Sony Online Says Player Has Made $100,000 Creating In-Game Items
In a recent interview, Sony Online Entertainment head John Smedley revealed that one gamer has made over $100,000 creating and selling in-game items in SOE's Player Studio program.
In an interview about the company's new zombie-themed MMO H1Z1, Smedley was asked about the success of the company's Player Studio program, which allows users to create in-game items and submit them for approval to be sold to other players. Smedley praised the program, then commented, ""In fact, we just had our first player create $100,000 from items."
Player Studio is supported in the SOE games EverQuest, EverQuest II, and PlanetSide 2. Players create items, then name them and describe how they fit into the game's existing structure and lore. If SOE approves the item, it will be sold in the SOE Marketplace. The player receives 40 percent of the net proceeds from each item sold. Smedley would not confirm whether H1Z1 would be compatible with Player Studio.
Based on the average price of items, and the fact that only 40 percent of the proceeds go to the creator, the person who eclipsed $100,000 is putting an insane amount of work into Player Studio. Still, it's a pretty impressive living if that's what you like to do. Also, buried in this article is an even more surprising fact: people are still playing the original EverQuest.