Early this week, I broke the story of John Romero selling several of his games on eBay with Daikatana expected to be the big ticket item. The auction has ended but the game sold for less then what was anticipated.
The final bid for John Romero copy of Daikatana sold for $243.50 (the highest bid as of 8:00pm on 6/19/2018). Given how much the game is connected to Romero legacy, it was expected that the game would sell anywhere between $1,000 to $4,000 USD. Just as a comparison – his floppy disk copy of Doom II sold for $3,150 while his personal copy of the id Anthology (one of the most sought after game collections) sold for $1,130.
In another surprise during the auction, his personal copy of Doom 64 was the highest bid item and sold for $350. Not much changed in terms of price regarding Deathkings of the Dark Citadel as it sold for $71.
John Romero is a pioneer in the gaming world having co-founded id Software in the 90’s alongside John Carmack and Tom Hall. His gaming credits include work on Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake just to name a few while also coining the multiplayer term “deathmatch”.
In 2015; he established Romero Games Ltd., an independent game studio located in Galway, Ireland. Their first title, Gunman Taco Truck was released in January 2017 and it was highly praised by critics along with gamers.