MarketPlace in Microsoft Flight

Our friends of simFlight Benelux enlightened a (German) poll about the Microsoft intentions to integrate a MarketPlace in the next MS Fligfht. This means all Flight add-ons would be found directly in-game but hosted/marketed by Microsoft themselves as well, raising simmers and expansions developers / publishers interrogations.

Only 110 visitors have voted at the time I’m writing, so use google translator if necessary, but please add your vote on the Flight! – German – magazine website. Their magazin issues are for sale here.

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Simon Evans
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 18:00

What I think we are seeing here is the first incarnation of the exploitation of Microsofts belief that they can out-market and outwit those who strive to take a profit – whether modest or exploitative – from the marketplace. While I don’t doubt the figures that Ian quotes, it is also a simple fact that the tiny percentage who comprise the `Serious Simmer` base cumulatively probably spend more than the rest of the casual purchasers put togethr, no matter the 4-1 manpower advantage of `casuals`. MS clearly believe they can manipulate that spend toward their own coffers… This is so… Read more »

Sunday, August 7, 2011 17:44

There’s been a statistic bandied around for years (since about FS98, I think) that less than twenty percent of people who buy a copy of MSFS ever buy an add-on for it. How accurate that is, I don’t know, but given that MS wouldn’t keep making it if the sim only sold as many as people buy add-ons, it rings very true indeed. From that perspective, Microsoft’s decision makes sense. Most users of the serious most certainly are not “serious simmers”. That’s why the CLS and similar jets sell more units than the “serious” sims and why so few users… Read more »

Sunday, August 7, 2011 09:07

Brilliant excerpts from your thread Ian: (Answer from Microsoft): “The basic idea is to make the entire user base more aware of all the third party applications as only a small percentage of the total user base are currently aware of all these add-ons”… Seriously? What a lame excuse! Would any serious simmer willingly be kept in the dark about new developments and avoid reading this site among others to be kept informed about his hobby? Or would they not be smart enough to find information when needed? So to summarise: Developers will be controlled by Microsoft (since they will… Read more »

John Malkovich
Saturday, August 6, 2011 23:20

@jean-claude, actually no one in the industry that i have spoken too is happy about this move by MS. as you say no one wants to loose every single customer to MS, as this will be the inevitable consequence. it will kill not only diversity and support channels, but also freeware, MS will claim that they will support freeware but i could see that the hurdles to place freeware in this marketplace will make things quite difficult for free time developers and simply take their motivation to do so. it remains to be seen if MS will hermetically close off… Read more »

Saturday, August 6, 2011 23:05

You can read my thoughts on it at a thread on the forums here: Personally, I can see why Microsoft are doing it, it will do superbly for the large, high-turnover developers who are prepared for the inevitable grossly increased support problems it brings and it will kill off huge amounts of support for the hobby in other ways. Personally, I suspect that if you ran a poll, the majority of users and the developers who think they will get rich through it will think it’s an excellent idea… after all, everyone who develops for the iToys has become… Read more »