A huge achievement!

DOOM Eternal Made Half A Billion Dollars Without Using Microtransactions

DOOM Eternal managed to make $450 million without the use of microtransactions, according to iD Software’s Product Management Lead [via GamingBible].

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Credit: Bethesda

The achievement proves that games don’t need to sell additional content to make money. iD Software’s first-person shooter has completely shattered this theory, raking in around half a billion dollars in revenue.

The information was shared by iD Software’s David Saunders via a Linkedin bio update, which was spotted by eagle-eyed Redditor I_love_to_please.

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Here’s what Saunders added to his Linkedin bio:

responsibilities included product KPI development, game monetization, economy, analytics, feature specs, feature roadmaps, and more. One major focus was on Doom Eternal, which generated over $450m in revenue in the first 9 months of release (per Superdata public information).”

No wonder Saunders is boasting. The Product Management Lead has since moved to Gearbox Publishing and is performing a similar role for games like Borderlands. Gearbox’s cell-shaded shooter has stepped away from microtransactions that affect gameplay. Borderlands 3 now only has cosmetic items available for purchase.

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With Saunders joining the Gearbox team, perhaps the temptation to revert back to pay-to-win microtransactions will be stopped. 

While microtransactions serve as a foundation for some games, especially free-to-play experiences, they can also disrupt a game. Fans have previously claimed that microtransactions are ruining Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, with sets of armour being locked behind a paywall. Microtransactions are particularly offensive when attached to a full-priced game, especially when they directly affect the way the game plays. 

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Credit: Ubisoft

Whether or not the industry is drifting away from Microtransactions remains to be seen. If anything, DOOM Eternal’s success sets a precedent, one that proves that games can be profitable at their current price point.

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