Gamasutra Interview: Paradox CEO Wester On Victoria 2's Head-Shaving Profitability Bet

Late last month, Paradox Interactive CEO Fredrik Wester made a surprising statement in a post on the publisher's official forum: he was so confident that Victoria 2, Paradox's most recently-announced title, wouldn't turn a profit that he pledged to shave his head and publish photographs if the game ended up being a financial success.

The game is a sequel to 2003's Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun, an in-depth strategy game set in the Victorian era. Wester said it had "a terrible launch" -- which is why his expectations for the new game are reserved at best.

Wester's post referenced a poll conducted last year, asking Paradox community members what game they wanted to see the company develop next. Victoria 2 narrowly beat out the World War II-era strategy game Hearts of Iron III, the latter of which ended up being announced days later and was released this August -- and hails from a more commercially successful franchise than Victoria.

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