The shut down of Sonys Playstation Network is approaching the three week mark and its becoming clear that the online PS3 console services down time will cost Sony tons of money in both the short and long term. But its not just Sony thats 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 Unitys 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 theyve been effective in that I suppose. But theyre also punishing millions of other consumers and businesses which makes it impossible to be sympathetic to their "cause"".
Sonys Playstation Network has been down since April 20 after Sony discovered that a cyber attack breached the networks servers and exposed the personal info of tens of millions of its users. Sony still doesnt have a firm date for the restoration of the online network.