How much money has Microsoft made from the XBLA?
by Steven Williamson on 7 August 2008, 10:38
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Well, the facts have finally arrived, with Microsoft reporting that it has taken $240 million from the Xbox live arcade since launch, with $180 million of that said to be from the last year!
Furthermore, Microsoft's IEB manager Kevin Salcedo claims that "games with paid downloadable content sell, on average, $21 million more at retail, provided the DLC hits within a so-called 30-day "sweet spot."
With these figures at their fingertips, developers can be in no doubt that the future of console videogames could well lie in the release of episodic content and tons of extra DLC.
Let's just hope we don't get to a point where all games are released incomplete and then we have to download new content just to find out what happens next.
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