Regarding the summary of financials and company strategy, here's what Google Translate has to say about GOG.com:
Summary of 2013
• 80% increase in user base annum on the amount of built up over more than four years.
• Start a project addressed to developers india, olegającego on marketing and financial support for promising independent game developers. By the end of 2013, the program reported more than 700 projects. The first projects have already been completed and published on the platform GOG.com.
• GOG.com one of the 50 best websites of the world by the prestigious magazine "TIME".
• For the second year in a row the company has paid for the CD PROJECT SA dividend - in 2013, the equivalent of 1.5 million.
• The development of innovative technology, which is slated for release in 2014.
Plans for 2014 (Part 1)
• The introduction of local currencies. At the moment we can confirm: EUR, GBP, AUD, RUB, but do not rule out further exchange later this year.
• Introduction of local payment methods, resulting from the specificity of each country: PayPal (Germany and France), Sofort (Germany), Ideal (Netherlands), MoneyBookers (the whole world), Qiwi (Russia), Webmoney (Russia), Yandex (Russia).
• Start support for a third operating system - Linux, along with a wide range of games running on the system.
• Completion of one of the R & D projects - the announcement and implementation of new technology.
Expected effects of the implementation of new technology
• Expanding the catalog of the latest games available in the current business model GOG.com.
• Attracting new customers, for whom the current model of GOG.com is not attractive enough.
• Increased satisfaction of existing users due to additional functionality and greater choice of titles.
The plans laid out are only part 1 and will be revealed during E3 in mid June. Hmm, what's in part 2 and when will that be revealed?
I'm really curious to see what this innovative
technology that will lead to the expansion of the catalogue is - combined with the second bullet-point, it seems to point to a more advanced downloader/ client that will handle updating/ patching in a more automated and reliable way. But that still doesn't reveal anything about the innovation part.
But right now I'm looking at the Jan 27 post. Extension of portfolio and technological change, changing business model, and work on it started as of last year? You mean that's how long they've been sitting on that mess they thankfully half-backed out of now? *growls*
What's with the growling? Of course they started thinking and planning it since last year as this sort of changes take time. Or did you seriously think that the regional pricing plans where made and introduced overnight?