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28. Re: THQ Postmortem Feb 1, 2013, 12:46 killer_roach
Creston wrote on Feb 1, 2013, 12:41:
Beamer wrote on Feb 1, 2013, 12:01:
Creston wrote on Feb 1, 2013, 11:31:
Publishers add nothing to the gaming industry.


Except for, you know, the capital required to make a game like GTA, Saints Row, etc.

Had there been no publishers, that capital would still be there. Either it would have come from previous sales (like it does now), or from venture capitalists investing in the gaming industry (like it does now). Or do you think that RICIETOEOETELELLOo coughs it up out of his own pocket or something?

The article mentions that THQ's publishing part was THREE-HUNDRED people. That's 300 salaries and benefits etc that every single game published by THQ has to cover. Imagine if that hadn't been there. The reason EA never makes any money (other than the fact that it's fudging the books) is because there's about 1800 parasites hanging like remoraz off every game they make.


Basically, publishers are venture capitalists with sector-specific marketing and logistics expertise. In the event of the failure of an EA or an Activision, I think that leaves enough of a void for one of the previously-mentioned mid-size players to try to step up, or for an actual venture capital firm to acquire the industry-specific talent to run some stuff from their end.

In short, meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
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