Sony paid several million dollars for Ark

ARK: Survival Evolved was part of PS Plus in March 2022. And it’s now clear how much money Sony had to pay for it.

Most PlayStation Plus subscribers should have ARK: Survival Evolved in their PSN library. Because the title was part of the Games Collection in March and can be downloaded by members at no additional cost.

Sony, on the other hand, had to open their wallets to get “ARK: Survival Evolved” in the Instant Games Collection. Microsoft has also invested money in the title so that it becomes part of the Game Pass offering. But which amounts have changed hands?

The royalties paid to include the game in PlayStation Plus and continued availability in Xbox Game Pass are subject to an SEC filing from Snail Games, owner of developer and publisher Studio Wildcard, mention.

$3.5 million from Sony

According to the information, Snail entered into an agreement with Sony in November 2021, whereby the companies aim to make Ark Survival Evolved available as one of the PlayStation Plus games from March 2022. Sony paid $3.5 million for this.

Microsoft, in turn, has paid $2.5 million to keep the game on Game Pass for the first half of this year and $2.3 million to include “ARK 2” in the service once it launches.

As a rule, Sony and Microsoft and the companies involved do not disclose the amounts paid for the games included in the subscription services.

One of the few other examples is Big Cheese Studio, which mentioned a few months ago that $600,000 was received for the “Cooking Game Simulator” when it was included in Xbox Game Pass. And we’ve got another issue: Microsoft’s subscription offer should be last year $2.9 billion in revenue have earned.


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ARK Survival Evolved was released in August 2017 for PS4, PC and Xbox One before being released in June 2018 for Android and iOS and in November 2018 for Nintendo Switch. The game is an action-adventure with a strong focus on survival events, where players explore an open world with a dynamic day and night cycle.

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