid-sale statistics — such as the revelation that ~17,000 people chose to 'donate' $0.01 — seems to have affected the average donation, which increased from $2.03 to above $3 by the end of the week." They also show some interesting charts which break down the average donation by operating system, saying "We were expecting the average price paid to be highest for Linux users and lowest for Windows users, but the gap was larger than we thought it would be."
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2D Boy Posts "Pay-What-You-Want" Final Wrap-up

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  • $250k in sales... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by funkify (749441) on Wednesday October 28, 2009 @10:53AM (#29897435)
    $250k in sales? Not a bad haul. I paid $3 for my copy, although I haven't even installed it yet. Just wanted to show support for this payment model.
  • .01 (Score:3, Interesting)

    by AP31R0N (723649) on Wednesday October 28, 2009 @04:05PM (#29901869)

    Has someone posted that paying $0.01 is "legally stealing" the game? Someone made that claim in the last thread about this.

    i wish i had bought it during the promotion. Now i won't get it at all. i enjoyed the demo.

    i'd like to see a sort of ransom model for stuff like this. Once the game hits sales of X, the game is free or the price is cut.

    Or do the opposite! What you'd have to pay for is your order number in pennies. Buy it now or pay more!

    Maybe have a donation leaderboard. Geeks love that epeener crap. "OMG, Trollhattan146 out donated me! Take this $10 donation, n00b!"

    If you've made the game as an ad for your company you can sell the game with an eye to break even, then make the game free.

Receiving a million dollars tax free will make you feel better than being flat broke and having a stomach ache. -- Dolph Sharp, "I'm O.K., You're Not So Hot"

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