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Palworld Faces Skyrocketing Server Fees; CEO Jokes About Potential Bankruptcy

Palworld's Enduring Success Over 100,000 Concurrent Players Two Months After Launch

Palworld grapples with escalating server fees as its CEO lightens the mood with a jest about potential bankruptcy

Palworld’s unprecedented success and soaring player count lead to substantial monthly server fees, prompting a lighthearted comment from Pocketpair CEO about the potential financial strain.

Palworld, the immensely popular game, is not just a hit among players but is also proving to be a substantial financial investment for its developer, Pocketpair. The CEO, Takuro Mizobe, recently shared a tweet displaying the escalating monthly costs of server maintenance, jokingly suggesting that the fees could potentially bankrupt the studio.

The image posted by Mizobe indicates a sharp increase in server maintenance costs, with Google Translate providing the caption: “Wait, maybe they’ll go bankrupt due to server fees?” In response, Palworld’s lead network engineer, Chujo Hiroto, explained in English that the directive to ensure uninterrupted service had led to the deployment of servers without cost constraints. The disclosed figure for this month’s server maintenance costs is a staggering $478,000.

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If this amount represents the monthly server maintenance cost, it would equate to nearly $6 million USD annually. While the figure may fluctuate based on player activity, it underscores the substantial financial commitment required to support Palworld’s massive player base.

Palworld has achieved remarkable success, surpassing Cyberpunk 2077, Hogwarts Legacy, and Elden Ring to become the biggest Steam launch in history. Additionally, its Xbox launch contributed to reaching 19 million players in just two weeks, making it the biggest third-party Xbox Game Pass launch ever.

Despite the financial strain, Pocketpair remains committed to providing a stable and enjoyable experience for players. Microsoft has also pledged support, intending to assist Pocketpair in implementing dedicated servers for the Xbox version of Palworld. The game’s servers have been a critical aspect of its success, ensuring stability even during the unexpected surge in player numbers at launch.