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The cost of Sony’s PlayStation Network not online

There are lots of irate PlayStation 3 gamers out there annoyed at all of the PSN down time, however a recent article posted on GameKudos looks into how the PSN outage is just as frustrating for Sony. developers and publishers.

GameKudos’ Ming Fung says that the PlayStation Network is an eco system, this means that it is not just Sony who are losing out on millions of dollars, Capcom’s senior VP (Christian Svensson) suggests that they have been hit hard as well.

Svensson says that the outage has affected them massively, they have lost out on millions of dollars in revenue which has massive implications on their budget, the revenue they could have earned during this time would have been used to bring new games to the market in the future. Svensson then questions the people who are responsible for the security breach, if they are trying to harm Sony they have achieved their goal, however punished millions of consumers and businesses as well.

For smaller developers the repercussions may be huge, if their single means of income relied on sales via the PSN they have had over three weeks without earning, this may mean that companies can’t pay their staff, can’t afford to start a new project and potentially cannot continue to exist, did the hackers think about this?

Do you think that hackers realized what their actions would truly result in?

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