The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many industries hard, but some PC games are more popular in 2020 than ever before. The German company CipSoft and its MMORPG Tibia, which has existed for more than 20 years, refer to such projects.
The company announced its performance:
- The average number of active Tibia players in 2020 has grown by a third, to 100,000 users.
- CipSoft’s turnover increased by 10 million euros to 25 million.
- The company’s profit has doubled.
Developers even began to pay employees honoraria in honour of such an event. Some bonuses were twice the annual salary.
Among other things, the authors shared the details of their success in an interview with MeinMMO. They said that they were initially laughed at, no one wanted to take their idea seriously, and Yahoo did not even have a category for hosting online role-playing games with such graphics.
Tibia is a 1997 isometric MMORPG that is also popular in the modern world. Among the most playing countries in it: Poland, Venezuela, Brazil, Chile and Sweden. The project is distributed on a freemium model, and subscriptions and whole characters are available for sale. Therefore some people even use Tibia as main income.