Makoto_the_Phoenix Posted April 24, 2009 Share Posted April 24, 2009 I don't think there's going to be a definitive "running 1 F2P server costs exactly £*** with £*** net profit" from Jagex. What's been posted here is about as much as is known. This is an impasse, and in truth, it doesn't tell us squat about a single server, or its particular bandwidth limits. Consider also that much of the work done in rendering the game is done client-side anyway, so the footprint of the actual server "image" could [in theory] be small enough to run more than one server, or more than one type (freeplay or member). 43% of the average active players are FTP. 32293972 - 9729180 - 14497311 = 8,067,081 pounds for all server\bandwidth\hosting\etc. costs not mentioned above, with 43% directed to FTP for a total of 3,468,844 pounds plus wages for FTP maintenance and updates. So FTP loses around 1.3m pounds per year plus salary costs, and that doesn't include the number of members who click on the front page instead of in game ads. You know, the cost for buying bandwidth in the US is different than buying it in Australia, or the Netherlands. Your math is almost correct Compfreak, but consider we still don't know BW rental nor hardware rental. Since we can assume, and take 43% of $8,067,081, that'd give us $3,468,844.83. Divide this by the number of F2P servers available (a strong estimate would be 85), and you get about $40,809.94 per server. That seems just a little high, with the average rental cost per physical server deal being $3,400.82. That being said, it's still perfectly reasonable to assume that one physical server could host any number of virtual "worlds". It'd be stupid simple to figure out how much each individual server (specifically F2P) cost to run, if we had an average of equipment rental and bandwidth rental. I'm just not convinced with the servers costing upwards of $3400 yet. It's realistic, but I'm not thoroughly convinced yet. Linux User/Enthusiast | Full-Stack Software Engineer | Stack Overflow Member | GIMP User...Alright, the Elf City update lured me back to RS over a year ago. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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