Quantic Dream: €10 million lost from second hand Heavy Rain sales

Monday, 12 September 2011 09:35 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Quantic Dream CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere has said that the French developer has lost upwards of €10 million in second hand sales from Heavy Rain.

The exec told GI.biz that second hand sales for the Sony-published thriller were caused by the recent recession.

The game’s sold 2 million units to date so far.

“I would say that the impact that the recession had, especially on AAA games on console, was the rise of second hand gaming. And I think this is one of the number one problems right now in the industry,” said de Fonduamiere.

“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.”

Heavy Rain released back in February 2010 for PlayStation 3. The next game from the studio will be published by Sony.

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