Which tiles should I buy?

Once you have created an account on earth2.io and added credits to it, as described in this post, you are ready to buy tiles. But now the question is: which tiles should I buy?

Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino

Of course, everyone would like to own the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, or Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, but unfortunately all of these locations have long been sold. But that doesn’t mean it is too late to get involved! Below we will discuss a number of approaches you could take. Over time, maybe new ideas will pop up, so be sure check for updates!

Buy now and sell later

With prices going up at an almost insane rate, one of the simplest strategies is to just buy any land at the lowest possible price – preferably at popular locations, and sell it again later when prices have increased. Although for many of us such an approach may no longer be feasible for tiles in the United States, which at the moment of writing cost almost $33 per tile, there are still other areas with much more reasonable prices.

However, be aware that the values for cheap tiles in the Earth 2 Country Statistics are very unreliable, so always check for the latest price by selecting a tile.

Investing in Class 1 land

A second approach is to focus on tiles of Class 1 in order to earn income tax on those tiles. However, this approach also has its limitations. First of all, due to the unreliability of the Country Statistics, you won’t know whether or not your tiles are Class 1 until after you have purchased them.

Secondly, according to the developers of Earth 2, income tax was introduced as a stimulus for early buyers and will not last forever. It may be the case that income tax will only be paid till all tiles in that country have been sold. This means that owners of tiles in smaller countries like Vatican City, Monaco or Nauru will most likely not be able to enjoy income tax on their tiles.

In short: relying on income tax may not be a useful long-term strategy in all cases. So is it then a bad idea to focus on Class 1 land? Not necessarily, because there are other perks:

  • Depending on the land class, you will get a smaller or larger part of the resources found on your tiles.
  • Income from advertising. When someone places ads on your land, you will get a part of the turnover, again depending on the land class.
  • When others build on your land, you will receive a part of the costs as credit to your account, again depending on the land class.

Investing in land at popular locations

As mentioned earlier, a very popular strategy from the start has been to buy tiles at popular locations, even now that prices are rising very rapidly. Although in the next phase of the game the buildings will disappear, people assume that the locations will remain popular because there is still a geographical connection with the real world and people will most likely be active in those popular locations.

Pursuing this strategy is a bit of a gamble, because it assumes that Earth 2 will always be connected to “Earth 1”. However, the developers did confirm that such a connection will always remain, although it is unclear in what way exactly. But given the current information, it is very likely that owners of land at popular real-life locations will benefit from it.

Investing in land owned by companies in the real world

Like the previous strategy, this one assumes that there will always be an interest by companies to own or control the location of their headquarters or properties in Earth 2. Larger companies may at some point be willing to pay what is for you a considerable amount of money to buy this land back from you. Something similar happened a long time ago when individuals were able to register domain names in the ’90s.

Investing in land containing valuable resources

The final strategy for now that we’d like to mention is to invest in tiles that are located at physical locations that contain natural resources like wood, gold, oil, etc. The developers have confirmed that these resources will, at least to some extend, match with the resources in the game that are needed to build things later on.

Conclusion

Despite different ways to play the game in Earth 2, there is no one “winning strategy”. The most sensible things to do is probably to do a bit of everything. Also decide what budget you are willing to spend. Do you want to buy a single tile in the USA for $32.81? Or would you rather buy 154 tiles in Kyrgyzstan for $0.212 per tile?

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