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Profit and Loss Statement (P&L): According to Investopedia.com, a P&L is a financial statement that summarizes the revenues, costs and expenses incurred during a period of time – usually a fiscal quarter or year. In terms of game development, publishers or investors review a game’s P&L statement in order to project a game’s profitability. Compiling a P&L can often reveal much in the way of a game’s development costs and projected income. Publishing companies can choose to greenlight or cancel a game project based on these figures.

Examples of usage:

  • “The costs listed in the P&L are quite high. Do you see any way we can bring those costs down?”
  • “The subscription numbers in the P&L seem unrealistic. I don’t think that many people would subscribe to this game.”

References: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/plstatement.asp#axzz2088GPUPL Retrieved on 7/9/2012.

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