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Sony sees 60% ad boost from PSN videos

QA reality show The Tester may pull 3.5m downloads

Original series such as reality show The Tester have seen Sony's ad revenue from PSN video content rise by 60 per cent.

Sony hopes to attract 3.5 million downloads for the Tester, a PSN-exclusive series documenting a competition to become a games tester.

However, the PlayStation maker is cautious about moving too far into non-games content.

"There are more things coming, but you won't see a huge rollout... Original series are a more passive entertainment," Susan Panico, senior director for PlayStation Newtwork, told MediaWeek.

"They are a little out of our initial purview. For one thing, we didn't always have the capability to sell this content."

Sony had not sought to sell ads for last year's first season of The Tester, but this year its two-person PSN video sales team has arranged advertising and sponsorship deals with the likes of Ford, EA and the U.S. Air Force.

"We've really had to shift our mindset from a gaming company to a media company," said Panico. PSN's hike in ad revenue also stemmed from other original series such as Qore and The Pulse.

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Terence Gage Freelance writer 9 years ago


I keep seeing The Tester advertised, both on US PSN and when I go to YouTube. I can't say I've ever checked it out though; reality TV generally doesn't do anything for me.

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Private Industry 9 years ago
I`m not sure if I should feel bad or good about the people who have to go trough a reality show in order to get a job in QA.
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Shane Sweeney Academic 9 years ago
I watched the first season only to see the guest developers they brought on like David Jaffe.

But the show is terrible. But I don't think I am the market for it.
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