I play StarCraft II. Â A lot. Â If you log in virtually anytime you will see me there. Â At work I use it as a reward system. Â If I get X done then I will play a quick game.
I play pretty much nothing but custom maps.
When StarCraft launched I worked with some of the high profile professional players to guide them in making an info product. Â They didn’t make a ton of money but they did well.
When Diablo came out this dude made a site that dripped content of upsells on how to get better at Diablo and what not. Â Not sure how well he did but sure he did something.
But here is something I thought of the other day. Â And one of the things you could do right now… the other depends on if it happens. Â Lemme elaborate.
Like I said above I play nothing but custom maps. Â SquadTD is my favorite one and its been #1 for as long as I can remember. Â I have sponsored it in the past and that got it banned (most likely cause of my dumbass writing about it on here). Â Evidently you can’t sponsor a map.
BUT you are allowed to take donations.
Almost every site has a “like this map, donate!” button on it.
I was trying out this new map the other day which seemed pretty cool. Â It wasnt listed in the top ten just a random map. Â Game play was neat but I could tell it was going to take a while to get a guy up to level… like days. Â And if the map never goes anywhere or gets any players then its a complete waste of time.
But then I noticed at the end of the game it said “Want the lvl 50 builder and skip getting exp? Â Donate $20 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Â Shit I did it. Â I just had to give him my battlenet ID and he put it in the map so it knew I should have the best thing.
BOOM my head exploded. Â What if you did things like that “donations” for in game purchases. Â This guy was doing it for a map that was not in the top 1000 played… and he was making money.
In Game Purchases
Like think about all the iPhone games that are free. Â But if you want the cool x or x you pay for it. People make so much money in there its SICK.
I am juts going to go out on a limb here and say you could probably get the #1 map for as cheap as 1k. Â Maybe 10k most. Â Remember the people who are making these are college kids. Â 10k is a lot of money to them. Â Then give them some royalty or something for as long as they are developing it.
Man I think that would do well.
Here is the 2nd Idea and its much more lucrative if it happens.
There are rumors that Blizzard is going to implement a marketplace where people can sell maps. Â If this happens……. Â its going to be insane. Â Again another reason to think about “owning” a very popular map. Â I am guessing if you charged like $2.50 for a map in the top ten your talking about a million dollars.
But the time to buy is now. Â Anyway if this goes down remember you heard it here first from Shoestradamus.