Executive Meddling: Possibly one of the least veiled examples. Shortly before Radical's decommisioning, a poll on their Prototype 2 Facebook page surveying which platform did users generally play their games on, presumably the ones interested in Prototype 2note since you know, it was asked on the PROTOTYPE 2 Facebook page. The poll shows PC users outnumbering the combined total of both Microsoft's and Sony's console users, so here is the kicker: Activision stated that the Prototype franchise "did not find a broad commercial audience"... when the potential majority of its would-be players were being held out on a platform that the game had yet to be released on. Of course, Activision has something of a reputation for the so-called devouring of lesser developers for whatever reasonsnote like, maybe relocate talents to assist in cranking out Cash Cow Franchise [[Call of Duty products at least once per year?, but this example shows that they've done very little to disguise anything or even attempt to be subtle.
Although according to VG Chartz (which granted, doesn't guarantee accuracy), PC sales were less than a tenth of the console sales (whether that was caused by the closure or not is unclear), and Facebook polls are not necessarily the most trustworthy information gathering method.