Capcom: Playstation Network shut down costing it "millions"

The shut down of Sony's Playstation Network is approaching the three week mark and its becoming clear that the online PS3 console service's down time will cost Sony tons of money in both the short and long term. But it's not just Sony that's being affected. Other game publishers who use the network for things like online multiplayer services, downloadable content, demos and videos are also unable to use the service.

One of those publishers is Capcom and this week one of its executives, senior vice-president Christian Svensson, is speaking out on its own losses. In a post on Capcom Unity's message boards he states, " ... the resulting outage obviously costing us hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in revenue that were planned for within our budget. These are funds we rely on to bring new games to market for our fans." He added that even as a game fan he is unable to play games online on the PS3 and purchase content via the Playstation Store, plus his personal info has now been compromised.

Ultimately, Svensson says in his note, " ... the hackers appear to be trying to 'punish' Sony for some perceived injustice, and they've been effective in that I suppose. But they're also punishing millions of other consumers and businesses which makes it impossible to be sympathetic to their 'cause''.

Sony's Playstation Network has been down since April 20 after Sony discovered that a cyber attack breached the network's servers and exposed the personal info of tens of millions of its users. Sony still doesn't have a firm date for the restoration of the online network.

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Yeah, Capcom needs to make money on idiots from PSN DLC's like for skins and bonus battles that cost way more than they're actually worth when most are already on disc. C'mon Sony get your act together and fix this so they can put out more for people to buy.

In the age of single point digital distribution, matchmaking, and content locks, its good to see the weakness in such systems.

This will mean a rise in the price of DLC on the PSN network I'd imagine.

The bigger gripe I've had with SONY over the years is it's inability to inform users about features, support, changelogs, and just plain straight answering back to questions asked.

They are notorious for ignoring you at any chance they get.

I guess they can't ignore us now.

yeoo_andy_ni said,
Oh well, sometimes I'm glad that I'm a 360 user!

If Microsoft ****ed off a bunch of people Live would get hit too. It might not be as bad as PSN but still Live is not immunedjust because you pay for a subscription. Im sure Microsoft is learning from whats going on with Sony and taking extra preventive steps in just in case.

The only way to pressure Sony to get the network back online faster is to pressure the game maker like EA by stop buying game and renting games. By hitting their wallet Sony will have to act.

lelouch859 said,
The only way to pressure Sony to get the network back online faster is to pressure the game maker like EA by stop buying game and renting games. By hitting their wallet Sony will have to act.

"boycotting" games is utterly ineffective.

lelouch859 said,
The only way to pressure Sony to get the network back online faster is to pressure the game maker like EA by stop buying game and renting games. By hitting their wallet Sony will have to act.

Sure lets RUSH them, in securing their network, that always ends well.

Except they can only distribute DLC content to PS3 users through the PSN Store. They can have all the contingencies in the world, but if Sony's single choke point fails, they're all useless.

Jenson said,
Yawn, surely they have a contingency and not relying purely on the hope that nothing happens with a third parties service?

Sony has designed their system so that a working contingency would be to not develop the game for the Playstation, but for another platform.

It's not like these developers can "develop around" their failing marketplace...

I've got mixed feelings about this whole anonymous hacks sony thing, but you screw with users enough and sometimes they'll bite back.

"These are funds* we rely on to bring new games to market for our fans." should come with a footnote, footnote being *small portion of these funds. Majority goes to profits for the few elites.

Caleo said,
I've got mixed feelings about this whole anonymous hacks sony thing, but you screw with users enough and sometimes they'll bite back.

"These are funds* we rely on to bring new games to market for our fans." should come with a footnote, footnote being *small portion of these funds. Majority goes to profits for the few elites.

The number of users Sony actually screwed with is insignificant by how many people is screwed by Anonymous. Actually, at this rate, they are screwing with people's job, whether directly from Sony or companies have Sony as an avenue for their profits.

And saying screwing its user is a bit over the top, seeing the mandate for Anonymous' hacking is essentially ONE hacker. Is not as though they are trying to say it is a broad reaching spectrum they are protesting against.

Caleo said,
I've got mixed feelings about this whole anonymous hacks sony thing, but you screw with users enough and sometimes they'll bite back.

"These are funds* we rely on to bring new games to market for our fans." should come with a footnote, footnote being *small portion of these funds. Majority goes to profits for the few elites.

To be fair Sony has had it coming with all the stunts they've pulled over the years. Remember the root kit scandal?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_rootkit