Warframe made an announcement a few days ago during this year’s Tennocon detailing the game’s latest promo. The grand prize, as Digital Extremes claim, is an actual trip to outer space.
To avail the promo, you need to log in every day to gain entry into the draw. If you’re already playing Warframe regularly, then you need to provide the necessary information at the official link, along with an email address for home console (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) version users.
Users get one entry once they register for the promo. Additional entries will be available once you completed at least one in-game mission every day. You’ll also have the change to receive double entries in each in-game mission starting December 1 to December 31.
Keep in mind that the promo is only eligible for players in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany. Quebec is excluded from the Canadian region eligibility list. Any other space ninjas outside this region, there is no space exploration tickets for you, unfortunately.
As for the details of getting into space, you won’t exactly get a free strapped rocket launch into the International Space Station (ISS) or on a Starship. The prize is a ticket valued at $250,000 that can be used to go to outer space. That does not cover taxes by the way, so that would still be further reduced as the winner takes the grand prize.
Now, anyone who knows half a thing about the current space industry would probably realize immediately that $250,000 is absolutely insufficient to get you to outer space. Even if SpaceX has reduced space launch costs today to about a tenth of what they used to be (more accurately 85% cheaper), that still accounts for about $4,600 per kilogram of hardware and payload.
Definitely not enough for relatively weighty young adult gamers, along with their tourist stuff, to head towards low Earth orbit.
Where did the $250,000 figure of getting into space come from? According to the contest rules, this “was the equivalent cost estimated by the Sponsor for a trip to space.” That sponsor is none other than Virgin Galactic, the owner of the suborbital launch system technology, who incidentally offers “jumps” at the edge of space for roughly the same amount.
In other words, that prize money is essentially a pre-made ticket that will presumably launch the winning space ninja to suborbital distances using the company’s SpaceShipTwo space plane VSS Unity. Take a whiff of the super thin thermospheric air, experience real weightlessness for a few minutes, then finally come back down to become Earthlings again.
Not exactly a luxury weekend at the ISS, and not something that would make you feel like a real space ninja. But compared to the more realistic spending of $30 million for a ticket to get there, it’s as close to space as you can get.
Players would probably point out that this is most likely not the best way to spend your hard-won $250,000. Maybe offer a spanking brand new high-end gaming rig, with all accessories and add-ons you would ever want? Or, how about we ask Digital Extremes to claim the money for ourselves if we ever won the space sweepstakes?
Better yet, save that money until SpaceX’s real Starship gets launched. Actual space travel tickets at that cost should already be available at that time even if the Warframe servers themselves have long closed down. Heck, Elon Musk might also let you hitch a ride for free if you’re willing to go on a one-way trip to Mars.