World of Goo Pay-What-You-Want Birthday Sale

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Producer info

  • Producer: 2Dboy
  • Products: video games
  • Business model: traditional pay per copy
  • License model: proprietary/closed?
  • Community: forum, very active, no data available

Data set info


Ref. 1

Number of people who bought the game 57,076
Average price paid $2.03
Revenue data see File:World of Goo Pay-What-You-Want Birthday Sale.ods

Also, the data in reference 1 includes interesting results regarding a customer survey conducted during the event. See also reference 3.

Ref. 2

Total birthday copies 83,250
The average donation increase after publicizing that the most common price was $0.01 and raising awareness to the fact that we don't see any money for purchases of $0.30 aund under. World of Goo Daily Average.png

There is also interesting data reagarding average donation by country and by platform.

Ref. 3

Reasons why people chose their prices vs prices. World of Goo reasons vs chosen prices.png


Revenue curve (from ref. 1)

World of Goo Pay-What-You-Want Birthday Sale Revenue Curve.png

The multiple leveling of the curve are artifacts caused by the regrouping of prices paid into few ranges ($5 to $9.99, $10 to $14.99 and so on).

FPCF (from ref. 2)

It's not clear whether "number of people who bought the game" represents the total number of downloads (including people who paid nothing i.e. less than $0,02), or the number of people who chose to pay something among a larger number of unpaid downloads.

If 57,076 is the total number of downloads, that would means FPCF is around 70%, which is surprisingly high. If this is the case, we must get the producer's secret recipe.

Average donation increase (from ref. 2)

This is a pretty good demonstration that information can significantly affect revenu curves. It would be very informative to get complete data for both period and compare the effects on the curve characteristics.

Novelty factor

According to the survey, a significant portion of customers chose their price because they wanted to reward 2D Boy for using this business model. According to ref.3, this correspond to a novelty factor that could be boosting 2D Boy’s revenues by up to a third and, if this model becomes the norm, it’ll no longer be a novelty, and those customers will start paying what they feel is affordable. It can also be interpreted simply as an indication that a significant portion of people supports the free payment business model and are willing to contribute.