Capcom’s senior VP Christian Svensson has publically slammed Sony over the handling of the recent PlayStation Network hack which is expected now to leave the PS3’s online community and download portals offline for more than a month.
“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,”
he states in a post on the Capcom-Unity forum.
“I’m frustrated and upset by it for a number of reasons; As a consumer, I also play games online on PS3, which I can’t do… and likely my personal information is also compromised. Secondly I like to buy things in the PlayStation store and that I can’t do right now.
“In short, 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’.”
It’s an interesting angle and one so far more or less overlooked by Sony; sure, there are plenty of annoyed gamers who can’t head online for a quick frag session, and may or may not have had their credit card details compromised, but what of developers? In the case of Capcom, the outage may have caused them millions, and if that means hard work on forthcoming games end up getting canned, the network hack becomes a very sad case indeed.