Here are some insights:
DREAM had the servers hosted on a dedicated server (not VPS, not shared with other users). That is the reason that the gameserver costs were around 100€.
The provider used was OVH, a big and trusted hosting company. Reason for that was the reliability of their services and the excellent DDoS protection. But that was massivly overpaid for a small community like Dream.
I don't know where the 270€ from Flamex is coming from, that is just complete bullshit. You can get a good enough vServer for 20-40€ per month and that should be good enough.
I agree though, the Knife server was the best server in Europe and I put a lot of effort into trying to fix all the bugs + decompiling and editing every single map which could be improved. I am not sure if opening the server is enough to make profit though.
The only way to make Dream profitable is either to make it Pay2Win (still a bad idea imo) or to abuse the fuck out of cosmetics and status levels. This is something we never did due to Sky wanting all to be free.
Take a look at other servers, they have different Tiers which get different cosmetics and benefits. An example could look like this:
- Tier 1 (2€ monthly donation or 10€ for 6 months):
- colored trails
- some player skins
- some hats
- some chat tags
- Tier 2 (5€ monthly donation or 25€ for 6 months):
- access to !ws and !knife
- more player skins
- more hats
- more chat tags
- ability to change chat color
- some pets
- Tier 3 (10€ monthly donation or 50€ for 6 months):
- legendary player skins
- legendary pets
- kill sounds
- VIP voice annoucement when joining the server
- VIP chat tag etc.
The donation system needs to expire sadly, otherwise the server just runs out of people who donate. Just like all games with microtransactions, Dream needs whales who constantly donate and put money in to feel better than others. Additionally, Dream could abuse FOMO (fear of missing out) and offer special items only for a certain amount of time. Like, if you donate between October 10-31, you get an exclusive Halloween hat / player skin which you will not be able to get otherwise to pressure people into donating.
DREAM was a bit too nice and player friendly, which meant that we only could rely on sponsors financing the servers (which, like I said earlier, were overpriced).
wahrscheinlich 270€ pro Jahr was immer noch zu viel ist wenn keiner Zockt.