Pretty shocking how many people here fail to grasp some pretty simple economic realities. A large corporation, such as EA - an employee who is pulling in about 50k yearly paycheck costs roughly 2x that in benefits contributions and taxes. All the servers, routers, data circuits and so on are not one time purchases. There is ongoing maintenance, evergreening, facilities charges and utilities. Then there is the cost of the people who actually do that work. Different companies handle these things differently, we do it as chargebacks to the business. Monthly charges for CPU allocations, bandwidth, differing tiers of data storage. Just because you purchase a single server in 2005 for 8k does not mean that's the end of it. Then of course, there are taxes. You really have your head in the clouds if you think this game even gets the time of day in any planning sessions.