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The Economist ~ Why eRepublik is the way it is

Day 1,902, 03:14 Published in Poland United Kingdom by Spite313

Dear friends,

We all know there are problems with eRepublik now, but the thing that none of us really grasp is that Plato, and the rest of the admins, all know that too. They are painfully aware that what people want is a better economic and political module, and that PvP and other military module upgrades, whilst interesting, are definitely a secondary thing for most players at the minute.

The problem is gold. Obviously the eRepublik team relies mainly on gold buyers as their source of income, and they need that people to keep buying if they’re to keep running. I saw an interesting cartoon recently in another paper which depicts Plato as an oil guzzling oligarch whose only concern is consuming more and more income. But financially that doesn’t make any sense.

Everyone who has ever managed a company knows that the goal is to keep your bottom line as tight as possible during the first few years. Yes you want to make an operating profit and build up a war chest for emergencies, but mostly you reinvest any money you make into expanding your market base and making your product better. Obviously the admins have seen a big increase in income over the past few years, and with many players quitting (the active playerbase today is 25% of what it was in V1 at best) the demand on their servers must be less too.

Yet the game hasn’t improved. The changes we have seen are mostly cosmetic, mostly just changes which either simplify the coding (moving from flash to html with the map) or change the interface (like with the war module). Sure changes like divisions in battle were revolutionary, but it required no investment from the admin, other than the coding time and any loss of income from the downtime when it was getting inserted into the game.

So what have the admins been spending money on?

My theory is that they’ve been spending it on their debts. We all know the game was founded way back in 2007 my Lemnaru and Bonte, who both put their own money, plus investments from a few small companies and their families money into the company to get it started. You can actually find the full investment list for the game online, from the first few rounds from small investers, to the massive 2 million euro investment by IDInvest, formerly known as AGF Private Equity. The investment came shortly before the launch of V2, and you can see the company representative here talking about the new features expected to launch ingame before the end of the year.

For those of you who don’t know, V2 was a beta version of eRepublik which completely changed the game. New “skills”, new battle map, new company working ability. It was basically a totally different game. To most of us it was very exciting, but it was pushed through with minimal testing and the bugs totally put off the community and as a result it was a massive flop, and most of the features were stripped out, leaving us with V1 once again.

Shortly after this massive failure, both Bonte and Lemnaru left the eRepublik team, along with some of the developers of the original game. The eRepublik labs made an announcement that there had been a “PTO” in their headquarters and the team was now more than 50% eRepublik players. Somehow this was supposed to be a comfort to us. The game had passed from the hands of experienced web developers and investors to amateurs who were recruited as “community officers” from the game playerbase.

If you view the web portfolio for IDInvest, you’ll see a fairly common trend. All their companies have either pay2win, pay2play or pay wall schemes. It’s obvious that they invested in eRepublik based on the V2 business plan, and were expecting the game to explode in membership, and make a lot of money for them. As a board member, they and the other owners are expecting a return on their investment. It isn’t the admins who decide the future of the game, it’s people like this guy who really have no personal investment in the company at all.

So basically the admin team are a mixture of ex-players like Plato whose job is to keep us reasonably placated, and developers whose sole job is to devote 100% of their time to making money. The development team pretty much have to justify every moment they spend coding to a board of directors who only see the bottom line. The original game founders took their money and left. Basically, eRepublik is in administration. They’re recouping their investment, then it’ll be straight into the bin.

What’s frustrating about this is that the economy and political modules are what makes eRepublik a unique product. Without them we’re a poorly coded version of “fling the monkey”. You just mash fight with all your friends until you win, then you lose again the next day and have to start again. It’s the other modules which give it flavour, community, outside interest- especially to new players. Unfortunately the game’s owners, the board of eRepublik, seem to only be interested in milking the existing “whales” (read, big spenders who somehow haven’t come to the same conclusion as me yet) dry.

So yeh, what we’re relying on now is either the admins convincing the board that investment in those modules will increase the game income by attracting new buyers, or a new angel investor swooping in to buy the game and put right the balance (come on Romper, you know you want to). Without these options, prepare yourself for “update” after “update” slowly smoothing the path from your wallet to the game owners insatiable maws.

Iain Keers

Ps. As this may be deleted, I encourage you to Publish this article in your own paper. All my articles are open source and freely distributable. Just don’t post the link in the comments please, that would be silly. Feel free to PM it to me ingame if you want me to shout it.


Faceless Man
Faceless Man Day 1,902, 03:16


jedimindtrick Day 1,902, 03:16

first! \o/


jedimindtrick Day 1,902, 03:16

: >

GregoryG Day 1,902, 03:16

I am monitoring further developments on this issue.

Faceless Man
Faceless Man Day 1,902, 03:16

'' Cogratulations Faceless Man you were the first to comment. ''

- Said No one ever.

Alorkokombi Day 1,902, 03:17


Derfo Day 1,902, 03:22


That's why I keep saying that the new gold buying module will be the next great thing in erep for the next year.
All the rest will be unchanged.


MR. HANK SCORPIO Day 1,902, 03:23

Wonder how much the company is worth to the directors.

TheJakal Day 1,902, 03:24

well put

Asid250 Day 1,902, 03:25

Yeah, first comment on economist is really worth congratulating.

Topher Fair
Topher Fair Day 1,902, 03:29

So quit the game Iain. You obviously don't enjoy it but some of us still do, so please let us. Like your emo IRC name "Spite", you seem to want to bring us all down with you.

Are you really such a weak person that you can't leave without everyone else leaving with you for comfort.

Spite313 Day 1,902, 03:32

Get real Goku, I'm sure if you disagreed with your government you wouldn't move out the country, or if someone served you shit in a restaurant you wouldn't just walk out the door.

I also find it deeply ironic that you call me weak, considering you "burned out" as MoLA in under two months, one of the least demanding jobs in the game. Go see your therapist, he can comfort you on all your failures.

shadowukcs Day 1,902, 03:35


fagyan Day 1,902, 03:44

Goku you know that kids under age 13 cant play this game right ?

sir Vindija
sir Vindija Day 1,902, 03:48


M. de Ruyter
M. de Ruyter Day 1,902, 03:55


Cotarius Day 1,902, 04:01

Great article Ian.

Invalidation Day 1,902, 04:02


BrknSword Day 1,902, 04:06


Topher Fair
Topher Fair Day 1,902, 04:14

Iain I made it demanding and did a good job. Then I gave into you and your friends demands, got flamed constantly and realised that actually I didn't want to spend my time helping people who flamed me for trying to do the right thing. Nice job and twisting everything to suit you.

You are weak Iain, you don't like the game so quit. Let people who like the game play it and stop hogging positions and time yourself.

GregoryG Day 1,902, 04:21

@Goku I personally and my group gets flamed continiously in Hungary however good job we do. Our strenght is that we don't stop anyway. We carry on with little or no recognition whatsoever. You however gave up and went back to your political games and personal pursuits. This is why you are weak.

Spite313 Day 1,902, 04:31

Goku, if you don't like my articles, don't comment on them. Two can play that game. You can leave it to the 4600 people who do.

kojoti2 Day 1,902, 04:37


Mr. Scrat
Mr. Scrat Day 1,902, 04:50

~Seems logical!
Good article \o/

Moreno1994 Day 1,902, 04:54

Great! Support from Spain!

Misho Day 1,902, 04:56

Perhaps the most stupid questions of them all but what the heck: What is wrong with the economy module?

- There is no bugs
- It is stable
- No huge changes from day to day in market which also make it kind of..
- ..predictable

So what changes in the economy module are we asking for here?

The 'only' problem I can see is that 'all active' players end up in countries with 10/10 and then sit there. But it that the fault of the economy module or the citizenship module or the war module?

cc1432 Day 1,911, 10:37

We produce ten folds what we can consume. You are stuck with 2 products 1 of which (food) has indeed no value. And yes i am using the new feature introduced in 1911 to spam u all )

Ivan Terible
Ivan Terible Day 1,902, 04:56

good view why admins wont fix erep

Spygon Day 1,902, 05:15

Interesting article as always Iain voted and i hope they don't throw erep in the bin.

I love the way Goku accuses people of trolling so much but i have never seen someone to tell people to quit the game so often

Ash J. Williams
Ash J. Williams Day 1,902, 05:25

Loved this article Ian.

Danie Fox
Danie Fox Day 1,902, 05:27

" I'm sure if you disagreed with your government you wouldn't move out the country"

Ummm... didn't he go into exile and piss off Japan because nobody liked him in the UK?

SrogiLusnia Day 1,902, 05:27

Good article ergo, good job

xenophob Day 1,902, 06:35

- Plato why?
- For money!

dzieniszewski Day 1,902, 06:43

I miss beta and V1 so much.

Btw, "come on Romper, you know you want to" - I love it!

Jorma Ollila
Jorma Ollila Day 1,902, 07:02

Misho: Maybe this economy module is too simple. Later we had economy module with more dimensions and therefore more opportunities. This economy module keeps it too simple and limits your ways to make business

Jorma Ollila
Jorma Ollila Day 1,902, 07:03

Atleast it works, but it would be much better

Spygon Day 1,902, 07:21

Misho the economy doesn't work that's the whole point markets are slowly crashing all over the eGlobe

Even in the countries with 10/10 the markets are collapsing it is just taking a bit longer.

Stileth Day 1,902, 07:54


Kulczynski Day 1,902, 08:09


Ando Calrissian
Ando Calrissian Day 1,902, 09:00

>>> or if someone served you shit in a restaurant you wouldn't just walk out the door.

TIL that Keers has extremely low standards when it comes to restaurants.

Anyway. great article as always. 10/10

Niemand Day 1,902, 09:59


Nice co comments too (except from someone who thinks he is a sage, but who cares).

GregoryG Day 1,902, 10:05

Sage, definition according to urbandictionary:

Word entered to the email field of a *chan (iichan, 4chan, 2chan, etc) message board so that the post is not bumped. It is Japanese for 'to lower.' It is the opposite of 'age' (ah-gay), which means to raise.

Plugson Day 1,902, 10:08

Insightful article ~ thanks for the read.

Spite313 Day 1,902, 10:32

I wouldn't walk out Ando, I'd ask for an explanation and my money back

Plainswalker Day 1,902, 11:44

Actually the main drive is real life hatred and that's who still plays and spends massive amounts of money.

hazem95 Day 1,902, 11:45


Nourredine Auckland
Nourredine Auckland Day 1,902, 11:51

Perm ban in 3, 2, 1...

Fhaemita The Apostate
Fhaemita The Apostate Day 1,902, 11:56


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Helios IYI Day 1,902, 12:11


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