Let’s be real: video games are awesome, if a little bit expensive. But what that $60 price tag doesn’t always tell you is that many popular (often called AAA) video games can cost tens of millions of dollars to develop! Hopefully game makers earn their money back, as Rockstar Games did with Grand Theft Auto 4 ($100 million in production costs, 20.63 million units sold). Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out – just look at Bioware’s Star Wars: The Old Republic, a game that cost $200 million to make and only sold 2.56 million units. This infographic from ProfitBricks presents even more information about financing video games, from development costs to game hosting to places from which game makers get their funding.
As you’ll see, there’s a lot more that goes into funding a video game than you might think! And if you’ve ever tried to make a video game yourself, you probably know either one of two things: getting the money to fund your project can be extremely difficult, or, as Jonathon Blow says, “If you can live for three years at your Mom’s house, you can make a game for free.” Check out the infographic below to learn more about the financial reality behind gaming development.
The Financial Reality Behind Great Ideas [Infographic]
Courtesy of: ProfitBricks-Cloud Computing 2.0
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