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June 3rd, 2012, 09:23
Originally Posted by Gorath View Post
As I understand it, and I might be wrong, the 30% indie cut is off sold units. The ca. 20%, nowadays probably slightly less because we're near the end of the console cycle, have to be paid up-front. Every DVD has to be ordered through certified replicators.
Now do the math how much money Bethesda invests when they ship 5M units at release.
Not to mention the upfront costs of x years development and marketing.. which is why publishers exist - which in The Witcher's case was a publisher who'd stockpiled money from their own publishing/distribution business (and also why digital distribution of low budget games on PC makes it possible to avoid the traditional publishing model of funding up front).
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