Is OGame on the decline?
There is an interesting paragraph at Wikipedia about OGame.
Ogame is infamous for a having a large learning curve that new players face when starting the game. Since Ogame is, unlike most other popular online games, running continuously and actively encourages players to attack each other, it can take awhile for new players to get used to the system.
Also after a player’s fleet is destroyed, weeks, if not months, of work can be destroyed in an instant leaving many players frustrated and forced to start to construct ships almost from scratch, others get fustrated to the point that they start new and join another universe, if not quit OGame altogether.
As of late most universes in the English language server have been facing a problem of a declining base. While the exact reasons behind this are the subject of some debate, it is true that more and more older players are leaving while fewer newer players are joining, leaving these universes with fewer players than is ideal. Currently the older servers range from 3500 to 4000 and falling, while new universes range from 8000 to 14000 players (the maximum). While 5000 to 7000 players is generally considered ideal.
- What is your thoughts on this?
- Are the older players leaving, and less and less new players signing up?
- Is OGame slowly dying?
- Is this a natural course of events, or can something be done about it?
UPDATE: There is more on this here