Xbox reportedly paid Square Enix $100 million for an exclusive year of Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Rise of the Tomb Raider by developer Crystal Dynamics and publisher Square Enix was initially only available for Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2015. Such a deal doesn’t come from just friendliness, there’s a lot of money behind it. According to reports, Microsoft reportedly paid $100 million for the exclusivity.
Who is this LinkedIn profile Written by Fabian Rossini, former Square Enix development director. According to his own statements, he negotiated the exclusive contract with Microsoft. Meanwhile, Rossini has deleted the information from his profile, but the Internet never forgets …
… His old autobiographical photos were posted on Twitter. The Tomb Raider deal can still be seen there:
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— Timur222 (@bogorad222) August 30, 2021
Having already seen that Epic Games also paid $115 million for its time-exclusive deal with Borderlands 3, that number seems very reasonable. For half a year, the Gearbox shooter was only allowed to be sold on PC on the Epic Games Store.
For the Steam competitor, the contract was worth it, because within the first two weeks, the first $100 million was earned, and the company counted nearly one million new users on its platform.