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Arenanet bought Ipads for all 200 employees as a Christmas gift

BetakodoBetakodo Poor land, FLMember Posts: 330 Uncommon

"Everyone here at ArenaNet received iPads during our 2010 holiday party". According to a gamebreaker's interview they had 270 employees. I heard they had around the 200s for a while. Costs of Ipads at launch: ~$500. Multiply that by 200 for a too fair estimate and you got 100k. They don't seem like the poor victims, millions of players are giving them $60 a box now are they? They shouldn't have before.

http://www.arena.net/blog/join-the-club-arenanet-coder-launches-sketch-club-app is the official blog, which says it.

Oh poor Anet, whatever will they do when they develop an expansion and charge us $50 for it? How will they pay for future development? Ignore the profit they just made from the box sales of course, the devil known as the players take that while Arenanet sits in rags.

Modern games give WAYYY more profit than their SNES counterparts. More players, gaming is mainstream now. Hey, even the developers get to act like celebrities now instead of programing the game, see Arenanet. In the old days, we didn't have developers doing that, they got magazine interviews rarely and more of a preview/review of the GAME. No flying all over the country, to Europe and Korea.

We must unite, brothers! To defeat the cash shop menace! Twitter @GuildWars2 or go to their facebook page and post your outrage!

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  • BadSpockBadSpock Somewhere, MIMember Posts: 7,974

    I have to ask, is grasping at straws for any possible avenue to attack Guild Wars 2 and Arenanet really that fun to be trying so hard at it?

    My company gave me a Ham for Christmas AND we had a big Holiday party with food and drinks.

    We have 10 employees.

    Does that mean I'm a celebrity too?

  • RefMinorRefMinor MyTownMember Posts: 3,452 Uncommon
    $500 bonus, it's hardly wall street.
  • RazephonRazephon LondonMember Posts: 627 Uncommon

    You know, some of those will be used for testing for outside game interaction! :p

    Currently waiting for the MMO industry to put out something good.
  • EliandalEliandal Chelmsford, ONMember Posts: 796

      God forbid a company (and a profitable one at that) give their employees something.  I'm certainly glad MINE did, my $2000 Christmas bonus paid nicely for my spring vacation!

  • GalthonGalthon Willamette ValleyMember Posts: 50 Uncommon

    I suppose they should've sold out to Activision instead, then Booby Kotick could've wiped his ass with the $100K, and laid off half of them.

  • SaintPhilipSaintPhilip Bree, MIMember Posts: 713

    In the vein of "If they dont have a Cash shop how will Anet survive"- This makes alot of sense.

    Yes, its ridiculous- But no more ridiculous than the folks screaming that Anet NEEDS a CASH shop or they will be in the Welfare line...

  • XerithXerith Richardson, TXMember Posts: 970

    Is this seriously a thread saying that Anet makes too much money because they bought their employees an Ipad? Why not take your energy and go bark at the financial people that made $5 million in bonuses even though they are responsable for the economic mess we are in and were part of failing companies. 

    Because working hard on a game for the past several years doesnt warrent any type of bonus. These threads are getting out of hand and are just silly now. 

  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAMember Posts: 20,770 Epic

    Well, I got an i-pad as a holiday bonus in my last job and it wasn't really a big deal. A nice gesture though.

    I mean, companies do give holiday bonuses, there is nothing new here. Why shouldn't employees get holiday bonuses or bonuses for doing good work.

    Who here has turned down their holiday bonus?

  • BetakodoBetakodo Poor land, FLMember Posts: 330 Uncommon

    Originally posted by Xerith

    Why not take your energy and go bark at the financial people that made $5 million in bonuses even though they are responsable for the economic mess we are in and were part of failing companies. 
    Because working hard on a game for the past several years doesnt warrent any type of bonus. These threads are getting out of hand and are just silly now. 

    [Mod Edit]

    As for the second part, they deserve a bonus. Just don't squeeze the players to make up for their fun time expenses. I payed $60. That's more than a Free to play game ever gets. Don't add a F2P cash shop unless the game is free.

  • DragonantisDragonantis DublinMember Posts: 974

    OMG a company that cares for its employees and gives them nice shiny bonuses at christmas. I never troll but what the heck is this thread?!

    They can give their employees whatever they want, it makes them happy thus more productive and loyal to their employers.

  • Bad.dogBad.dog Belleville, ONMember Posts: 1,127 Uncommon

    Originally posted by Betakodo


    Originally posted by Xerith


    Why not take your energy and go bark at the financial people that made $5 million in bonuses even though they are responsable for the economic mess we are in and were part of failing companies. 
    Because working hard on a game for the past several years doesnt warrent any type of bonus. These threads are getting out of hand and are just silly now. 
    [Mod Edit]

    As for the second part, they deserve a bonus. Just don't squeeze the players to make up for their fun time expenses. I payed $60. That's more than a Free to play game ever gets. Don't add a F2P cash shop unless the game is free.

    I'm sure you have paid nothing yet ??....So whats' your point if you don't like the game don't buy it !

  • XerithXerith Richardson, TXMember Posts: 970

    Originally posted by Betakodo


    Originally posted by Xerith


    Why not take your energy and go bark at the financial people that made $5 million in bonuses even though they are responsable for the economic mess we are in and were part of failing companies. 
    Because working hard on a game for the past several years doesnt warrent any type of bonus. These threads are getting out of hand and are just silly now. 
    [Mod Edit]

    As for the second part, they deserve a bonus. Just don't squeeze the players to make up for their fun time expenses. I payed $60. That's more than a Free to play game ever gets. Don't add a F2P cash shop unless the game is free.

    This has to be a joke right?

  • SaintPhilipSaintPhilip Bree, MIMember Posts: 713

    Originally posted by Xerith


    Originally posted by Betakodo



    Originally posted by Xerith


    Why not take your energy and go bark at the financial people that made $5 million in bonuses even though they are responsable for the economic mess we are in and were part of failing companies. 
    Because working hard on a game for the past several years doesnt warrent any type of bonus. These threads are getting out of hand and are just silly now. 
    [Mod Edit]

    As for the second part, they deserve a bonus. Just don't squeeze the players to make up for their fun time expenses. I payed $60. That's more than a Free to play game ever gets. Don't add a F2P cash shop unless the game is free.

    This has to be a joke right?

    No. We are going to purchase Guild wars 2 for $60 and hold an online sit in to protest their greed... This will show em.

  • RabenwolfRabenwolf Los Angeles, CAMember Posts: 1,439 Uncommon

    Ipad bad, Asus Transformer Prime GOOD.

     

    What were they thinking!!!!

  • SmikisSmikis VilniusMember Posts: 1,045 Uncommon

    ill just point out and say anet never paid or will pay street price for hardware such as computers/ipads/any IT stuff,

    atleast get your facts straight

    this is hardly on topic but they either have constant supplier or they hold contest ( which supplier offers best price, that one gets deal ) , not to mention its bulk

    just so you dont whine about 500, 400 was totally tops for those ipads , and who cares seriously this is one stupid topic

  • Cosmonaut79Cosmonaut79 Dixon, ILMember Posts: 175 Uncommon

    You know what else?  I heard that Anet gives their employees checks every Friday they can take to a bank and exchange for cash!!!  That's coming straight from our wallets!!!

  • thekid1thekid1 GroningenMember Posts: 789 Uncommon

    I don't like Apple and find people using the products idiots.

    Guild Wars 2 is shaping up to be the best mmorpg in years.

     

    Does not compute!

  • just1opinionjust1opinion Kansas City, MOMember Posts: 4,844 Common

    Originally posted by Cosmonaut79

    You know what else?  I heard that Anet gives there employees checks every Friday they can take to a bank and exchange for cash!!!  That's coming straight from our wallets!!!

     

    LOL

    Ya, I agree with you, this thread is stupid beyond belief.  I got 2000 dollar "gifts" from Hallmark Cards when I was working there....cash bonuses at Christmas time.  So what?  Back then the company was well off and treated their employees like gold.  That was when J.C. Hall was still alive.  I'm sure now it's different.  MOST companies that are decent companies to work for treat their employees well.  This is a reason for us to have a hissy fit, WHY?

    President of The Marvelously Meowhead Fan Club

  • Skarecrow7Skarecrow7 Oshkosh, WIMember Posts: 339 Uncommon

    [Mod Edit]

    Do you give your christmas bonus to charitiy?  I want to GIVE my money to a company that takes care of it's employees instead of laying them off for christmas.

    image

  • Laughing-manLaughing-man Dublin, OHMember Posts: 3,600 Uncommon

    Originally posted by Smikis

    ill just point out and say anet never paid or will pay street price for hardware such as computers/ipads/any IT stuff,
    atleast get your facts straight
    this is hardly on topic but they either have constant supplier or they hold contest ( which supplier offers best price, that one gets deal ) , not to mention its bulk
    just so you dont whine about 500, 400 was totally tops for those ipads , and who cares seriously this is one stupid topic

    exactly, and I'd wager its a rather large discount considering its at bulk.

  • YaosYaos Franklin, TNMember Posts: 153 Uncommon

    I have to take garbage home from work every day to throw it out here, kind of sad ANet is doing the same thing to their employees.

  • HalandirHalandir nnMember Posts: 768 Uncommon

    Thank you OP, for this wonderful example of why we should never post while under the influence of alcohol and/or other intoxicating substances.

     

    We dont need casuals in our games!!! Errm... Well we DO need casuals to fund and populate our games - But the games should be all about "hardcore" because: We dont need casuals in our games!!!
    (repeat ad infinitum)

  • dinamsdinams Muriae, VAMember Posts: 1,362

    Originally posted by Yaos

    I have to take garbage home from work every day to throw it out here, kind of sad ANet is doing the same thing to their employees.

    lmao

    "It has potential"
    -Second most used phrase on existence
    "It sucks"
    -Most used phrase on existence

  • Dream_ChaserDream_Chaser BGMember Posts: 1,043

    Employee happiness has always mattered to them.

    I mean, they're a company that doesn't believe in cubicles. That's something that made me smile from ear to ear.

    There's a lot to love in that respect.

    ---

    Also, giving a shit about employee happiness even at the expense of the business is now evil according to some of the people in this thread.

    ...

    Another blow to my faith in humanity! Wow, some of you guys are on a roll.

    I'm sorry, but... ... ... I don't know how to follow that up. I don't have the words.

    But thanks for reminding me of why I hate interacting with traditional MMORPG fans.

  • FusionFusion VaasaMember Posts: 1,367 Uncommon

    "wow" for ipads..

    Notch (the guy who made minecraft) split 3 million between 25 employees as a bonus

    http://www.gamesta.com/notch-shares-3-million-dollars-with-mojang-employees/

     

    come back when you've something "interesting" to share.

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