Re: Games and all things related
^ Pretty much that.
From their games on Steam a publisher gets about 70% of the profits with Valve keeping 30% for their operating costs and some profit themselves, from retail stores it's the other way around. With retail stores taking that larger cut of 70% or more. Not to mention rubbing salt on the wound with the pre-owned stuff. As James said, from their own store they get the entire amount, with small amount going towards paying the operating cost and they're still charging full retail price, or in some cases even higher. Not to mention that PC games are generally cheaper in retail anyway, hell Crysis 2 is £13.91 on Amazon right now, around £20 in GAME (a UK games retail chain)... and £34.99 on Origin.