The current console offers games to users through subscription services. PlayStation Plus free play and Xbox Game Pass. For such titles, users can play without paying an additional fee. This means that each platform holder pays the manufacturer that provides the title appropriately.
It seems to be played by tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or more people per title, and it is interesting to see how much payment has occurred, but such stories are not easily transmitted outside. However, it seems that the specific amount of a certain title has recently been revealed and has attracted attention. YouTuber’s GP is featured.
The provision of the manufacturer revealed the amount obtained by the manufacturer about Studio Wildcard’s open world survival action game Ark: Survival Evolved. The title was provided to Xbox Game Pass in January 2019 and in March 2022 for overseas free play. The amount of questions was reported in the documents submitted by the Studio’s parent company Snail Games to a new listing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
In the submitted documents, Snail Games commented that Ark: Survival Evolved is a flagship franchise, which accounts for the majority of the company’s revenue. By the end of June 2022, the PC/Console version was installed 76.5 million, of which 38.4 million were free promotion. Free promotion means free distribution on Steam and Epic Games stores, and provided to PS Plus/Xbox Game Pass.
SHE paid $3.5 million to Snail Games to provide this work for five weeks during PS Plus free play. Meanwhile, for the provision of Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft has paid $2.5 million to Snail Games (about 365 million yen) as a 6-month license fee in early 2022.
This time, the specific amount has been revealed. One of the backgrounds is that the content of the service differs, such as the difference between the PS Plus and the Xbox Game Pass, which is different per system, because the user can hold the game even after the distribution period ends in the PS Plus free play. It is considered to be in.
It doesn’t seem to be paid under the same conditions. In August this year, the developer BIG CHEESE STUDIO reported to the local Poland Warsaw Stock Exchange that the cooking simulator will be provided for Xbox Game Pass. In the documents, the studio reported that Microsoft had received $600,000 (about 88 million yen) as a lump-sum payment (Twisted Voxel). At least in Xbox Game Pass, various contract conditions are shown.
The Snail Games document reported that the next work of Studio Wildcard, ARK 2, received $2.3 million from Microsoft (about 336 million yen). The work scheduled to be distributed early in 2023 for PC/Xbox Series X | S will be provided for Xbox Game Pass from the first day of distribution. It is also clear that it will be paid based on the contract and will be offered to Xbox Game Pass for three years.