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Entropia News: Newly Discovered Moon to be Auctioned

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  1. UPDATE 29 March 2013

    150000 USD bid by Modified Akoz Power:

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    UPDATE 25 March 2013

    A little competition has been added to make the waiting more entertaining.

    Further info: Guess the winning bid of the moon auction!



    UPDATE 21 March 2013

    Entropia Universe Moon Estate Auction Virtual Tycoon.

    The moon estate is now on auction for 1,500,000 PED = 150,000 USD start bid. We will keep a bid history in this frame.

    Bid history
    • 1,500,000 PED, start bid, 21 March 2013
    • ???




    Own the moon in Entropia Universe!

    After the sale of Crystal Palace Space Station in 2010 another major space estate will be auctioned in Entropia Universe. It was first mentioned in State of the Universe Address 2013, postponed a few times and subject to speculations.

    The estate will be a moon to reside within Entropia Universe Space entity and will not be a part of any planet. Moreover the Entropia Universe Moon will be a kind of planet itself allowing the owner to market it and recruit new Entropia Universe participants that will generate revenues.

    The revenue sharing will be executed as follows:
    • Activity on the moon estate by participants recruited by Moon Manager: 35%
    • Activity on the moon estate by all other participants: 10%
    • Activity elsewhere within Entropia Universe by participants recruited by the Moon Manager: 25%
    Meaning for at best 150.000 USD (starting bid) you receive at worst case 10% of the income generated by the estate. At the same time you enter the competition with MindArk and the Planet Partners for recruiting new players.

    With this kind of setup MindArk for the first time derive from the not completely successful Planet Partner concept.

    The auction starts on 21 March 2013 and will end on 04 April 2013.

    We will collect all information that becomes available in this thread and/or the respective wiki page: Entropia Universe Moon.

    P.S.: It's not the first time MindArk have engaged in a moon related project, see bottom of this post.


    Original Announcement:

    Entropia Universe All Planets Bulletin

    Gothenburg, Sweden – March 1, 2013 /Entropia Universe/ – Entropia Universe announced today that it will be auctioning a newly discovered moon starting on March 21, 2013. This unique opportunity combines the Entropia Universe Planet Partner and Marketing Partner programs, allowing the winner to operate an estate in a virtual universe which just celebrated its tenth anniversary.
    The winning bidder will work closely with the MindArk team throughout the estate’s development process with direct input on important design decisions, and will share revenue with MindArk resulting from all activity on the moon. As a way to further increase earning potential, the winning bidder will also have the ability to recruit newparticipants through marketing, and receive a share of revenue from resulting activity anywhere in Entropia Universe.
    The moon estate includes a Lunar Command Center and two Lunar Habitats, along with eight subsurface caverns filled with unique creatures and rare resources.

    The auction for rights to manage the moon estate will begin on March 21 and end two weeks later, on April 4, 2013. The estate deed will be listed on the Entropia Universe global auction with a starting bid of 1.5 million PED (150,000 USD).

    For more information about the auction including full details regarding the Moon Estate, please visit the following URL: www.entropiauniverse.com/entropia-universe/announcements/moon
    Source: http://www.entropiauniverse.com/bulletin/buzz/2013/03/01/Newly-Discovered-Moon-to-be-Auctioned.xml


    Moon sale details:

    Moon Sale Details

    Overview

    A unique new estate management opportunity that combines Entropia Universe’s Planet Partner and Marketing Partner programs will be offered via auction by MindArk on March 21, 2013.
    The winning bidder of that auction will assume management of an entire moon which has recently been discovered in deep space. The Moon Manager will work closely with the MindArk design team throughout the moon estate’s development process, with direct input on important design decisions.
    The Moon Manager will share revenue with MindArk resulting from activity on the moon estate, as well revenue generated by participants recruited by the Moon Manager’s marketing efforts.

    Moon Estate

    The moon estate includes the following features:
    • A start room for new participants to become acquainted with the Entropia Universe user interface and basic gameplay.
    • A Lunar Command Center with teleporters, terminals, storage, auctioneers, quest NPCs, four (4) premium shops, and portals to the subsurface caverns.
    • Two (2) Lunar Habitats, each with 50 apartments and 5 shops. These apartments and shops are individual estates which can be traded to other Entropia Universe participants.
    • Eight (8) subsurface caverns filled with unique creatures and rare resources.
    • Four (4) unique creatures.
    • Four (4) hunting quest chains, one for each creature.
    • Mining within the subsurface caverns, including two (2) new mining resources, exclusive to the moon.
    Revenue Sharing

    Revenue generated through participant activity will be shared with the Moon Manager as follows:
    • Activity on the moon estate by participants recruited by Moon Manager: 35%
    • Activity on the moon estate by all other participants: 10%
    • Activity elsewhere within Entropia Universe by participants recruited by the Moon Manager: 25%
    Auction

    The auction for rights to manage the moon estate will begin on March 21 and end two weeks later, on April 4, 2013. The estate management deed will be listed on the Entropia Universe global auction with a starting bid of 1.5 million PED (150,000 USD).

    Additional Information

    Interested parties wanting more detailed information about the moon estate should contact MindArk at the following email address: moon@mindark.com.
    Source: http://www.entropiauniverse.com/entropia-universe/announcements/moon/


    Moon estate FAQ

    Moon Estate FAQ

    Q: If I deposit funds and bid on the moon auction, will MindArk forego the withdrawal fee for unsuccessful bidders?
    A: Yes. The withdrawal fee will be waived for all participants who make an individual deposit of at least $25,000 between March 1 and April 4, 2013. The withdrawal fee waiver will apply to an amount equal to the total deposit amount made during the fee waiver period.

    Q: What about deposit fees?
    A: MindArk recommends that parties interested in making large deposits into Entropia Universe use the bank transfer deposit method. The only fees associated with this deposit method are those charged by your own financial institution; MindArk charges no fee for deposits made via bank transfer.

    Q: When is the moon estate expected to be released?
    A: After the auction is completed, MindArk will contact the Moon Operator to discuss overall design aspects of the moon estate. Depending on the specific details from that discussion, the moon estate is expected to be released late in Q2 or in Q3 of 2013.

    Q: Will it be possible to add additional features and/or expand the moon estate?
    A: Yes. Further development of the moon estate beyond the initial specification is indeed possible, and can be proposed to the MindArk team once the auction is completed. Note that any such added features will be subject to MindArk approval, as well as additional development costs.

    Q: Can the Moon Operator use its own team to develop the moon estate?
    A: No. All initial and future development will be performed by MindArk.

    Q: Will the Moon Operator be required to sign any agreements or documents?
    A: Yes. The person holding the account of the Moon Operator will be required to sign MindArk’s standard Marketing Partner Agreement, the Moon Operator Agreement, and a Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement.

    Q: How will revenue from the moon estate and marketing partnership be paid?
    A: Revenue will be paid out monthly to the moon estate deed holder.

    Q: Are the revenue share percentages negotiable?
    A: No.

    Q: Can the Moon Operator sell shares or deeds?
    A: There will be a single deed for the moon estate. Group ownership or further revenue sharing will not be supported.

    Q: Is the moon part of Calypso or any other Planet Partner?
    A: No, the moon is its own territory, just as other planets.

    Q: Where is the moon be located?
    A: A mysterious wormhole was recently discovered in local space. Exploration of the other side of the wormhole revealed a strange, planetless moon. A space station is under construction that will stabilize the wormhole and allow travel between local space and the region of space on the other side of the wormhole, where the moon was discovered.

    Q: Will there be a teleporter to or from the moon?
    A: All access to and from the moon will be made via the wormhole space station, which will allow avatars to enter the wormhole, transporting them directly to the Lunar Command Center.

    Q: Will the subsurface cavern areas have hunting and mining taxes?
    A: There will be no hunting or mining taxes on the moon estate.

    Q: How large will the subsurface caverns be?
    A: Approximately 1.5 times the size of the asteroid space resort domes.

    Q: How will mining work in the subsurface caverns?
    A: The caverns will use the indoor mining logic system, which results in a lower search radius and larger finds.

    Q: What size will the apartments be, and how many item points will they have?
    A: Apartments will be medium-sized compared to existing apartments in Entropia, and will feature 150 item points.

    Q: Will the moon creatures have their own loot items?
    A: The loot from moon creatures will be a mixture of familiar items and resources and completely new items. Those new resources will be used for manufacturing other new items unique to the moon.





    Press release:

    Newly Discovered Moon to be Auctioned by Entropia Universe

    Entropia Universe All Planets Bulletin


    GOTHENBURG, Sweden, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- /Entropia Universe/ – Entropia Universe AB, operator of the largest Massively Multiplayer Online Real Cash Economy (MMORCE), announced today that it will be auctioning a newly discovered moon starting on March 21, 2013. This unique opportunity combines the Entropia Universe Planet Partner and Marketing Partner programs, allowing the winner to operate an estate in a virtual universe which just celebrated its tenth anniversary.

    (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130301/LA68227LOGO)

    The winning bidder will work closely with the MindArk team throughout the estate's development process with direct input on important design decisions, and will share revenue with MindArk resulting from all activity on the moon. As a way to further increase earning potential, the winning bidder will also have the ability to recruit new participants through marketing, and receive a share of revenue from resulting activity anywhere in Entropia Universe.
    The moon estate includes a Lunar Command Center and two Lunar Habitats, along with eight subsurface caverns filled with unique creatures and rare resources. The auction for rights to manage the moon estate will begin on March 21 and end two weeks later, on April 4, 2013. The estate deed will be listed on the Entropia Universe global auction with a starting bid of 1.5 million PED (150,000 USD).

    For more information about the auction including full details regarding the Moon Estate auction, please visit the following URL: www.entropiauniverse.com/announcements/moon
    Entropia Universe is the largest Massively Multiplayer Online Real Cash Economy (MMORCE) game in the world. Players have no monthly costs, but deposit and withdraw real funds for their adventures on any planet in the Entropia Universe. For more information on Entropia Universe or to download the free game please visit www.entropiauniverse.com/.

    About Entropia Universe ABEntropia Universe is the largest Real Cash Economy Massively Multiplayer Online Game in the world. Entropia Universe offers players the ability to participate in a unique virtual world where they have no monthly costs. Its innovative real money economy uses a virtual currency which has a fixed exchange rate with the US dollar. This allows players to deposit and withdraw real funds for their adventures on any virtual planet or in the real world. Entropia Universe uses a state of the art graphics engine to deliver the highest quality visuals in an MMO today.
    For more information on Entropia Universe please contact us at the email below or go to our website at http://www.entropiauniverse.com.

    About MindArkBased in Gothenburg, Sweden, MindArk is one of the city's largest video game publishers contributing the to the thriving development community. As the publisher of Entropia Universe, a game space that encompasses multiple planet partners, each with their own unique setting and gameplay style, MindArk focuses on the development and maintenance of the platform. This allows other companies to create unique content for their planets in the game universe and provides an environment in which a real cash economy can flourish.
    For more information on MindArk please contact us at the email below or go to our website at http://www.mindark.com.

    Entropia Universe Media:
    David Tractenberg
    (310) 453-2050 x111
    david@tractionpr.com

    SOURCE Entropia Universe AB
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...auctioned-by-entropia-universe-194181261.html



    It's not the first time MindArk have engaged in a moon related project. In 2010 they completed a study for European Space Agency , its result is seemingly settled in a moon-like environment:


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  2. Neuromancer

    Neuromancer Brainstormers Official Brain Glue

    So what will be Buzz's winning bid?

    I guess 4.7million ped
     
  3. Obviously this is the major estate that MA was hinting at recently and I see a repeat of the asteroid scenario here. It would be like the great creator coming down in RL and announcing "here's a new moon being put up for auction..."
     
  4. Tass

    Tass Administrator

    I really thought the proclaimed "completely new revenue model" would be rather based on something similar to Calypso Land Deeds, meaning shared ownership of an estate by players. Now this rather looks like they are producing their own mini planets and try to sell them off (might even by the remnants of the ESA project). I think there's noone really claiming the Planet Partner concept was a success so far...

    I'm not sure but the revenue sharing doesn't seem like a good deal to me. You get 10% of revenues from existing players? And you have to engage in marketing, actually competing with MA and all the planet partners? I mean, the moon estate doesn't really sound like a significant competitor to existing planets, given its size, restriction of content, lack of development opportunities and unique 'selling point'.

    That and 150.000 USD startbid? I'm pretty sure someone will buy, but remember Medusa's Head...

    Also interesting: Change from "MindArk PE AB" to "Entropia Universe AB" (which is ex-EUSO and a 100% subsidiary).
     
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  5. redirect
     
  6. Yep, first the asteroid, then the Medusa Head island/s (albeit that's still 'on calypso'...), and now a new moon. If other planet partners start doing the same thing we may end up not knowing where we are from one month to the next.
     
  7. What is the difference between a premium shop and normal shop?

    100 apartments and 10 shops that can be sold off to other players and/or used in trade to build a marketing team. Sounds doable to me.

    I would want to know how many and what kind of BP would be coming out for the 2 new types of mined resources. Alas I don't have the funds for initial bid.
     


  8. Would this be only during the development phase or ongoing? Also does this mean there could potentially be more missions then the 4 mentioned in the press release?

     
  9. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    Well I doubt nobody didn't see this one coming. I could have written this in December based purely on my own speculation. It was never going to be anything else really. (ok didn't know they would do a revenue split - thats new but doesn't really shock me rigid either)

    Have to say I think so too. Its really unfair/a bad business model for new players first experience to be "a room" on a moon far away from the other planets that is likely fairly underpopulated aside from a few silent elite players. If you were a new player, would you rather start in the mountains of Thule? or at the arrivals place deep in the forest and do the mountain tunnel run on Arkadia? personally, I'd rather start in a "room" in space... no no not really.

    The other point here is that once MA have their money this "opportunity" to "work with them" to "develop" the moon will likely quickly evaporate into "we have other priorities, the ubas are hunting the kick ass mobs we gave you, what more do you want?" Don't think that's fair? OK ask any major estate owner how accomodating MA have been about helping them even get everything they were promised in the original sale. The idea of offering "more" than just delivering the original itinery seems far fetched and unlikely to happen.

    Also... pics (or it didn't happen) ;)

    Just my thoughts

    Wistrel
     
  10. Tass

    Tass Administrator

    Let's use this thread to keep something like a bid history, post#1 and the Moon estate wiki page will be updated accordingly.
     
  11. RAZER

    RAZER Custom title ... uh ...

    Images of the estate deed.
    One thing that stands out is the fact that you can not sell the deed without official approval, presumably from MindArk.

    Also the name of the moon is LO-J2MP, anyone wanna guess what that stands for?

    Item_Moon Estate Deed_01. Item_Moon Estate Deed_02. Item_Moon Estate Deed_03. Item_Moon Estate Deed_04.

    Item_Moon Estate Deed_05.

    So far no bids on the moon yet.
     
  12. Tass

    Tass Administrator

    A newly discovered moon is on auction for 150,000 USD start bid!

    Let's have a little competition to make the waiting for the end of the auction more entertaining:


    Guess the winning bid of the moon auction!


    Rules:
    • post your guess in this thread
    • your guess must be a number representing PED, no decimals
    • one guess/day/post, if you make more only the earliest one will be considered, day = 00:00:00 EUT - 23:59:59 EUT
    • the guess closest to the winning bid wins
    • if the winning bid contains decimals it will be rounded
    • in case of draw the guess posted earlier wins
    • if there's no bid at all there will be no winner and no prizes
    • one person can only win one prize
    • the competition ends 3rd of April 23:59:59 EUT
    Prizes:
    For entropiatransport.com prizes all conditions apply as listed on http://entropiatransport.com.
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2013
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  13. 1.5 Million ped :)
     
    • Gratz Gratz x 1
  14. Nor Alien

    Nor Alien Wisker Fish

    3200000 ped
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2013
  15. narfi

    narfi Lost

    3691215 PED
     
  16. Seeing at the moon is 238,855 miles from earth I guess converted to peds is

    2388550 Peds :thumbsup:
     
  17. RAZER

    RAZER Custom title ... uh ...

    OK we are using references to real life stuff it seems, so I'll go for this one.

    Speed of light = 299.792 km/s
    So that's $299.792
    and that's 2.997.920 PED
     
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  18. If you win off my idea I will beat you with a moon stick :)
     
  19. RAZER

    RAZER Custom title ... uh ...

    Who knows, i might even like that.
     
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    • Winner Winner x 1

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