Sales plunge

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  1. yanuart

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    Hi,
    Is it normal to have a sales dropped almost 80% ? Since the release date, my game is enjoying a steady sales income (almost 8 months) then suddenly this month it dropped almost right away.
    Okay so my game will probably gone someday but I always thought it'll be in a process not on a sudden pull like this.
    Is this normal ?
     
  2. Jonas

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    That hasn't ever been my experience. Games usually die a slow death.

    It's not like instantly 80% of folks are suddenly going to be less inclined to buy your game.

    SO most likely there is either a) a problem with customers finding your game or b) folks are having difficulty paying for it.

    So run through and check out whats going on. Look at total number of downloads, are they down 80%? If not, probably an ordering problem.

    If they are, you have a visibility issue. Maybe your game had some visibility you we're unaware of before, etc.

    I'm sure you'll track it down :)
     
  3. Chris Evans

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    Was the majority of your sales coming from a single source? Let's say for example the majority of your sales were coming from Download.com, if they remove your listing or re-categorize your game into a less popular sub-category then that could noticeable affect your sales.

    So yeah, try to analyze where your sales came from the previous months and then look to see if anything significant has changed this month.
     
  4. yanuart

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    yeah.. that's what im afraid of. I checked everything and it seems okay but when I couldn't check on Plimus Buynow Transactions report (this is to know how many ppl actually see my purchase page) cause somehow it always freezes when I try to query the report.
    I've contacted Plimus to ask this but so far I only have standard reply.
     
  5. Sharkbait

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    Maybe it's because people are discovering free open-source X-Moto?
     
  6. lakibuk

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    Don't think so. The internet market is not transparent.
    (Looks like an interesting Elastomania game.)
     
  7. LilGames

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    Your game might have been front-page featured on a popular site for a while and now been dropped to a sub-page.... (??)
     
  8. dxgame

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    Relying on portal sales for the majority of your income is also a no-no. ;)
     
  9. Pallav Nawani

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    If sales have dropped dramatically & traffic on your website has increased dramatically..
    Check if somebody has cracked your game or released a regkey/ keygen for your game. Check your server logs to see where your traffic is coming from & go to the websites sending you traffic & check if your game has been regged/keygenned/cracked.

    Happened to me once with RiotBall. I now have the demo separate from the full version, and I deliver the full version when the user buys the game.

    Your game will keep selling as long as you keep selling it. Unless of course, technology makes your game outdated.
     
  10. defanual

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    I think your game may have been cracked...

    Just done a quick google check, it seems your game has indeed been cracked/keygen :mad:

    EDIT: This probably won't help much, but only the best/most wanted/requested stuff tend to get cracked. you might wanna check out this thread of another dev who's experienced such a thing and has recieved some moral support and useful advice http://forums.indiegamer.com/showthread.php?t=8413
     
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  11. yanuart

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    Hi, thanks for the inputs guys. So far I didn't post anything yet and waited for 2 weeks to get the data straight. Here's what I've found :
    1. Traffic is indeed decreasing but not that much only 20-30%. I don't know if it matters cause the traffic now is pretty much the same with the traffic in Feb-March.
    2. So far I don't see anything wrong with my website, the order page seems fine but I do have some issues regarding the order page. For the last 3-4 weeks Plimus hasn't been able to produce the Buynow Transaction report and this report is kinda crucial to come up with some understanding on what's going on.
    I've been contacting Plimus for couple of times now and they've acknowledge the problem and said they're gonna do something bout it but so far it still the same. Does any of you who use Plimus has the same problem ?
    3. Yes, my game has been cracked but I know that since January so I don't think it's the culprit.

    So what do you make of this ?
     
  12. arcadetown

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    Motorama sales have remained steady and solid enough here so doubt any crack/keygen is hurting you. Look closer at your stats, your referrers, and what countries they come from. Perhaps that 20% drop in stats was from a top USA referring source, a good affiliate, etc. Shoot if cracks/keygens killed sales then nobody would be doing any sales online.
     

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