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Skylar Kreisher's Blog

 

The only winner here is Microsoft. Skyrim Legendary Edition might as well be an XO exclusive.

 

Here’s one industry professional’s best guess at what transpired:

 

Bethesda wanted the soon-to-be-announced mod store to be cross platform. This would allow user’s who buy mods on the one platform to automatically have them available on all other platforms. An obvious win for consumers, but it would allow Bethesda to avoid paying MS and Sony their cut when users buy the mods on PC (or on the web). Bethesda may have even played MS and Sony against one another to sweeten the deal and avoid MS and Sony’s official marketplaces all together.

 

Sony rejected the offer, requiring all paid mods used on their platform to go through their official sales channel. MS saw this as an opportunity to strengthen their consumer offering with “exclusive” content, and agreed.

 

Please Note: This hypothetical, I don’t have any inside information on this.

 

Twitter: @kreisher

 

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