According to NHN Korea, the peak CCU (co-current users) of the newly released P2P MMO, TERA, is around 180,000. With this number, the projected earnings from this mega title is estimated to rake in more than USD 80mil of sales for the year of 2011. NHN released its latest financial reports yesterday, and the CEO stated that on weekdays, the game’s CCU is around 160,000, while it hits around 170,000 during weekends. It was also announced a major update will happen in April, around 90 days after the game goes commercial. NHN also recently banned a total of 3331 accounts for using 3rd party programs, mostly bot programs in TERA. The company currently employs around 80 staff to monitor and patrol the game 24hours a day (on shift work I presume) to sniff out any offenders.
For the 4th quarter of 2010, NHN saw a decrease of 21.5% compared with the same period in 2009, and a decrease of 16.4% compared with Q3 2010. TERA is currently running in Korea with 37 live servers. On a personal note, 2011 will no doubt be a better year for NHN, with a slew of F2P MMOs (hopefully) being released. Most were showcased at G*Star 2010.