D&D 5E Prediction: Hasbro Will Acquire Foundry Virtual Tabletop for $24M

IvyDragons

Explorer
Deliberate Misinformation
D&D owner WOTC and Foundry VTT will announce that the online virtual tabletop platform will be aquired by WOTC.

Foundry offers one-time purchase software for GMs where players can connect for free.
Relentlessly innovate using powerful and modern web technologies.
Empower community developers with a best-in-class API and modding tools.
You own your own content; no dependency on external services and no feature gating.
Provide a powerful system agnostic framework that can be extended for homebrew.
Incorporate direct integrations to other helpful game-mastering tools.

You heard it here first.

RIP Roll20, maybe you should have been nicer.
 

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Well if true that answers that question! I thought Foundry was too complex/unfriendly for them too do this with, but I guess I can only be Nostradamus rather than Nostradumbass once a day.
 






South by Southwest

Incorrigible Daydreamer
EDIT: I have to agree with the skeptics at this point; I can't find anything anywhere to substantiate this prediction. Links or it's just a wish-fulfillment.
 
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Retreater

Legend
If anything, Wizards would go with Roll20 over their competitors. It has a larger install-base, a huge percentage of 5e players, and ease of use.
I predict Gleemax will come back in a big way. ;)
 

JThursby

Adventurer
If anything, Wizards would go with Roll20 over their competitors. It has a larger install-base, a huge percentage of 5e players, and ease of use.
I predict Gleemax will come back in a big way. ;)
No way. Either Wizards partners with VTTs or makes their own. Buying a company that has obligations to other tabletop companies is more trouble than it's worth. They either do their best to not act anti-competitive and still get accused of preferential treatment of their own products, or actually try to muscle out the other systems on that platform which will lead to gross customer dissatisfaction at best. There's no scenario in which buying a VTT that has active partnerships elsewhere gives Wizards less headaches than profits.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
The problem with outright purchasing any current VTT solution is that every one of them also supports people not playing D&D. WotC is not going to want to have to support other games, nor are they going to want to kick people off a current platform, because that would look really bad.
 

South by Southwest

Incorrigible Daydreamer
The problem with outright purchasing any current VTT solution is that every one of them also supports people not playing D&D. WotC is not going to want to have to support other games, nor are they going to want to kick people off a current platform, because that would look really bad.
Why would they not want to allow support for other games? I doubt those games eat into their profits in any serious way, do they?
 


mrswing

Explorer
The problem with outright purchasing any current VTT solution is that every one of them also supports people not playing D&D. WotC is not going to want to have to support other games, nor are they going to want to kick people off a current platform, because that would look really bad.
Not so - Shard is specifically intended to play 5e and nothing else - and is hampered by only being able to use the SRD. If Wizards bought them, they'd have a VTT tailor made for their game.
 

mrswing

Explorer
The problem with outright purchasing any current VTT solution is that every one of them also supports people not playing D&D. WotC is not going to want to have to support other games, nor are they going to want to kick people off a current platform, because that would look really bad.
Sorry - double post.
 

South by Southwest

Incorrigible Daydreamer
Reverse the question - why would they want to commit funds to supporting those other games? Beyond generating good will?
Isn't there space in between those two possibilities?: they don't especially want to, but they also don't especially mind it (because they judge it relatively harmless and they decide they do want an existing, thriving VTT instead of building their own), so they reconcile themselves to it. No?
 


Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
Supporter
Roll20 has 8 million users... So they'd be getting a large userbase with it.

Foundry has... less. But is more visually interesting.

Both support not-D&D Games.

Shard is more likely than either, even with 3pp.

But infinitely more likely is WotC building their own stuff or just tapping Joe Mangianello's work once it's done to get the "Official" stamp.
 

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