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June 3rd, 2012, 09:58
Originally Posted by RPGFool View Post
Note that we have differing figures of 20% (chart) and 30% (Indie development article). I don't know which is correct. But it is clear that the console manufacturers do get a big cut off the top.

Here's another source that says $12/$60 (20%) to console maker http://www.gametrailers.com/video/ep…h-attack/64278
jump to 3 min 20 sec on video.

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.
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