ResetEra Has Been Sold For $4.55m

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Seems around October 14 this happened.

M.O.B.A. Network acquires ResetEra.com - one of the world's largest gaming forums​

THU, OCT 14, 2021 07:00 CET
M.O.B.A. Network has today acquired ResetEra.com, one of the world's largest gaming forum and community brands, which has great growth potential. With the acquisition, M.O.B.A. Network's portfolio expands its reach globally with approximately 60 million page views per month.

ResetEra.com was founded in 2017 and has grown rapidly with a committed audience. Sales in the last twelve months (up to and including 31 August) amounted to approximately USD 700,000 with an EBITDA margin of approximately 80%. The purchase price amounts to USD 4.55 million and will be paid in cash in two tranches, where USD 3.55 million has been paid upon closing, and USD 1 million will be paid by 31 December 2021.

ResetEra.com's revenue is generated through ads and member subscriptions. M.O.B.A. Network sees significant opportunities to increase advertising revenue through a higher share of direct sales, implementation of new ad formats, and a long-term product development strategy. M.O.B.A. Network, therefore, estimates that ResetEra.com can grow sales significantly in 2022 while maintaining an EBITDA margin.

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Carlos X

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I think the site is overpriced and the new owners got scammed.

The site isn't that big. 50K members is big, but not $4.55 Million big. Most of the members are leftist elitist losers. They ban people over the smallest issues. Most of the market is SJW trash. They are going off this perceived "market" via backlinks on major outlets.

Most they're worth is at least $100k to $1m.

I offered to buy it around the time it was hot. But I learned that the community is trash. Its an offspring of NeoGAF, and THAT is worth 10x the $4.55m valuation.
 

Abizaga

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I think the site is overpriced and the new owners got scammed.

The site isn't that big. 50K members is big, but not $4.55 Million big. Most of the members are leftist elitist losers. They ban people over the smallest issues. Most of the market is SJW trash. They are going off this perceived "market" via backlinks on major outlets.

Most they're worth is at least $100k to $1m.

I offered to buy it around the time it was hot. But I learned that the community is trash. Its an offspring of NeoGAF, and THAT is worth 10x the $4.55m valuation.
I disagree. Remember, the site has a rank on Alexa of 4k. They get tons of views, which means a ton of potential ad revenue.
 

Ash

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That is a crazy amount of money but I guess it must be worth that amount in terms of revenue and visits.
 

scooter

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I disagree. Remember, the site has a rank on Alexa of 4k. They get tons of views, which means a ton of potential ad revenue.
I think that's the point. The content doesn't really enter into it; they are a strong platform for advertising. How they got that way is a matter of a different analysis.
 

Carlos X

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Only 4 years old? or that's what I just read wrong. That's an overkill price to buy a forum that isn't that big to other sites that I'm on :p

I never did know about the site that well anyway,
The age kinda matters, but I do agree it's overkill. I'll explain in a bit.
I disagree. Remember, the site has a rank on Alexa of 4k. They get tons of views, which means a ton of potential ad revenue.
Why do you like disagreeing with me? Are you doing it for lolz? They get "tons of views" but these "views" don't really translate into money. (Convert into money, I mean.)
That is a crazy amount of money but I guess it must be worth that amount in terms of revenue and visits.
Visits DO convert into revenue, but the problem is staying power.
I think that's the point. The content doesn't really enter into it; they are a strong platform for advertising. How they got that way is a matter of a different analysis.
No, that's not true. Yes, they get traffic, views, and revenue, but not by a lot. Not $4.55 Million "a lot."
Grossly undersold.
Now, the final reply. Undersold? Ha. Wait until you see what's going on.

Right now, ResetEra is receiving something called "fake controversy." Not to get too political, but this "fake controversy" is exactly what Trump got in his presidency over the course of the last 4 years from Democrats' SJW echochamber. ResetEra has this same exact market.

All that traffic, all those visits, may convert into revenue, but not nearly as much because of what I just said. If you do not believe me... Check these threads:

- ResetEra "New Owner" thread (Read this while you can, it may be removed. The news is causing drama because "Oh, mods ain't paid!")
- NeoGAF's thread

That ResetEra thread may break your brain, or make headaches. I just warned you, so there's that. My favorite post is the recap, and it reads:
Cerium is actually one of the greatest modern con artists we have ever seen.

  • Saw the slowly growing discontent that had been manifesting at GAF for years.
  • Orchestrated the EviLore incident to rile up the entire community which was "the last straw" for many.
  • Immediately has an entire, working forum ready to go to migrate as many GAF users as possible.
  • ResetERA was planned and in the works for days, if not weeks before the migration.
  • Already has THOUSANDS of accounts ready to instantly start his forum as well as mods to run it. The ad money commences...
  • Brand it as a new beginning with a less strict approach to moderation which was kept for a few months then slowly devolved over time to even stricter moderation and echo chambers.
  • Basically do nothing as your mod team runs the site and your stolen community provides all the content.
  • Make absolute bank (4.5 million fucking dollars) selling to whoever the fuck is buying highest, drop an announcement at 2AM EST, then disappear never to be heard from again.
Like, I almost have to respect this level of hustle.
For those of you who don't know, EvilLore is the founder of NeoGAF, was outed for "sexual assault" (quota quote, because it's alleged, and not exactly confirmed), and another moderator was jailed for child porn (which WAS confirmed). The EvilLore situation was the camel's back for a lot of users. It started as a facebook status update, spread out to google, and into NeoGAF.

The whole thing caused server outages, moderators would have to lock, delete threads, bans, etc. So afterwards, there was an exodus to ResetEra.

So, if ResetEra admins are not careful, that cycle can repeat, and spiral out of control... Then, this... uh... acquisition ...is a $4.55 Million loss. Yup.
 

Abizaga

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Why do you like disagreeing with me? Are you doing it for lolz? They get "tons of views" but these "views" don't really translate into money. (Convert into money, I mean.)
I don't "like" disagreeing but I just feel it an important factor. The views may not immediatwly translate into it, but with ads, it sure would! Also I kinda would like to think it gets factored in as my own site has a pretty good rank (not 4k but still, nearing the quarter of a million mark) and I'd like to think my site isn't entirely worthless.)
 
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Carlos X

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@Carlos X $700k in annual revenue. The website was undersold.
Do you know what undersold means? It means the the site was undervalued. It sold less than what it's valued. I said it should be sold for at least $100k to $1m. That $700k revenue should value the site at $1m to $1.5. NOT $4.5.

$4.5 is way, way too much money for a small site. I'm telling you, the site is dying as we speak. The owner doesn't see anything he can do to expand the current ResetEra market, because as I explained... its a woke website. It thrives only on stupidity.
 
Do you know what undersold means? It means the the site was undervalued. It sold less than what it's valued. I said it should be sold for at least $100k to $1m. That $700k revenue should value the site at $1m to $1.5. NOT $4.5.

$4.5 is way, way too much money for a small site. I'm telling you, the site is dying as we speak. The owner doesn't see anything he can do to expand the current ResetEra market, because as I explained... its a woke website. It thrives only on stupidity.
Correct. Undersold. It's worth 8-10x annual revenue.
 

Ashley

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Only 4 years old? or that's what I just read wrong. That's an overkill price to buy a forum that isn't that big to other sites that I'm on :p

I never did know about the site that well anyway,

Basically this forum is only a year older than mine. We're only three years old in April
 

Carlos X

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Correct. Undersold. It's worth 8-10x annual revenue.
So, you want someone with $700,000 revenue to receive $10 Million? Did you read what I said?

It's a woke website. Do you understand what I'm saying? Eventually, the site will die off completely, and the ad revenue means... NOTHING.

You need LEGITIMATE users INTERACTING with the website in order for repeat visitors to rise. These drive-by users (lurkers) is only pennies compared to repeat visitors who interact with the site, and are more likely to click on the ad.

These companies are NOT supposed to look for IMPRESSIONS, they're supposed to look for CLICKS. People who will click on an ad and convert the ad into purchasing. Impressions are secondary.

Everyone is missing the point, and I already know the writing is on the wall. The only thing they (MOBAFire) have to do is market the hell out of ResetEra to make their money back, and maybe profit off of it.

Nobody understands, so we'll just come in circles.

Have your own goddamn opinions. When I'm right, I'm not gonna say "I told you so." I'll just laugh.
 
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So, you want someone with $700,000 revenue to receive $10 Million? Did you read what I said?

It's a woke website. Do you understand what I'm saying? Eventually, the site will die off completely, and the ad revenue means... NOTHING.

You need LEGITIMATE users INTERACTING with the website in order for repeat visitors to rise. These drive-by users (lurkers) is only pennies compared to repeat visitors who interact with the site, and are more likely to click on the ad.

These companies are NOT supposed to look for IMPRESSIONS, they're supposed to look for CLICKS. People who will click on an ad and convert the ad into purchasing. Impressions are secondary.

Everyone is missing the point, and I already know the writing is on the wall. The only thing they (MOBAFire) have to do is market the hell out of ResetEra to make their money back, and maybe profit off of it.

Nobody understands, so we'll just come in circles.

Have your own goddamn opinions. When I'm right, I'm not gonna say "I told you so." I'll just laugh.
I respect your position but none of this is relevant. A website is no different than any of business. It's valuation is based off revenue. MOBAFire will further maximize the further through direct ad sales whereas the forum was previously monetizing via programmatic advertising, which is typically an 80/20 revenue share to the publisher. MOBAFire will serve all ads in house via it's sales team, thus keeping 100% of the revenue (minus minimal ad serving costs) and sell the ads at a premium compared to programmatic.

Lastly, advertisers pay for impressions and ad viewability, not ad clicks.
 

Carlos X

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I respect your position but none of this is relevant. A website is no different than any of business. It's valuation is based off revenue. MOBAFire will further maximize the further through direct ad sales whereas the forum was previously monetizing via programmatic advertising, which is typically an 80/20 revenue share to the publisher. MOBAFire will serve all ads in house via it's sales team, thus keeping 100% of the revenue (minus minimal ad serving costs) and sell the ads at a premium compared to programmatic.

Lastly, advertisers pay for impressions and ad viewability, not ad clicks.
You are not hearing me. I'm not saying the traffic is invaluable to [ad] Publishers.

I'm saying the market of ResetEra is FAKE. There are real users, yes, there are big, prominent journalists there... but the content is FAKE. Let's assume Nintendo wants to advertise on ResetEra, because they're talking "good things" about one of their games. But the thread is full of people talking trash in public in coded messages. Hence, echochamber. Nintendo reads the thread and realizes the marketing falls flat, because the echochamber is talking abouts transgender person as this and that. Basically leftist ideologies. So you're selling to people WHO. WILL. NEVER. BUY. YOUR. GAME.

That's a woke website.
 
You are not hearing me. I'm not saying the traffic is invaluable to [ad] Publishers.

I'm saying the market of ResetEra is FAKE. There are real users, yes, there are big, prominent journalists there... but the content is FAKE. Let's assume Nintendo wants to advertise on ResetEra, because they're talking "good things" about one of their games. But the thread is full of people talking trash in public in coded messages. Hence, echochamber. Nintendo reads the thread and realizes the marketing falls flat, because the echochamber is talking abouts transgender person as this and that. Basically leftist ideologies. So you're selling to people WHO. WILL. NEVER. BUY. YOUR. GAME.

That's a woke website.
This is all irrelevant.
 
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