Wargaming CEO unhappy with Xbox Live Gold requirement for World of Tanks

Victor Kislyi "not happy about" Xbox Live Gold subscription fee for tank-combat game.

When World of Tanks launches for Xbox 360 this summer, players must carry an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play the game. This means the tank-combat game it is not a fully free-to-play experience like the PC version, which boasts 60 million members.

This point bothers Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi, though he explained to GamesIndustry International that he understands Microsoft cannot make an exception in their case.

"With Microsoft, unfortunately it's not 100 percent free-to-play because it requires the Gold subscription to Xbox Live membership," Kislyi said. "But that's a Microsoft requirement which is valid for us and for Activision and for EA and all other partners."

"They cannot drop it for us because they would have to drop it for everyone and it would be a total mess for them. This we have to tolerate, which I am not happy about," he added. "I would rather add another 30-40 million non-golden members and they will monetise occasionally."

Xbox Live currently boasts 48 million Gold subscribers. Interested gamers can sign up for the World of Tanks Xbox 360 beta today.

Free-to-play Xbox Live game Happy Wars also requires an Xbox Live Gold subscription. The game launched last October and had 2 million players in March.

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pakhair
pakhair

Free to Play games shouldn't require Gold, Nuff Said.


Luckily on PS4 they won't. I am a Gold user and on Xbox so it doesn't concerns me but for other gamers it makes me sad

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

we dont need it anyway , we have forza

spindie
spindie

It funny how they charge you to use internet on consoles and still require you as the player to host the call of duty server for the 16 other players.. Home connections are not meant to act as server mainframes

Revl8n
Revl8n

Poor Victor. Apparently he did not read the fine print on his M$ contract. And he worked Very Hard.

SlayerX13
SlayerX13

WoT is pay 2 win.  The best ammo can only be purchased with real money.  Kind of lame.  Hope they change it for the 360.


MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

What did they expect? You need Gold to use Netflix on the 360. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

So the PC version has 60 million members? Impressive. Lol, that's more than LoL, if I'm not mistaken.

deadruler08
deadruler08

PS4 will require a PS+ sub for online gaming.  What's the difference?  Oh that's right.. Kaz circle jerk

dunkanlord
dunkanlord

hehe match making works wery well:D? that is worst think in game what need huge work on it

Geogyf
Geogyf

Easy Solution!

Add benefits for the |Xbox live members.  problem solved


This has been done before!

League of Legends Korean PC Bangs policy (Korean internet cafe)

For those who dont know, LOL gave 20% discount for those people, all champions are free, etc.

AlexFili
AlexFili

Amazing how Nintendo can offer the same online services but not charge users a penny

telaros
telaros

Oh Victor~

You must be new here.
Xbox never let you game online without a Gold Sub. Even if the game itself CAME with a subscription fee and its own servers! lol

More like BOUT FREAKING TIME SOMEONE GAVE ENOUGH DAMNS TO CALL MS OUT ON THEIR BS!

offspring94
offspring94

YES FINALLY SOMEONE WITH SOME MUSCLE COMPLAINING ABOUT SUBSCRIPTION FEES FOR MULTIPLAYER!!!!  If you've already payed for the console and an internet connection, you shouldn't have to pay for this nonsense, too.

Sorciere_basic
Sorciere_basic

lawl, paying for F2P games should win you a gold medal in the Special Olympics. 

Needles-Kane
Needles-Kane

Get used to it, both next gen consoles are requiring paid subscription to play online.

arqe
arqe

Brains anyone ? You paying for internet to play World of Tanks on PC. That means game is F2P or not ? Same thing.

You are not paying for the game. You are paying for the service on Xbox that you connects you to servers / other players. And for PSN its humiliating for other games / companies. You pay 60$ for a game and paying extra for multiplayer monthly. Only Multiplayer Games so that basicly makes every single game that you BUY requires Subscription Plan to play. Basic striptease show. You can watch but you cant touch.

steelmouth
steelmouth

Dude you knew this from day one and like you say MS cant make an exception for you so really what you on about, how may we help you, should we send you directions to PSN

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

If he wants to complain about XBL Gold being a requirement, then why didn't he just put it on the PS3? o_O

kackarat24
kackarat24

Free to Play has no business on a console. FTP pisses me the fuck off. End up spending more than the freakin game is worth.

aloufika
aloufika

I cancelled my xboxlive gold after the xbox1 reveal 

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

You shouldn't have to use live gold for stuff you're already paying for like netflix, hulu, etc. etc. Games like World of Tanks shouldn't require Gold either.

Caldrin
Caldrin

@mulletmadness29 in general i would agree but WOT is awesome fun and well worth playing.. well the pc version anyway.

Geogyf
Geogyf

@telaros since you cant stop microsoft money drain, the companies should offer benefits to compensate

ex. Xbox live members gain some tokens every month.


Hurvl
Hurvl

@offspring94 But if you *can* make them pay, that's all the better for the company. 48 million people paying a subscription is something many companies could not even dream of in their most greedy dreams. If so many people "wants" to pay for multiplayer, then why should Microsoft kill that cash cow?

Gaming on PC, like I do, there is usually free multiplayer. I don't take advantage of that though :P, I only like singleplayer.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Sorciere_basic Oh yeah, and why not try your luck at winning at other prestigious titles, like most microtransactions in a 60 dollar game or highest amount of overpriced DLC. One thing doesn't need to exclude the other.

JCASHUFL
JCASHUFL

@Needles-Kane Sony won't charge for some things to go online though, including F2P and Netflix-type stuff. 

JCASHUFL
JCASHUFL

Oh, so when you pay for XBL Gold Micro$oft picks up the tab for your internet?  You don't need anything besides an internetz connection to play it on PC.  On Xbox, you need the internetz AND their garbage monthly fee to play it.  

Bowser05
Bowser05

@kackarat24 So spending 0 is more than the game is worth? I'm not sure about that, because I've played quite a few f2p games that I loved that I never paid a dime for...

abumosa
abumosa

@bunchanumbers Neither should you pay for the online portion of the game you already paid money for!

evcrb100
evcrb100

@JCASHUFL @Needles-Kane 

He only meant gaming. Online gaming on a console is not FREE unlike on a PC. You don't need an xbox live gold membership to use netflix either or to go online.

arqe
arqe

@JCASHUFL What im saying is to unlock features that uses internet you have to buy LiveGold on Xbox. But on PSN you can use internet using features free but when it comes to "GAMING" which the machine made for only gaming says the fanboys , you have to pay. Dont care about garbage F2P games goes to console like i never cared about them on the PC.

arqe
arqe

@JCASHUFL I play only exclusives on console and everyone know PC is the master. Your point exactly ?

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

@bunchanumbers You are probably right. If MS paid for exclusivity, then he needs to not whine about it. He chose this route. In the epic words of Adam Orth, deal with it lol

abumosa
abumosa

@bunchanumbers

@xhawk27

 @abumosa

 I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to say. Are you saying IT IS okay to charge for online multiplayer part that you already paid for when you bought the game? because Sony isn't going to charge for netflix, F2P (up to devs to have it behind the paywall or not), hulu..etc?