PS3 gamers have been unable to utilize the machine’s online functionality for what is now approaching a full three weeks. While this is obviously very sad for gamers everywhere, have you considered for a moment just how much the people besides us gamers and Sony themselves are affected by the outage? Because I certainly hadn’t. I had only been concerned with how many rounds of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 I had missed and how I hadn’t even gotten a chance to play Arcana Hearts 3 online yet. You don’t have to admit that you were just as selfish, because I did it for all of us, don’t be a copycat. Be yourself.
It turns out the situation is even worse for developers and publishers who are losing buckets of money in this catastrophe. Iconic publisher Capcom has come forward saying that they’ve lost hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions because of the outage and each passing day the figure grows. Senior VP of Capcom, Mr. Chris Svensson had this to say on the Capcom Unity blog:
As an executive responsible for running a business, 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.
Knowing what companies are going through makes the situation even more tragic than it was before. If an industry powerhouse like Capcom is suffering this much, I can only imagine how this is affecting smaller, less powerful publishers and developers. Also, if whichever hacker is behind this huge attack isn’t satisfied that they’ve made their point yet, then I’m afraid for the future of gaming.