2comments PSN outage costing thousands maybe millions
Posted Tue 10th May 2011 10:53am by Ming Fung
Hackerís actions hurting Sony, Gamers and Publishers
There are a lot of distraught PSN users out there, gamers who have not played online for a while. 2-3 weeks! Must feel like an eternity … that’s the power the connected world has over us. However let’s not forget the people who create content, the publishers and developers.
PSN is an eco system, meaning Sony, gamers and publishers/developers all live harmoniously (mostly) on it and are interconnected. When that eco system collapses the entities that reside on it are obviously affected. We’ve heard from Sony and gamers, forums and sites have been saturated with commentary. Now a senior Capcom executive has given its opinion on the PSN problems.
Capcom's senior VP Christian Svensson, posted on the Capcom-Unity forum.
As a consumer, I also play games online on PS3, which I can't do... and likely my personal information is also compromised. Secondly I like to buy things in the PlayStation store and that I can't do right now.
On a related note, as an executive responsible for running a business, the resulting outage obviously costing us hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in revenue that were planned for within our budget. These are funds we rely on to bring new games to market for our fans.
In short, the hackers appear to be trying to "punish" Sony for some perceived injustice, and they've been effective in that I suppose. But they're also punishing millions of other consumers and businesses which makes it impossible to be sympathetic to their "cause".
Even if the hackers are successful in punishing Sony and if people start moving off PSN, it’s still going to cost gamers. They’ve already invested time, money for purchases, not to mention the cost of a console. As you can see from the quote above, publishers are also impacted, can we guarantee if the revenue lost is not shared between *all* platforms or if it hurts games projects in flight? Don’t forget the human element either the lost revenue could be someone’s wage.
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