Quantic Dream Loses $10 Million in Heavy Rain Second-Hand Sales
Posted on Tuesday, September 13 @ 16:32:08 PST by Nicholas Tan
We basically sold to date approximately two million units, we know from the trophy system that probably more than three million people bought this game and played it. On my small level it's a million people playing my game without giving me one cent. And my calculation is, as Quantic Dream, I lost between €5 and €10 million worth of royalties because of second hand gaming.This exaggeration is meant as a comment to the used sales of gaming retailers and the industry's approach to the second-hand market:
Now I know the arguments, you know, without second hand gaming people will buy probably [fewer] games because they buy certain games full price, and then they trade them in... Well I'm not so sure this is the right approach and I think that developers and certainly publishers and distributors should sit together and try to find a way to address this. Because we're basically all shooting ourselves in the foot here.Beyond the fact that 2 million units sold is amazing for an independent studio for a PS3 exclusive, I'm not sure if he has the math all right. What portion of the second-hand market is used sales in retailers and how much of it is just some guy lending his copy to his friend or relative who uses a different account? Some people have commented that his comment is just whining, but Guillaurme de Fondaumiere disagrees with the bashing his interview has generated:
I'm not whining, just opening a discussion here on a subject matter that is being discussed quietly by a lot of people in the industry right now.[Source]
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