Quantic Dream - 'a million people (are) playing my game without giving me one cent'
By Joseph Christ on September 12th, 2011 (36 comments)
Quantic Dream co-founder Guillaume de Fondaumiere has appeaned on GameIndustry.biz to, among other things, complain about the used game market. More specifically, they claim to have lost $13.6 million on Heavy Rain due to the sale of used games.
"I can take just one example of Heavy Rain - 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." he added " I think this is one of the number one problems right now in the industry."
Of course, let's not take any personal responsibility at all. At the moment Heavy Rain is standing at an 87 on metacritic with a meager 6.7 user score. The game, though making some interesting attempts at narrative, is also one long, badly written, QTE event with some major moments pulled wholesale from popular movies. But, this doesn't stop Mr. Fondaumiere from reeling at the sacrifices he has had to endure due to people buying his game second hand. And, he adds, this sacrifice is so much to bear that developers might stop making games altogether!
"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. Because when developers and publishers alike are going to see that they can't make a living out of producing games that are sold through retail channels, because of second hand gaming, they will simply stop making these games. And we'll all, one say to the other, simply go online and to direct distribution. So I don't think that in the long run this is a good thing for retail distribution either."
Yes, we hear all the time from the likes of Ken Levine, Cliffy B, Todd Howard and others that they are suffering so much due to the used game market that they might just stop making games and get jobs at In and Out Burger, or work as desk clerks for Activision. I'm glad Mr. Fondaumiere has found the resolve to brave the slings and arrows in order to bring this important issue to the forefront.
Joseph Christ is the Reviews Editor and a Podcast Personality at 4Player. Specializing in reviews, editorials, drinking, and saying inappropriate things about gaming franchises that are beloved by millions, his satirical and sometimes edgy style offsets a more serious and penetrating substance lurking below the surface. He is also the host of the Cocktail Time Podcast. You'll follow his Twitter if you know what's good for you.
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