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Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:03PM Valentina said

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Cool!

Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:03PM Lucidus said

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This won't end well -- for the players.

Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:11PM Saker said

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@Lucidus When "the bankers" get involved things never do go well.
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Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:11PM monkey80 said

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Cool and I love the game.

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Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:13PM (Unverified) said

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@monkey80 Too late sadly ;(
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Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:33PM Lucidus said

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@monkey80 It's not "hate" it's business 101. Once they move from private ownership to being beholden to stockholders their whole mode of business changes.
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Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:48PM Gaugamela said

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@Lucidus

Its also business 101 that if you are one of the investors that injected part of the 100 million Trion received in 2007 that you would establish a payback deadline to receive the results of your initial investment.
Since they received that investment in 2007 a 4 years time period to recover it is reasonable.

This IPO seems like a way to get more money to fund their ongoing projects as well as a way to reward their initial investors.
It's a good sign obviously because it means that Trion is atractive to other investors.
If also shows they have confidence in their upcoming releases.
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Posted: Oct 26th 2011 2:23PM Wykydtron86 said

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@monkey80

Not sure why you got downvoted, but okay?
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Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:17PM BigAndShiny said

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How did he manage to borrow 50 million to start Rift? was he very wealthy beforehand?

Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:46PM Space Cobra said

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@BigAndShiny

It notes that he got lots of Venture Capitol; basically, he shopped around his product to wealthy investors who put in a million or more in on the promise of a future profit/turn-around on investment.
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Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:21PM Ironraptor said

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If Trion goes public the Shareholders will be in charge and it will become, what will benefit the shareholders and earn them profit over what will keep the player base happy.

Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:28PM monkey80 said

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@Ironraptor

Right so they keep fans happy make more money. Till they take every one for granted and then get lazy after 5 years after they have become the biggest MMO in the world. Followed by them pooping on the fans and release the expansion "Forest of the Squirrels"
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Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:40PM fallwind said

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@Ironraptor

you say that like making money isn't already what gaming companies *do*. At least I've never seen one last long by throwing money away left and right.

Whether they are making money for public shareholders or private investors, they are still making money.
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Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:43PM Lucidus said

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@fallwind Once a company goes public they have strong legal obligations to focus solely on catering to their stockholders.
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Posted: Oct 25th 2011 1:10PM (Unverified) said

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@Lucidus

As long as they don't sell themselves out of their own controlling interest in the company, then they are just obligated to make a profit (or at least a good faith attempt at making a profit) and provide all the required financial data to their share holders. All this really changes that instead of Trion being responsible to the VC behind the scenes, they are now responsible to the Share Holders in a public manner. As for us gamer's it just allows us more access to Trion's financial health and it potentially gives them more capital that can be used to further develop. Again, this only really trades VC for share holders .... as-long-as Trion's maintains a very healthy controlling interest in their own company of course.
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Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:29PM MrWarlock said

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Best do it before TOR releases

Posted: Oct 25th 2011 1:00PM real65rcncom said

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@MrWarlock

They won't make it. Read the article:

"Billy Pidgeon, an analyst for M2 Research who has followed the company since 2009, said Trion will need more hits in the coming months to prove it would be able to make it as a publicly traded company.

"They have to prove their platform can succeed and their next two games have to do well," Pidgeon said."


No way they get Defiance and End of Nations out before TOR releases. They already delayed Nations to 2012 'sometime'.
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Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:30PM Skyydragonn said

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"it was as if a great number of vocies suddenly cried out and were silenced"

NO to public trading of MMO/game companies. DO NOT let investors ruin games by making them nothing more than money mills.

Posted: Oct 25th 2011 1:12PM myr said

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Posted: Oct 25th 2011 12:31PM (Unverified) said

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Sad.

I think that a big reason so many games end up watering down is to please investors.

But it's not my company so I just hope Rift stays faithful to it's concepts and doesn't turn into an ickfest of profit over game goodness.

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