What’s happened in the business of video games this past week …
QUOTE | “The Vita is almost DOA.” — Richard Browne, industry veteran and former Sony exec, talking about how Sony has fallen on hard times but can still come back.
QUOTE | “Games suck, frankly. Compared to where they could be, all games suck.” — Randy Pitchford, co-founder and CEO of Gearbox Software, talking about what drives him to keep making games.
QUOTE | “Pretty much everyone with their head on straight at Zynga acknowledges the Zynga hate.” — Zynga employee commenting during a Reddit appearance by two of Zynga Mobile’s designers.
QUOTE | “The trailer appears to strongly sexualise and fetishise not just its disposable female characters, but also the actual act of killing them.” — Rob Fahey, veteran game journalist, addressing the controversy over the Hitman: Absolution trailer.
QUOTE | “Laying people off is the worst thing imaginable.” — Danny Bilson, former executive VP of core games for THQ, talking about how his job has been difficult this year just before he was laid off himself.
STAT | $US493 million — Amount that Infinity Ward has received over the years from Activision for Call of Duty-related bonuses.
QUOTE | “The relevance of E3 diminishes and will continue to diminish.” — Neil Young, ngmoco CEO, talking about how E3 just doesn’t matter to the overall game industry the way it used to.
QUOTE | “Nintendo is running on a radically different strategy to everyone else.” — Rob Fahey, veteran game journalist, talking about what Nintendo has to deliver for the Wii U at the big rollout coming up.
STAT | #1 — Rank of Skylanders among all handheld and console franchises for 2012 thus far, according to NPD figures, counting the revenue from games, toys, and accessories.
STAT | 67 million — Number of Xbox 360 consoles sold since 2005, according to the latest figures released by Microsoft.
QUOTE | “I think the console business is going to continue to shrink.” — Trip Hawkins, founder of Electronic Arts, 3DO and Digital Chocolate, talking about the future of the game industry and the next big thing.
QUOTE | “They tried to make games based around sex rather than games based around comedy.” — Paul Trowe, president of Replay Games, talking about why Vivendi’s attempts to replicate the success of Leisure Suit Larry failed.
STAT | 10 million — Number of downloads of Remedy’s Death Rally, available for iOS and Android, with 100 million play sessions so far.
This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International.
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