Sega claiming nearly $1M from Company of Heroes 2 preorders
Publisher wants money from THQ's reservations on WWII real-time strategy game; Steam pre-sales figures revealed
THQ's bankruptcy has precipitated claims for more than $200 million from the publisher, but one of those claims is providing an interesting peek at Steam sales figures. As reported by Eurogamer, Sega has filed a claim for more than $941,000 in payments Valve made to THQ for preorders of Company of Heroes 2, which Sega purchased from the defunct publisher (along with developer Relic) at auction.
The bankruptcy claim includes a Steam sales report for Company of Heroes 2, with units sold and revenue earned from preorders for each version of the game from September 2012 through January 2013. All together, Steam sold 20,755 copies of the game for nearly $1.35 million, with Sega's claim of $941,000 being the amount left after Valve takes its cut of each sale. Just over 14,000 of those preorders, or about 75 percent of the whole, were for the basic game, which sells for $60. The remaining quarter of unit sales were accounted for by the $100 Digital Collector's Edition. Given its premium pricing, preorders for the Digital Collector's Edition account for 35 percent of the revenue Sega is seeking in its claim.
Sega's claim on THQ's assets is among the largest from gaming companies. Double Fine Productions filed for $595,000 in royalties for Costume Quest and Stacking, while Codemasters sought $1 million for royalties on Dirt 3 and other titles. However, it is dwarfed by some other claimants. Mattel filed for $12.75 million for unmet contractual obligations, while former THQ CEO Brian Farrell said he was owed $6.4 million in damages for termination without cause.