Sierra-Online Case

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Business

 

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Vicky M

 

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November 14, 2015

 

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University

 

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In this highly competitive marketplace, this capitalization ‘fooled’ investors and analysts into thinking that Sierra On-Line was a stronger investment than in actuality and was not completely reflective of the economics of the industry. When developing new products, the software industry has to establish a point where products become technologically feasible for actual production...
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Once established, they forecast future sales and defer other costs. This action played a large role in deeming the future success for software companies; this was especially integral to Sierra On-Line because at least 40% of its sales were attributed to new titles. SFAS No. 86 defined the guidelines for establishing this point on a product-by-product basis and describing the cost shifts from a complete expense write-off to a capitalized cost based on the amortization of future revenues...
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