[MUD-Dev] Movies bigger than games? (was Re: Digital Property Law)

Matt Mihaly the_logos at www.achaea.com
Sun Apr 1 18:34:45 New Zealand Standard Time 2001

On Fri, 30 Mar 2001, Adam Martin wrote:

> Matt Mihaley  wrote: 
>> If a game generates 100 million, it's sold about 2 million copies
>> ($50 each). If a movie generates 100 million, it's sold about 12.5
>> million tickets. Some people go see movies more than once, but they
>> do not account for a significant percentage of movie tickets
>> sold. So with the same revenue, you're talking about a customer
>> base for movies 6x that of games.

> All valid, except that I don't see how it relates to what I said? 
> OK, so the games industry has a smaller customer base - why on earth
> does that mean publishers cannot become aggressive in getting
> revenue streams from merchandising? It doesn't even imply that they
> won't make much money - it just indicates that the potential market
> might be smaller (but in itself could never be enough to justify a
> statement that the (games-related) merchandising market will be
> smaller)

Nod, my apologies, I went back and clearly misread what you had said.

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