What’s happened in the business of video games this past week …
QUOTE | “The next generation of consoles will be the last, and they should be.” — David Jaffe, designer of God of War and Twisted Metal, talking about how consoles are going the way of the dinosaurs.
STAT | Five years — Maximum jail term in South Korea for selling virtual goods online, as the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism tries to crack down on teenage crime.
QUOTE | “The ultraviolence has to stop. We have to stop loving it.” — Warren Spector, veteran game designer, talking about his impressions of E3 and the amount of violent games he saw there.
STAT | $US5.5 million — Amount of money thatgamecompany, creators of Flower and Journey, has raised in funding to release its games independently in the future.
QUOTE | “PC will just continue to be a strong platform for gaming.” — Sid Meier, legendary game designer, talking about designing games and the future of games.
QUOTE | “It’s our brand that’s at risk here.” — Sony’s European head, Jim Ryan, talking about the PlayStation Mobile initiative to put PlayStation branded games on Android devices.
QUOTE | “We’re going to be in the Star Wars business for 10 years, who knows?” — Frank Gibeau, head of EA Labels, talking about Star Wars: The Old Republic and whether they may go fully free-to-play some day.
STAT | Five million — Number of copies EA is looking to sell of Dead Space 3 by bringing the franchise to a wider audience.
QUOTE | “Zynga is terrified of mobile — a platform where it won’t enjoy the dominance it did on Facebook.” — Rob Fahey, veteran game journalist, on the problems Zynga faces as it loses players and its stock sinks.
QUOTE | “It’s always shocked me about how little Microsoft cared about the Windows platform.” — Peter Molyneux, game designer and former Lionhead boss, talking about how Microsoft has really ignored PC games.
STAT | 440,000 — Number of units of Max Payne 3 sold in the US in its first month, which is well below the 600,000 units analysts had expected.
QUOTE | “If E3 is no longer even the best place in the world to announce video games, then what on earth is it for?” — Johnny Minkley, ace game writer and broadcaster, talking about how there were few surprises at E3.
This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International
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