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Greetings! As our players have read, Enad Global 7 (EG7) entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Daybreak Game Company today. We are excited about EG7 and we welcome them into our family. We are also excited to be part of such a great collaboration. We just wanted to let our players know that this will have no impact on the development of Dungeons and Dragons Online, The Lord of the Rings Online, and operations for us at Standing Stone Games. Our teams are working as hard as always to bring new and exciting things to our games in the months and years to come.

We've been encouraged by your support this year, and we're hard at work planning 2021 and beyond. We'll have a more forward-looking Producer's Letter in the new year, and that is where we'll talk about Gundabad, our next class, and a whole lot more.

From everyone at Standing Stone Games, we wish you and yours well throughout this season of holidays around the world.

 

 

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?684810-Daybreak-Acquisition-News-and-Standing-Stone-Games&p=8049624#post8049624

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42 minutes ago, Papi said:

Users with VIP (monthly membership):  41K

Wonder if that includes lifetimers or if it is how many people are paying every month

Revenues of $9.9 million for first 3 quarters on 2020 dont seem to bad.  Also they mention bringing the game to next gen consoles and trying to capitalize on the Amazon TV show.

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Looks like LOTRO may be getting a console conversion :)

Some links to some interesting info:

https://tagn.wordpress.com/2020/12/02/daybreak-revealed-in-enad-global-7-presentation/

https://massivelyop.com/2020/12/02/everything-we-just-learned-about-daybreak-thanks-to-eg7/

Also, here's the investor presentation PDF from EG7. It's odd the way the information tap has just been turned on, as we move from a privately held company, Daybreak, to a European public firm, EG7.

EG7-Investor-Presentation-Dec-2020-Acquires-Daybreak-Games.pdf

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11 hours ago, Talisman said:

From Severlin:

"We are excited about EG7 and we welcome them into our family."

..... SSG was already owned by Daybreak. SSG didn't want to admit it to its playerbase, lest it dampens spending. Daybreak was therefore called 'publisher'.

Now Daybreak is sold and Severlin writes the above... no.... you are a piece of carrot in the soup that is called Daybreak which is being eaten by EG7.

Face it.

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Many of us have suspected that SSG was a subsidiary of DBG. What's revealing is that it turns out to be a subsidiary of another DBG subsidiary 😹 Turbine, apparently, was sold by WB to DBG, which explains their office, virtual servers and retaining the IP deals.

I know nothing about this EG7. Are they a gaming meta-company or another "investor?"

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Wait a minute ...

 

On page 11 of the PDF presentation.  Jack Emmert.  The same Jack Emmert that nearly single-handedly destroyed City of Heroes with his "vision".  No wonder matters in LOTRO were going into the abyss.

 

So incensed ...

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12 hours ago, Urwendil said:

Many of us have suspected that SSG was a subsidiary of DBG. What's revealing is that it turns out to be a subsidiary of another DBG subsidiary 😹 Turbine, apparently, was sold by WB to DBG, which explains their office, virtual servers and retaining the IP deals.

I know nothing about this EG7. Are they a gaming meta-company or another "investor?"

Actually, Turbine was not sold to DBG - Turbine remained a part of WB, which also kept Asheron's Call, although the company was at the time fully integrated into WB and became WB Games.

In the same press release, it was said that SSG was an employee-owned company, with DBG as its publisher. However, because neither SSG nor DBG are publicly traded, the exact details of their relationship has never been disclosed (until now). It is now clear that DBG owns SSG.

If there are truly 41K subscribers (not including lifers), their revenues would be on the order of 5.5 million for the 3 quarters. That would mean they generated around 4.4 million from the store. Overall, though, it seems the game is surprisingly healthy. Projecting out to the end of the year, the revenue from subscribers would be around 7.3 million and from the stores would be around 1..5 million - for a total of 13.2 million.

BTW, the numbers do not include any revenue from the War of the Three Peaks mini-xpac, since it was released in October.

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On 12/7/2020 at 8:48 AM, Urwendil said:

This "Page 12" of the presentation (first link in Moderate Peril's post above) has an entry: "Daybreak acquires Turbine and Standing Stone Games..." hence my remark.

I am referring to the original press release and FAQs from 2016, when SSG was created. I seem to be wrong about it being employee-owned (but I clearly remember this being discussed somewhere).

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/standing-stone-games-–-message-rob-ciccolini

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Today we have some momentous news! The game teams responsible for The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) and Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) are now moving from Turbine to Standing Stone Games, a newly formed indie game studio. In addition, we’ve partnered with Daybreak Games to provide global publishing services. They’ve had a long, successful history developing and publishing MMOs, and we’re happy to lean on their expertise.
 
With the announcement out of the way, I wanted to talk to you about what all this means.
 
We're embarking on an exciting adventure as Standing Stone Games, a newly-independent studio staffed by people who have been working on DDO and LOTRO for many years. The teams remain very much committed to both games and are thrilled to continue development and operations of these games as an independent studio.  This is an opportunity for us to bring about our dreams while still working on two of the biggest licenses in video games. It's a huge honor, and for you this means your games will continue to grow and improve. We love to focus on games with a high level of depth and scope, and we can't wait to show you what the future brings. 
 
Although a great many exciting things are happening on our end, you'll be able to continue playing the game(s) you enjoy with as little interruption as possible. Our development continues on track, and the plans we have already announced remain firmly in our future view. Again, although we are a new studio, we are also the same developers who have been and will continue to work on our games. 
 
Our success has always been possible because of your support. As we move forward, this is more important than ever. The ultimate goal of our new studio is to continue to bring you amazing experiences. We are excited for the future, and we’re thrilled to have you with us on this journey. 
 
Here's to great games, epic adventures, and memorable times with friends!
 
~Sev

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https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/standing-stone-games-transition-faq

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What is happening to Turbine?
Turbine will no longer be involved in the development of LOTRO and DDO. They will continue on the development of their products. 

 

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