Shuhei Yoshida: Only four out of ten PlayStation games make money, but Sony will always support talent
Supporting indie developer is not always wise from a financial standpoint, but Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida rest us assured that they will continue to support talent without thinking about which game is profitable and which one is not.
Even if only four out of ten games make money, you can never know when you have a potential GOTY in your game library. It was proven that small games could sell a lot more than triple A titles with movies worthy budgets. So, nice call Sony!
You have his full statement below:
“When you look at what we do, managing studios and managing funds, that’s essentially what we do: to look for talent and support talent, because at the end of the day it’s the people that create amazing things, and it’s the creative team that makes breakthroughs.
It’s a hit-driven business. We look at our financial results of the titles, and probably three or four out of ten make money, and maybe one or two make all the money to cover the cost of the others titles. So we have to be able to maintain that hit ratio at a certain level to be able to continue in the business, so we always try to find out and support and help grow the talent. That’s the most important work that I believe myself and some of my management team at worldwide studios are doing.
There are lots of opportunities. There are so many projects that we want to do, and especially there are so many different techs, platforms and or devices that we can release games, but we have finite resources and budget, we have to make selection choices.
One of the things we always come back to when we’re looking at five potential projects is that we choose the team we believe in when we start working with a new team. That’s really really important.”