Spa-Francorchamps is Not in GT Sport (Yet) Because of Licensing Issues

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  1. phil_75

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  2. Lazybike

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    I guess FIA involvement is a double edged sword, it's great that it legitimise's esport, but they want their say on tracks etc..
     
  3. TonyJZX

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    Arent these games like many multiple 10s of millions USD to make?

    eg. we know something like GTA5 cost $300 mil.

    Surely then every iteration of Forza FM or FH or GT5/6 would at least be in the $10-$20 mil. each? More? Wouldnt be less.

    So in that light, how much can a track cost to license? Cant be that much in the overall scheme of things?
     
  4. aguia

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    Multilicate this post,,,
     
  5. GTCam

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    Interesting that PD would spend time and effort rescanning the track, and/or updating the track for PS4 use when the deal wasn’t done.

    Maybe the rights owners got wind of the demand on this site and increased the price.
     
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    I like Spa. Long track, fast sections, long corners, uphill, downhill and watching replays in GT6 were cool.
     
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    Forza didn't have Toyota.

    BS.

    Every other game has it.
     
  8. D-Max

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    and that instantly means they all paid the same price?

    BS

    No one ever paid a higher price for anything because they had a higher social standing
     
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  9. RACECAR

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    Funny that this wasn't the same comment made when SMS couldn't get Suzuka.

    Guess you don't believe in the idea that suddenly, the price for licensing something could go up because someone decided to play hardball with certain others?
     
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    If I was the on the board of directors for Spa then you would look at the projected sales figures for that game and the ability of that game company to pay.

    For something like Project Cars then you may the sales figures werent projected to be good and the company wasnt as established as a Sony or MS or EA.

    If you have a game expected to sell 5 mil. copies and be the standard bearer for the PS4 and your parent company is Sony then maybe you ask for more money?

    But IMO how much money are we talking? 5 figs? 6 figs?
     
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    FYI Forza 6 has the new Ford GT on their cover first and not EA's back then. Research and try again next time.....
     
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  12. 2clicks

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    Maybe this is everyone giving PD some comeuppance for the way they're handling the Suzuka license. :lol:
     
  13. TonyJZX

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    Someone on r/granturismo says the Spa authority wanted $2 mil. - not sure if I believe that.
     
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    Well, is there a source for that? Obviously not.
     
  15. gtpierre

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    Why do people care so much about spa? I mean it's a cool track, but so are at least 10 other real tracks, and I can think of at least 5 original track which would be as good.
    Do you really want PD to waste millions just to obtain the rights for a track, or would you prefer PD to use these millions to develop other tracks and fix the penalty system ?
     
  16. TonyJZX

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    Its irrelevant what track it is if they drip feed them once a month... it its piecemeal then it may as well be Spa.

    I dont think its a 1 x Spa vs. 10 x anything else, even PD originals.
     
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    People do forgot to read this part of the article....
    PD and Sony being the millionaire and could afford rights of Spa is not the issue. It's basically licensee playing politics and PD / Sony won't bother with it.
     
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  18. Downhill Dino

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    I remember that being said way back in GT5 days or maybe GT6. Dated info with no real source I think.
     
  19. LegendofGT

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    Exactly!
     
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  20. pviana

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    I've got mixed feelings about these licensing contracts with or without exclusivity.

    But fine, there are so many many tracks and very good ones around the world, it could help to promote more those tracks and the game itself.

    http://www.racingcircuits.info/europe/portugal/

    Like Portugal, my only memory from Estoril resides on F1 games.
     
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    No point in having all these tracks if PD doesn’t use them though lol which is evidently clear in recent daily race schedules
     
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    Spa is good. Spa is a circuit.

    Spa is a very famous autodrome.

    Spa has a very expensive license.

    I like to talk about Spa.

    But some people do not like Spa.

    So, everybody talks about Spa.

    Spa confirmed?
     
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  23. Muller_cj

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    I would rather they spend the money with lotus and bring those cars to the game
     
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  24. TurismoBad

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    If that's the case Spa owners can go and shove it in a pee hole - plenty of tracks around the world.
     
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    It definitely could be a lot in the grand scheme of things, and even if it isn't then paying over the odds for one track could lead to the owners of other locations requesting more and more money for licensing. It's a smart move by PD, even if it does frustrate me as I'm a fan of Spa!
     
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    Suzuka owners handle the Suzuka license.
     
  27. Bohemis09

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    Never understood why companies want to make even more money over licensing. Why ask so much for a license in which you gain almost nothing. I understand that as company you give away a valuable asset (license) in exchange with money, but why on earth you charge it 2 or 3 times over others licenses.
     
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    Because of greed, people want more.

    I know people are going to say well they have a right to make money.

    But if owners of Spa love ripping people off due to their greed that means other tracks can be alternatives.

    Sometimes licensing is a headache to point where both parties dont bother and talks either get stalled or closed.

    Only thing this Spa will come if both parties come to a compromise.
     
  29. Matthew_Bogus

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    Spa but is a great track, but give me Ascari or Midfield or any lesser known track (original or real) I haven't played before. PD are doing the right thing by holding back, it makes good business sense - think the long term.

    It's seems some people just want all the tracks we've previously had, and negate how good the new original tracks are!
     
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  30. Famine

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    Spa is a long, complicated and expensive track to maintain - and spent a considerable sum changing the layout and upgrading the facilities not all that long ago - not to mention the cost of hosting events there (like paying F1 to host F1). It needs money to survive, and quite a lot of money at that.

    It also has an extremely high profile as one of the most challenging and exciting race courses in the world, which it's not unreasonable to expect the owners to try to leverage.