Microsoft and GameStop strengthen their relationship and seal the deal with the closest thing to a blood pact for two separate companies: sharing revenues.
GameStop first announced a "one-year strategic multi-partnership " with Microsoft last week, focusing on how store workers would use Microsoft devices Surface and how Microsoft services would now power its backend. He also explained how GameStop would sell the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S via Microsoft 's Xbox All Access , and that GameStop and Microsoft will benefit from "lifetime earnings value " from players who buy into the Xbox ecosystem.
Sounds great, right? That 's all the press release had to say about the detail, so Ars " Technica interviewed a few analysts who had spoken with GameStop management to confirm what this means exactly.
"The way this will work is for every Microsoft Xbox console sold. by GameStop. forward, GameStop will get a percentage of the revenue from every full digital game download, DLC, microtransaction and all subions as well, "explained Anthony Chukumba, analyst at Loop Capital.
The remaining question is to find out what size of a revenue share GameStop will grab it sells Xbox consoles - and if it's really all consoles or just offers associated withAll Access. This could mean the difference between a nice bonus in return for using more Microsoft products on the business side or a whole new business approach for an era of ever-increasing game downloads. Neither GameStop nor Microsoft are ready to share this detail so far.
It 'It should be stressed again that these are second hand reports from independent analysts rather than official words from the companies in question. Microsoft has declined requests for comment on the topic, so that may be all we have until GameStop decides to share more information for itself.
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