Which land should I buy now?

If you just got into all of the hype around Earth 2, it can be overwhelming. There is a virtual world similar to ours and the whole world is currently trying to buy tiles in that world. You decide that there is a small amount of money you can spare and are considering investing in Earth 2. You have created your account and now have the map in front of you. And then..? What should you buy now? There are so many options and you read different advice everywhere. Here we explain a number of options.

Multiple strategies

Different groups have different strategies. You can see this even with the major players in Earth 2. Roughly speaking, there are five strategies:

  1. Investing in cheap land to sell later
  2. Invest in Class 1 land to receive maximum taxes later
  3. Investing in land in popular locations to get as many visitors over your land as possible later on
  4. Investing in company land to raise ad revenue later
  5. Investing in land to obtain resources needed to play the game

In general, it is too early to tell at this time what the best method is. Most people therefore spread their risks by doing everything. Do you have a smaller budget? Then read the rest of this article and decide what’s best for you.

Invest in land to sell later

The first strategy is a simple one. Buy as much land as possible for the lowest possible price in popular locations. Not to play the game (necessarily) but to sell when you like the profit on this land. Think of the US right now. If you bought there in New York for 10 cents per tile in the beginning, you can now sell it for $30 per tile. There are large groups of people who are already taking that profit and are not interested in playing the game, or taking advantage of income (LIT) from their country in the future. Nor are they necessarily looking for class 1 land, but for all land that is currently cheaper than what they expect it to cost in the future.

Invest in Class 1 land

A second strategy is to buy a large number of cheap tiles from Class 1 land now in order to earn as much income tax as possible in the coming period. However, this tactic doesn’t work forever. Firstly, the class 1 tiles are running out and secondly, income tax has its limitations.

In Earth 2, you get income tax for the land you own. A percentage of all tile sales in a country is returned to a player, depending on the number of tiles he owns in that country. Shane (one of the creators) stated that income tax is an incentive for early land buyers and won’t last forever, so don’t expect class 1 land income tax to fill your pockets until the day you die.

Wolfgang hinted that income tax will continue until all the tiles in a country have been sold. That is, Monaco or Gibraltar may see an end to taxes sooner, where international territories could see income tax payed out until it is eliminated, per Shane’s comment. As can also be read in our article about income tax, the following categories apply:

  • Class 1 = 0-100k land tiles sold = Most income tax
  • Class 2 = 100k-300k land tiles sold = Less income tax
  • Class 3 = 300-500k land tiles sold = Negligible income tax
  • Class 4 = 500k + land tiles sold = No income tax

You will not receive income tax on small properties until the value for the property reaches $0.01, so if you only own a few tiles, don’t expect to receive money on a daily basis. Read more in our article on income tax.

So how smart is it to go for Class 1 land and income tax if it might end soon? Is it worthless by now? Not entirely, in addition to temporarily receiving income tax, you will also receive:

  • Part of all resources found. Depending on your country class you get a larger or smaller part of what is found on your country.
  • Revenue from advertising. When someone advertises on your land, you get a part of the turnover. This part also depends on your country class.
  • When others build on your land, you will receive part of the costs back as dollars on your account. This part again depends on your country class.

Investing in land in popular locations

A third strategy that large groups adopt is to buy popular locations now, even if they are already more expensive. The Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Jerusalem, Vatican, Manhattan, Times Square, you name it. The idea is that although the buildings will soon disappear, the locations will still remain immensely popular. As a result, there will always be large groups of players in those places, so that the income will also be higher than e.g. class 1 land at a less favorable location.

This strategy is a gamble that the virtual world will always remain connected to the real world. However, recently the Dev team behind Earth 2 has confirmed in their stream that there will always be a link with the real world. How? That has not yet been announced. They indicated that if you are the owner of the statue of liberty you will indeed gain extra benefit from it in the future. This is reason enough for many to buy or even buy over popular areas for relatively high prices (at the moment) from others who use this tactic.

Investing in company land

This strategy is related to the previous one. People buy up large multinationals and universities in the expectation that these parties will later be interested in advertising in those locations or buying back their areas. A few $10,000 can be cheap for a company like Google but a nice exit strategy for you.

Invest in land that provides resources

The last strategy is to invest in land that offers certain resources. Think of gold mines, forest, water, and so on. Once again the dev team has confirmed that these are needed to build and thus play the game. There will be trade in it and people will need it. The dev team has confirmed that resources partly correspond to the soil you find them in today. Partly it will be possible to influence this but if you have a gold mine you will have strategic advantage. What you see now is that mines are already being sold far above the price of the land in Earth 2’s marketplace.

Conclusion

As you can see, there is no best way to play in Earth 2. The best thing to do is spread your risk as there is still a lot unknown at this point. Do you have a smaller budget? Investing in land that you can sell again in the short term seems the safest. This means you don’t have to wait several months for the income from your country to add up to your investment. Of course, the size of your profit is probably less.

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