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Essay contest! How would you save the MMO? Tell us for up to $30!
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Essay contest! How would you save the MMO? Tell us for up to $30!

MMOs and MMORPGs are in a rough spot as a genre. A number of anticipated indie Kickstarters are either going nowhere or failed on launch, and it's been years since the most recent triple-A projects - New World and Lost Ark's western release - both of which have fallen off despite attracting a fair few players at launch.

What's to be done? Why did those players walk away? Has the market changed since the last MMOs that 'stuck' and if so, how would you design an MMO for today?

It's time to play armchair designer and save a genre. Think about the questions above as you analyse the MMO market in 2024 and pitch a game that would work today. Tell us about the setting if you like, but what we really want to know is what would an MMO need to do differently in terms of its structure and content to attract and retain a healthy playerbase?

This is a 1st/2nd/3rd essay contest; we're looking for lengthy written or video submissions. 1st place gets $30, 2nd gets $20, and third gets $10.


Task: Assess the MMO genre in 2024 and pitch a new game that would succeed in it

Format: Written (at least 200 words) or video (at least 2 minutes)

How to submit a written entry:

  1. Hit the 'submit to this bounty' button just below this description - do not use the reply button unless you just want to comment on the thread, as replies will not be counted as entries!

  2. Add a written response and feel free to include images.

How to submit a video entry:

  1. Create your video and post it to your connected TikTok, YouTube or Instagram account.

  2. In your post description, please tag us! We're @JustAbout__ on YouTube, @justaboutcommunity on Instagram, and @justaboutcommunity on TikTok. We'd also love it if you included #JustAbout.

  3. Hit the 'submit to this bounty' button just below this description - do not use the reply button unless you just want to comment on the thread, as replies will not be counted as entries!

  4. Share a link to your post in the box that appears, then expand it so we can view the video on Just About.

Once the deadline closes, we’ll pick three submissions, award $30 to first place, $20 to second, and $10 to third, and may share them as curated content.

Disclaimer: Geographical and age restrictions apply. Please see our Terms of Use for more information on how bounties are created and rewarded on Just About. One reward available per member.

  1. Take care not to breach copyright. Check our copyright policy before submitting.

  2. Remember to link your social accounts before submitting multimedia assets!

  3. Considering using AI to help? Think twice and first see our approach to AI content on Just About.

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