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InkPanther: 2014 numbers in Excel! They're mainly in the last sheet and somebody smarter than me may find them meaningful.
And here's a presentation with neatly arranged numbers for 2014 - I could only find one in Polish, sorry.

It looks like in 2014 GOG costs increased disproportionately to sales revenues which basically resulted in 25% lower net profit compared to 2013. I suspect that maintaining service for growing number of customers and creating a whole new Galaxy requires some investments.** Or maybe they're simply pouring resources into fixing an empty space on a gameshelf.

Yearly changes of GOG net profit according to presentations on cdprojekt.com:
2012 - 2013 - 2014
8247 - 9515 - 7107 (values are in thousand PLN I think)

** You're welcome to correct my brilliant speculations.
According to that spreadsheet, GOG also had $5,000 of deferred revenue in 2014, so the 2014 profit figures understate how much they actually made. On the surface, it looks like GOG is growing.

But it remains good practice to keep offline backups of games you don't want to lose.
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darkness58ec: Like most people I think, I like that my games are in the cloud. It is more convenient than storing them on physical media and it is safer, in case that physical device is lost or destroyed.
Whether games stored in someone else's servers are safer is highly debatable, and actually what you are sort of pondering about in this thread. No company however large or small is ever 100% safe. Big industry giants have fallen and fallen hard and fast in the past. This is why I consider all my Steam games which are not DRM-free to be a license for long term rental, as there are no guarantees as to whether the will be available in 5, 10, 15+ years time.

Personally, I feel a lot safer having all my DRM-free games and other media backed up on my own physical devices with multiple redundancy. This is one of the primary advantages of buying DRM-free, in my opinion. If you think the chances of losing all your redundant physical backups at once are higher than a company going under, then you might also consider making use of a cloud storage solution and additionally backing up all your information there.

As to GOG's fiscal future, do look at CD Projekt's financial statements as they are a publicly traded company. I'm not an analyst, but the trend does seem to imply growth. However, as stated before, no company is ever 100% immune to catastrophic events and changing market conditions, so prepare accordingly and you won't suffer so much if and when it happens... like those poor souls who lost everything at Enron, Bernie Madoff, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, Blockbuster Video, Woolworths, Pan Am, etc. etc...
Post edited April 03, 2015 by the.kuribo