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PlayStation Plus 'buyouts' for devs confirmed by Sony

For gamers, PlayStation Plus' Instant Game Collection has been a tremendous deal, offering numerous "free" games as part of a subscription. But why do developers offer their games for free? Well, because some of them are getting paid for it, of course.

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Eonjay1093d ago

Obviously... nobody doubted this.

Feocart1093d ago (Edited 1093d ago )

There's bound to be a few people that don't know this.
There are a few reasons as to why this happens. Futurlab, developer of the upcoming Velocity 2X, told GI.biz that putting their game on PS+ was "less about money and more about exposure, especially with a sequel coming."
Publicity is huge for a game to do well on the market, and PS+ does a fair job at promoting games with news updates and deals.

SilentNegotiator1093d ago (Edited 1093d ago )

Wait, wait, wait....you guys mean that the developers didn't give away their games out of the kindness of their hearts?

....I have to sit down.

Hitman07691093d ago

@SilentNegotiator

lmao, it's a damn shame right? How dare them always expect payment for their hundreds of thousands of collective manhours. totally capatalist. russia should've won the cold war.

Army_of_Darkness1093d ago (Edited 1093d ago )

After getting several free games like hitman absolution and anomaly( which was never on my radar), I'm really exited for anomaly 2 when it hits consoles! Really good reverse tower defense game.

Free games is definitely good publicity for indie dev. And i don't mean the free to play nickle and dime microtransaction crap either.

Rayansaki1093d ago

@SilentNegotiator

Some do. Not necessarily out of kindness, but if theres a sequel coming out in a month, giving it away for free now is a great marketing tool. It's pretty obvious the majority is paid by Sony tho. Like Far Cry 3 or Dragon's Dogma, nothing to gain from giving it for free right now

malokevi1093d ago

I don't wanna stir the pot and incur the wrath of the dreaded SDF... but should a company that is in dire financial straights be shoveling free games at it's customers at its own expense?

Do they expect to see some sort of ROI for this kind of investment? I mean, sure, more people might be buying the console... more people might be subscribing to their service... but all that money is going out the back door and into the developers pockets anyways.

I guess it could logically balance itself out, but I'm not so sure.

Omegasyde1093d ago

@malokev

I am absolutely sure "some" money from PSN subscriptions is reinvested into the service the same way Xbox live works.

Here's the difference though, I would "imagine" that most XBL fees go to securing "timed-exclusive" DLC or perhaps servers; where Sony focuses more on offering free games.

miyamoto1093d ago (Edited 1093d ago )

Oh, at least these small indie games really gets VIP center stage treatment and more exposure on PSN instead of getting buried and lost due to bigger publishers and tons of ads on other platforms.

FamilyGuy1092d ago

@ malokevi

PS+ is extremely profitable, the money spent on getting games to give away pales in comparison to the money gained from paid subscribers. XBLG is extremely profitable too (waaay more so) and MS spends some of that profit towards things like timed DLC or game exclusivity.

Here's a quick example:
Let's say Sony has 700,000 subscribers one year that paid $50 that year for PS+, that's already $35 MILLION. The money they pay devs could be anything from $20k for those smaller PSN titles to $500k for those big retail titles. Even if they spent $1 million a month on getting PS+ games they would still be profiting $23 million that year in this example.

PS+ is just like any other subscription, it's designed to make money and you've got to spend money to make money. The more enticing the offer sounds, the more subscribers they get, the more money they make and the more they can add to the benefits of the service.
That said, I expect PS+ to be huge now that PS4 requires it for online play.

SilentNegotiator1092d ago

"@SilentNegotiator
Some do. Not necessarily out of kindness"

Promotion isn't kindness, so that's included in my point/joke.

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My_precious1093d ago

but this is the first time sony make this public, IIRC

ALLWRONG1093d ago

Oh the irony.

Amazing how other companies get hammered for doing the same thing here. Where are all the "check writing" comments now?

I love it when karma bites hypocrites.

Rhaigun1092d ago

I'll tell you why you don't see it. Because this check clearly affects the gamers wallet. If Microsoft was securing exclusive DLC and giving it away for free, no one would say anything.

DOMination-1093d ago

MS pay for exclusive content = outrage!!!

Sony pays for content to be free on their service = amazing!!

Soldierone1093d ago

Free content benefits the users, and its obviously not cutting into exclusive title budgets. Sony still had what 7 exclusive games this year?

Meanwhile MS announces millions in a budget for making games, then turns around and announces a bunch of timed exclusive crap. During the PS2 era Sony had third party exclusives too, look how that turned out. MS should be paying for their own stuff, not timed deals with third parties..... THATS what makes me angry as a gamer. They rather pay to basically yell "FIRST!!!" like those annoying comments on Youtube than to actually gamble on a game of their own.

HugoDrax1093d ago

@soldierone

You're kidding me right? I'm laughing that people are still trying to justify why it's ok for Sony to do this, but not for MS. Oh N4G fanboys, please will you stop with the hatred. I thought this was NETWORK 4 GAMERS? All I see is NETWORK 4 FANBOYS.

November 15th and 22nd, can't come any faster because then maybe, just maybe fanboys will be occupied playing their new consoles instead of trolling online gaming sites.

hankmoody1093d ago

And God forbid you come on N4G saying anything of the sort. The disagrees say it all.

Soldierone1092d ago

@auric, then how about defend against my argument instead? Defend MS' decision to waste money on timed deals. What does that do? It just hurts the other gamers. What does Sony offering free games do to harm gamers? NOTHING. What exclusive did we lose because sony paid for a few free games? NONE.

How is being tired of MS wasting money on timed exclusives instead of advancing the industry with exclusives being a fanboy? If Sony did it, I'd be mad too, but they dont. Fans ask for a new Uncharted, Sony gives them it, plus green lights The Last of Us, Plus a free game on PS Plus. What does MS do? "Here is some COD content FIRST! Remember, we were first! Not exclusive, just first! It was coming with or without our check, but its first here! " This benefits gamers how exactly? Why should I kiss MS' arse because they get crap first? I simply said (and keep saying) I rather get an exclusive title instead of a timed deal.

Omegasyde1092d ago (Edited 1092d ago )

Wait a second, are the games that are free only playable on PS3?

Oh wait, their not.

What if this exclusive content is going towards a core title which I don't like?

Sorry Dom, you brought up a horrible example.

Rhaigun1092d ago

I already answered this in the above reply.

jairusmonillas1092d ago

You still need to buy those exclusive contents.

Why does Xbox fans think like an empty box?

ALLWRONG1092d ago

@jairusmonillas you have to pay for PSN+

Now what?

xxxsiegezzz1088d ago

It's free not exclusive.
I think no-one had problems that MS would offer all dlc free for their customers, but they just cut it off from others

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wsoutlaw871093d ago

ya this is completely obvious. If they wanted to just give it away the game would be free and not on plus.

nick3091093d ago

Thats why not all games stay free at plus.

AbortMission1093d ago

I thought we knew this already..