Hello, remaining 7 players of Duelyst, I’ve come with a proposition.
With this game being officially being dead in the water, it is fair to assume that it doesn’t generate a whole lot of revenue for Namco anymore. This lead me to a rather unusual conclusion: The whole IP must be almost worthless.
While that sounds extremely bleak it, offers a way forward: The community could probably purchase it with a little help from the remaining fans. I would be very surprised if we’d even be looking at 6-figure numbers here.
Personally I am a software engineer, and as such I’d be thrilled to host my own duelyst server, perhaps with a community-made expansion. I had too much fun with this game to see it die alone in a dark corner of the internet. This deserves a retirement as community driven open-source project just like many beloved classics have become.
However, I am not a business guy. I have no idea where to start, who to talk to, or what steps to take in order to even start negotiating a price on something as intangible as a video game IP. Neither do I have any idea about the legal steps involved in doing so. And least of all do I have any clue if Namco/CPG would even be interested in letting the IP go.
So, dear community, what do you think? Would you be on board to support this venture?
Maybe, just maybe, if we ask loudly enough, Namco/CPG will tell us a price and we can crowdfund this wonderful game back into life? Let me know your thoughts.
Also please let me know if you’ve got any skills that you’d like to contribute in case of success. We’re going to need a lawyer lol.