Open Discussion Pertaining to Monetization Model of Supremacy 1914

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    Greetings, everyone.

    It is our firm belief that users should have the RIGHT to voice their concerns about the monetization model in Supremacy 1914.

    In order to achieve increased transparency with YOU, I am delighted to announce that the company representatives have AGREED that users should have the RIGHT to voice constructive criticism against the monetization model, whether it be about HC ("High Command") or GM ("Goldmarks").

    This leads to a number of concrete policies that must be followed as to ensure a civil discourse and though criticising the monetisation model is from this day forth permitted, it postulates that the following requirements are met:

    • Denunciation of GM use is not permitted.
    • No hateful speech against the company, the staff or other players.
    • The recognisable intention to discuss alternatives / provide solutions.


    With this said, I must emphasise the following:

    • When you decide to discuss the monetization model of Supremacy 1914 in this thread, then it is important that you offer some kind of solution to what you are criticising. You must not criticise without providing a solution to the perceived problem.


    • We know that some of you are highly keen on having e.g. GM free games in exchange for an entry fee or even having a daily GM spending restriction. These are two solutions of out many that you can suggest or reject. Just remember that if you reject an idea, then you need to present something that you feel would be better.


    • Furthermore, it is important to remember that YOU are not here to publicly shame other players as that would be against the rules. With this said, we do not want to see you throwing names around, because that will be treated as blacklisting, which is not allowed.


    • Needless to say, this is a company and it must make money, so make sure your solution account for that in some way that YOU think would be reasonable for both players and the company.


    We look forward to reading your comments.

  • Goldmarking morale to 0 or critically low levels should not be an option. If goldmark is to stay to give players an advantage then I am fine with that. Getting a few battleships out early is one thing, but 'nuking' just strips the fun out of the game. An alternative could be to just put a button on the screen that says, 'Pay 10000 goldmarks to win the round' which would save people time. I don't have a serious solution to replace this with. I generally just feel its an unsporting feature from the start and invalidates other players and think rounds would be better for all involved without it.



    While I can live with it, I think instant production of units is a bit overpowered. My solution would be to be to increase the speed units are made. So rather than paying to take 12 hours off instantly, you would pay to increase the production speed by 1/4 for example. That way a units wont just instantly appear out of the blue, but a player using it would still gain an advantage. It also makes more sense in "reality".



    You could pay workers more to do a faster job in constructing something. But workers in reality don't just instantly build battleships in a second, regardless of how much they are paid.

  • I do understand Devs need revenue to keep the game going, but I certainly agree with evlover: A review about Goldmarks benefits could be needed.



    On one side, there are too many features in the matches where GM can be used (boost moral, buildings or units; instant espionage results; or limitless raw material in the market). On the other side, there are too few features outside the matches where GM can be used: for example, The Treasure Coffin is a marvelous idea but it lacks many more options; it could be features like "premium" statistics; alliance customization (i.e. military uniforms, etc.); in-game alarms, notebooks or "favorites" (people saving "prefered" matches or "stalking" great players); Tactical Headquarters where the system here does analyze the players and how does they fought in the matches; User-created Tournaments with prizes given by the same users; and a long, long, etc.



    As I said, It's something good Goldmarks is accesible to VISA and NON-VISA players, but Byrto, as many game companies, has the problem to think that only giving in-match advantages to VISA they can get revenues, ignoring the potential revenues of the out-match advantages many people would be ready to pay.



    Greetings.

  • The complaint of heavy gold mark use is very understandable.


    The only solution to this is a game/event were no gold marks can be used or limit them to 6k or some number like this. instead all player pay 5000 GM when they join the game. and the winner gets his back at the end.


    Not being able to spend GM in game might be a big hit.

  • It might be a big hit however potentially to costly for bytro if people wills tart only joining them. I will post the list I have so far from various other threads:


    + In the same sense of the Tactical Headquarters, to create a "videocamara" for the matches where the people, with a pay in Goldmarks, can rewind, fast forward and replay the matches saved by them to allow themselves to analyze them.


    + Statistics about top players in building infrastructures or units, Goldmarks spent or Goldmarks in their possesion.


    + Menial things for the matches, like a compass and a ruler where people can measure kilometers in the match, considering scales.


    + A tool where people can build their own alliance's logo or personal logo (related with heraldry)


    + Selling Supremacy Merchandising (Mugs, Shirts, Pens, things like that) with cost either in real money and Goldmarks.


    + Limited monthly non GM maps


    Terms:


    1. Server produces one Map monthly with GM disabled.


    2. Free accounts limited to 1 Non-GM map per quarter/half.


    3. Members of High Command limited to 2 per quarter/half (If game mode is popular, more people will look to purchase High Command which = more $$).


    4. Normal Account Entry Cost = 50,000 GM.


    5. Members of High Command Entry Cost = 25,000GM

  • Goldmarking morale to 0 or critically low levels should not be an option. If goldmark is to stay to give players an advantage then I am fine with that. Getting a few battleships out early is one thing, but 'nuking' just strips the fun out of the game. An alternative could be to just put a button on the screen that says, 'Pay 10000 goldmarks to win the round' which would save people time. I don't have a serious solution to replace this with. I generally just feel its an unsporting feature from the start and invalidates other players and think rounds would be better for all involved without it.



    While I can live with it, I think instant production of units is a bit overpowered. My solution would be to be to increase the speed units are made. So rather than paying to take 12 hours off instantly, you would pay to increase the production speed by 1/4 for example. That way a units wont just instantly appear out of the blue, but a player using it would still gain an advantage. It also makes more sense in "reality".



    You could pay workers more to do a faster job in constructing something. But workers in reality don't just instantly build battleships in a second, regardless of how much they are paid.


    I want to stress the situation explained in this quote:



    + Simply it shouldn't be possible to reduce enemy moral to 0% or enhance your own to 100% with GM instantly. There must be a limit per day, as happens with the conventional "espionage" mode (20%, maybe 30%?)



    + It shouldn't be allowed the creation of inmediate buildings or units. Spend of GM should be limited to 12 hours (850 GM) per building/unit and per day.



    + Same thing goes to "Spy Master" and "Resources Market" options: only one use per option/resource and per day.



    Greetings.


  • In my opinion this is a model that could work (a economist would have to see the numbers) as it would smooth out the GM usage which makes it easier to even out with skills.

  • + Statistics about top players in building infrastructures or units, Goldmarks spent or Goldmarks in their possesion.


    This is a good suggestion in many ways




    Maybe also include if they are won in a previous game or purchased.




    I personally, if all out of winnings buy some for big games, 100+ maps, 20 EUR is not really a game changer there but more often than not get accused for being a big DM spender for growing fast, and DM is not even the issue there, some players don’t understand what a single cruiser can do in a island territory filled with inactive players or AI's .


  • Hello, I have a simple suggestion.



    Add an option to disallow use of premium currency at the cost of premium currency? I wouldn't suggest forcing people to pay on joining those certain games though, it would just make them less popular.



    The amount payment required could possibly be proportional to the maximum number of players within the map.



    A particular downside maybe that all live games could eventually become GM-free, maybe reducing income/profit for the company. However, this can be easily tackled by making the games costing high enough to suffice the average GM spent within regular games, I'd assume it is normally distributed.

  • Greetings everyone. smilie.gif


    We are playing a quasi-historical event/s matches during a period when the economies of the world were based on silver and gold. When World War 1 started, all of the countries were on a gold standard. The acceptable exchange rate among countries was 20:1 wherby 20 silver would equal the value of one gold.


    I propose that Bytro add to the resources screen another indicator reflecting that any given moment, a player may spend X amount of gold marks if he or she wishes in any way they see fit based upon the amount of silver thay have in their treasury. Example - if at this moment I have 20,000 silver in my treasury, then I am limited to spending only 1,000 gold. If I have only 86 gold marks in my treasury, then I need to acquire more.


    This aspect of the game addresses many of the concerns and frustrations that players have had over gold mark abuse.


    Summary:


    a. All players may spend gold marks if they so wish.


    b. Spending of gold is based upon the silver they have in their treasury.


    c. This is historical whereby when the conflict started, many of the world powers save one went into debt to pay for war material. This action is repeated in real time whenever a player breaks out the credit card to buy gold.


    d. This addresses one of the primary concerns of excessive gold mark spending and will damper the abilities of a player virtually "buying a game".


    Thank you for your time.


    Respectfully,


    Tyr-Ion

  • I posted in another thread but just wanted to post some key points I have:



    • Introduce an additional game mode, without goldmarks, where the Entry Fee is close to or possibly even a little bit greater than the average goldmarks spent per player for games of that player size. No refunds. This preserves (or increases) revenue streams.
    • By introducing this as an additional game mode, you will not lose any of your current audience, who can still play the game the way they've gotten used to playing, where the game has no entry fee but players can use goldmarks.
    • If lots of people switch to the new mode, you will not lose revenue because the entry fee has covered it.
    • This game mode would not be difficult to develop/implement. Just delete the goldmark buttons and add a mode with an entry fee.
    • A new game mode will excite your fans and possibly attract a larger audience to the game, especially a different niche audience of gaming players who do not like pay-to-win.
    • Supremacy is a great game and some of its best features become more apparent in games without goldmarks



    Thank you for being open to suggestions!

  • I'll quote an article I've read some time ago pertaining to this specific issue, which really spoke to me:



    Source: https://levelskip.com/strategy/Supre...ly-flawed-game


    I am a big fan of the idea to cap the spendature of GM. This can be done in one of three ways.
    1. cap GM per province: eg. 10 provs can spend 1000GM, 25 provs can spend 5000GM, 50 provs unlimited
    2. cap GM per day: eg. spend 5000GM/map/day
    3. cap GM per actions: this is basically Narmer's idea eg. 850GM/building or unit/day


    The example amounts are totally random and purely for the sake of illustration.

  • 1st of all, I'd like to say I'm delighted to see how people can finally address this issue. The suggestions Narmer has summed up in this topic look very promising so I do hope some of them have the potential to turn into something. That being said, I'd like to continue on a post/reply from a while ago on the 1st page of this thread (posts #5 & 6):


    https://forum.supremacy1914.com/show...73#post1850573


    1st of all (off topic to answer the 1st paragraph): I didn't say no alliance members should join, I suggested to limit it to the max amount of coalition members for that map. And yes there are ways around, but it gets very annoying for them to do so if they use different teams for various maps.


    To continue on topic now and address the GM issues. I will just wing it from here on and explain by using some issues I'm encountering right now, trying to provide alternatives where I can.




    Think that's about it for the moment, might update if I see them pulling other GM tricks.


    Oh, and don't forget: never surrender! aufgabe.gif


    Cheers


    Edited by SMOD Wolfe_Tone: Please use asterisks to censor swearing in future.

  • Another idea that's not mechanic related:


    I used to be part of the single player tournament back in the day. I have noticed there haven't been any for a while. Really need to bring them back.. The semi-final map was the best experience I ever had.


    But, however, back in the day they were free and I think people were allowed to use goldmarks (if there were any back then? don't remember, they definitely weren't used as frequently as now)


    Anyway: if there'd be a new tournament, should make it GM-free, but ask a minor sign-up fee.


    If there'd be a tournament every 6 months, that'd drain quite some GM as well I imagine. (and it'd actually get some competition going again in this game..)

  • I used to love this game and haven't played in awhile due to GM [the state in which GM are being used]. Even though as a non GM player I could beat them, the time it took to micro manage the game was not worth it.


    Most of the GM rage I used to encounter on these forums and in game was due to the instant creation of multiple units, allowing that player to gain an advantage, especially early in a game.


    As it stands now, to speed up production of units and buildings it costs 850 GM for a 12 hour boost. I would propose changing that to 850 GM for a 50% speed up boost. So the first 850 GM would knock it down to 12 hours, the second 850 GM would knock it down to 6 hours, then 3 hours, 1.5 hours and so on.


    This proposal gets rid of the instant units and buildings, unless someone wants to dig very deep into their GM pockets. This would allow a bit more time for other players to form counter attacks and set defenses instead of being run over by [someone that is using GM].


    Edited by MA Alexiel Lucien: Please do refrain from referring to people who use GM in a derogatory way.

  • Many things have proposed by players that could actually be usefull, with the best opiinion (for me) t limit the useage of GM with some kind of mechanism. This mechanism could be reverse analogy of the strenght of an empire (that is if you have 1 province you will be able to an unlimited use of GMs) or a percent of silver or a fix amount?

    Some proposed to be able to purchase thinks, as maps, entry fees or speed ups that eventually will result in the same "spamming" on GM usage (from my opinion)


    May I propose a different approach? Such as the power that moves the entire world right now!! And this power is the Ads. Not the Ads which are forced, but the section that a user can watch ads to gain GMs or purchase GMs with his real money!

    Is this a way that could benefit both bytro and players?

  • Many things have proposed by players that could actually be usefull, with the best opiinion (for me) t limit the useage of GM with some kind of mechanism. This mechanism could be reverse analogy of the strenght of an empire (that is if you have 1 province you will be able to an unlimited use of GMs) or a percent of silver or a fix amount?

    Some proposed to be able to purchase thinks, as maps, entry fees or speed ups that eventually will result in the same "spamming" on GM usage (from my opinion)


    May I propose a different approach? Such as the power that moves the entire world right now!! And this power is the Ads. Not the Ads which are forced, but the section that a user can watch ads to gain GMs or purchase GMs with his real money!

    Is this a way that could benefit both bytro and players?

    There was such feature in the past but bytro's partner in it wasn't very relayable so it was removed as it caused more issues that gains. I don't know how much such ads could gain but all bits help off course.

  • There was such feature in the past but bytro's partner in it wasn't very relayable so it was removed as it caused more issues that gains. I don't know how much such ads could gain but all bits help off course.

    I don't know anything about that, personally, but as a player that doesn't spend any money on the game, I like the idea of adding ads, but still it is another way people will abuse goldmark. I don't think it should be banned, but daily caps or caps based on in-game activity should exist. Personally I enjoy winning games so I can get the goldmark and use it in my other games. That being said people abusing the ads could be a problem. Maybe a limit of ads-per-day? Or something else.

  • I believe GM should exist, however should have the option of creating games that GM can not use.

    They should also limit the amount of GM used per game every 24 hours. Example: Day 1 the player uses 25k from GM and this is the limit. On Day 2 he can use GM again, however the daily limit will be 25k GM.



    But about other means of monetization ... I do not know if they ever thought of creating a virtual store that sells items related to the theme of World War I. It may seem like a ridiculous idea for a gaming company, as it would certainly be very complex to put this into practice. But a similar idea would be a store inside the S1914 that the player could buy skins for the avatars of the games. For example: in a certain map I'm with Germany and I would like to change the default photo of Kaiser for another photo of him only that colorized and for that it will be through a collection of images that the S1914 makes available, some free and others paid. Obviously you would have to remove the player's option to put any photo. It may also seem like a ridiculous idea, but it's something that does not affect the game's balance like GM, which can totally change the course of a game, while what I'm suggesting is just one of those common things in these popular games that love to sell "cute items" for players to spend their money, but that does not affect the game.


    I would like to hear other players' opinions on these ideas.

  • Sandman wrote:

    "creating a virtual store that sells items related to the theme of World War I."

    Hi Sandman,


    That's quite a good idea as I know there are other types of games with a similar set up and they use it to make the Castle look different to others as an example. If they used this option for Forts and other units then it could be quiet successful. Once the re-vamp is completed we could look at seeing if something like this is an option.

    Whitetiger89

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