Like the movies, the video game industry is driven by hits. John Smedley has delivered them in the past as head of San Diego’s Sony Online Entertainment with games such as EverQuest, a medieval fantasy that greatly influenced the genre as the first online multiplayer game to feature 3D graphics.
But it’s been a while since the game publisher – which released EverQuest in 1999 – has produced a blockbuster. Now under new ownership, the company is aiming to come up with a hit while navigating shifting business models and surging competition in its niche in the video game market. Two titles in the pipeline – zombie survival game H1Z1 and EverQuest Next – will go a long way toward determining the studio’s success as it steps out from under Sony’s umbrella.
Smedley’s Words of Greatness for EverQuest Platinum Players
“The break from Sony gives us nothing but opportunities,” he said. “It a little weird, but it’s a liberating feeling.” Not everything has gone smoothly. Daybreak cut 140 jobs in San Diego this winter, including developers well known to fans of its previous games.
The company now has a bit over 250 total employees, mostly in San Diego but about 50 in Austin, Texas. The sale to Columbus Nova was touted as opening the door for Daybreak to produce games not only for computers and Sony’s PlayStation network but also for other platforms. The ownership change, however, raised fears among fans that cost cutting would result in the shutdown of its older titles such as PlanetSide 2 and DC Universe Online.
Newzoo, an industry market research firm, forecast worldwide game revenue will top $86 billion by 2016. Mobile gaming is the hottest niche, growing at an annual rate of 19 percent on smartphones between 2013 and 2016. Multiplayer online computer games are expected to grow at an annual rate of 10 percent.
Getting your EverQuest Platinum
Playing the game and earn EverQuest platinum is not the fun thing playing the game. You can also gain profits as you earn platinum for your character. There are times that you don’t need platinum but you don’t know where to put or spend them. You can check the PlayerAuctions market place, become a member and sell your platinum for players who are badly looking for it.