DonJuan wrote on Nov 24, 2011, 16:35:
But I bet that the biggest single-player-only PC game in years will not break 2 million in PC sales.
You dont have to sell GAZILLIONS of games on the PC to make decent profit. Per sold game devs and publisher make MORE money with a PC game than with a console game.
An example: http://www.lowbird.com/data/images/2011/11/4chan-1322123097081.png
So, publishers have to do much more spending to earn a dollar on consoles than on the PC plattfrom. That is one of the reasons big publishers like EA have a revenue of several billion dollars, but STILL make a huge net loss with their "not so much" profitable console games, which are the majority of the games they release. Yes, you can make huge profits with a console game. But only if its so much popular that revenue is soaring. Below that ... its money thrown out of the window.
Its not important how much games you sell. Its much more important how much money you make from each single sale, combined with the number of games you sell.