"I never thought that people who are really into games will go into skateboarding because skateboarding wasn't that popular," Hawk told the hosts. "It was bigger than I ever imagined, the fact that we got a sequel was a huge shock to me,"
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However, the biggest shock came when Hawk received his royalty check.
Hawk revealed that as his fourth game was being released in 2002, he learned that while his other three games were doing well, the first game remained the most profitable.
"My main contact at Activision asked to have lunch with me in LA when I was there one day, he's not the head guy but he was the guy definitely overseeing our games," Hawk said.
Hawk's contact revealed the original game was selling at incredible volumes.
"He was like 'so, things are way bigger than you ever thought' and he handed me a check for four million dollars," Hawk told The Nine Club.
The check amount was only Hawk's annual royalties from the game.