I know quite a few of you have been in the Path of Exile closed beta for a couple years. However, since it "Launched" with version 1.0, I find myself wondering just how the developer/publisher makes money.
1.0 came with new content, a Steam launch and various other things - in fact, about the only thing it DIDN'T launch with is increased incentive to pay for items. With all the development & running costs, how do they make money? Are a few people here and there willing to pay for cosmetic items or storage tabs really enough to even break even?
There's literally NO nagging for cash shop purchases (which is rampant in most F2P games such as SWTOR, GW2, LOTRO, Dragon Nest, Vindictus, Aion, Rift, TERA, etc). The only thing you can buy that gives you an 'advantage' is stash tabs which expand on the 4 pages (a decent amount) you already get. Everything else is cosmetic.
Don't get me wrong, I love this approach to MMOs.. but again - how do they make money?
Here's what I suspect: Path of Exile may be a huge money laundering scheme.