id Software opened the public beta of Quake Live about a month ago, and CEO Todd Hollenshead unveiled they're planning to make a free web-based version of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory as well. Tollenshead stated they had some doubts about the concept of a free web-based game but that the beta stage of Quake Live has become a huge success, the participation in the open beta is 50 percent higher than what id Software expected.
But Hollenshead admits the id Software wasn't exactly sure in the beginning that people who be interesting in playing a nearly ten old game, even if it was for free.
"We didn't know," he said. "I had my concerns. Are people going to show up?"
Quake Live is a free version of id's 1999 Quake III Arena played in a browser and supported by ads. In the first six hours after launch, more than 110,000 accounts were created in the game. Convincing both id they had made the right decision.
"There was an enormous response on day one," he said. "We were impressed with it."
The sign ups for the game, also showed where people were playing the game. The top four countries, Hollenshead said, were the U.S., Germany, UK and Poland.