In-game Advertising? (in General)

{Wookie}-Jir.Vr- June 11 2009 5:51 PM EDT

This is one of the few games I've ever played that seems to take no part in advertising. Not as in advertising FOR the game itself, but rather IN the game.

I know there is potential money to be made for Jon/NS, and was thinking that even a single add on the whole site could generate income to help keep servers running, or any needed upgrades... or to help buy Jon's new family vehicle...

I know it's the unpopular view, but I wouldn't be opposed to maybe a single google add on the site. How about when you fight and portraits are enabled, it shows two pictures on the left of the screen, what if right under it was a similar sized google add?

Would that be so bad?

I think if it could profit jon/ns it would be worth it, especially considering that single add wouldn't be that intrusive...

Just a thought.

I was just thinking about a conversation a friend and I had over the poker table, where he told me about three websites he runs, and pulls in on average a total of 500-600 USD per month via google adds.

Not too shabby, and with 80,000+ fights a day, that's a lot of "ticks".


AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] June 11 2009 5:53 PM EDT

Yeah, we do get a lot of ticks, so maybe this could be good. I'm personally not against it at all. Anything that generates money that makes CB run smoother is something I'm for.

TheCakeIsTheTruth June 11 2009 5:53 PM EDT

It won't be worth it, it's not how much the ad loads, it's how much it's clicked.

Tyriel [123456789] June 11 2009 5:56 PM EDT

"It won't be worth it, it's not how much the ad loads, it's how much it's clicked."

Not always. Some advertisers are simply looking for exposure, not hits on their website. And I'm sure there are some people that might be interested in an advertisement for, say, a free online strategy game.

I don't see how an ad or two could hurt. Didn't there use to be one on the Out of BA page? One there would fit with the listing of activities on that page.

I'd suggest using the ads to pull in more users as opposed to try and turn a profit, though. The current player base is too small to make any huge amounts of money, and we could really use more players. Money from supportership, items, etc. *should* be enough for maintenance costs, anyways, right?

{Wookie}-Jir.Vr- June 11 2009 5:57 PM EDT

Half right? To my understanding you still get revenue for each unique view per 24 hours. I think it's like 1/5th the revenue of a click, but even that would add up.

I would click on a few adds a day to support the website. Would you?

GnuUzir June 11 2009 6:10 PM EDT

There used to be ads, it was a supporter option to turn them off...

I don't know how long ago this was taken out, might have been CB1 for all I can remember...

GnuUzir June 11 2009 6:11 PM EDT

Ooops I guess I should have said "There used to be ads in the battle outcome page"

Demigod June 11 2009 6:11 PM EDT

I remember CB1 had small text-only ads that would appear during bot checks.

Demigod June 11 2009 6:12 PM EDT

Obviously, as GnuUzir said, for non-supporters

Newlin [SeeD] June 11 2009 6:12 PM EDT

It is still in the wiki that supportership allows you to turn off adds :) I would personally be all for an add or two if it would help bring in new players or provide money for a server repair or something.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] June 11 2009 6:28 PM EDT

i think there may be a few downsides that just make it not worth the fuss. ad revenue has diminished greatly over the last few years from what i have heard and so it is not really lucrative enough to chance alienating users.

the biggest problem though is that your load time is then dependent on the speed of the ad servers to a certain extent. you also then have security issues that may be introduced through content not controlled by the owner of the site.

think of it somewhat of renting out a room in your house. on a purely financial basis it may only make sense. when your tenants are drug dealers, meth manufacturers or gang bangers, is it really worth it to introduce your family to that for a few hundred bucks a month. that is an extreme analogy, but perhaps you will see that the profit sometimes has serious strings attached.

{WW]Nayab [Cult of the Valaraukar] June 11 2009 6:35 PM EDT

There is a hidden cost to everything Dude, adds being one of the greatest.
but i think the suggestion here is adds like our portraits that can be turned off if you are a supporter. nothing animated or anything that would take 2 minutes to load.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] June 12 2009 12:31 AM EDT

they do not have to be animated to take a long time, remember they are coming from a server that could have crappy bandwidth, not enough bandwidth for the amount of ads served, or from halfway around the world. any time you load content from another server you are relinquishing control and adding another side trip on to your page load.

Demigod June 12 2009 12:52 AM EDT

I'd like to hear why the text ads disappeared in the first place. They didn't slow down the load time empirically. I assume they just plain weren't worth any level of hassle needed to get them.

AdminNightStrike June 12 2009 1:13 AM EDT

Google ads are text only and don't provide a security risk.

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] June 12 2009 1:15 AM EDT

Well then if they'll provide some money, I'm super down for them.

BootyGod June 12 2009 4:00 AM EDT

Same. I'm all for ads to help the game.

BluBBen June 12 2009 4:03 AM EDT

If they earn Jon and NS some money then I'm positive to adds.

Daz June 12 2009 4:07 AM EDT

Well, I was going to say that I use an adblocker, so I wouldn't even notice, but then I remembered that CB has to be added to the exception list to make some parts of it work properly :D

I wouldn't complain. Its doubtful that I'd ever click on it, though.
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