Microsoft Reportedly Paid $5-10 Million to Bring Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy to Xbox Game Pass – Rumour

According to games analyst David Gibson, Microsoft spent as much as $5-10 million to bring games like Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy to Xbox Game Pass.

Posted By | On 29th, Mar. 2022

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service has been an absolute hit, although many fans have wondered about exactly how large of a capital the Redmond-based tech giant has been pumping into the service to maintain a steady influx of new releases. According to popular games industry analyst David Gibson, games like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – which recently joined the service – cost around $5-10 million to put on Xbox Game Pass.

Gibson shared these numbers in a recent Twitter thread about the upcoming rumored PlayStation Spartacus reveal. To put that in context, Google spent upwards of $10 million dollars to bring Red Dead Redemption 2 to its streaming platform Stadia.

Gibson reportedly arrived at these numbers by talking to a bunch of Square Enix execs, although given the confidentiality in company matters such as these, there is bound to be some degree of error in the equation.

Additionally, he also talked about how the publisher will get only $2 per game on the service as opposed to $29 for the same on retail, making it unfriendly for developers and publishers on an economic level. Whether Sony’s upcoming rumoured tiered service solves this problem or not remains to be seen, although both are clearly different products with seemingly different target audiences (at least for now).


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