What’s happened in the business of video games this past week …
QUOTE | “PS3 superslim could be a super stumble.” — Veteran games journalist Chris Morris writes that Sony is shooting itself in the foot by announcing the new design and not dropping prices.
QUOTE | “They love games. We need more of that. A lot more.” — Seamus Blackley, Xbox co-creator, talking with other industry luminaries about the retirement of BioWare founders Dr Ray Muzyka and Dr Greg Zeschuk.
QUOTE | “While I’m sure Dr Ray will do great things in the future and Dr Greg’s beers will be delicious, I doubt they’ll lead to me having a meaningful sexual relationship with an alien.” — Rachel Weber, journalist with GamesIndustry International, talking with other editors about the impact BioWare’s founders had on the industry.
QUOTE | “If they don’t feel like they’re getting their money’s worth they’re going to bitch.” — Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing for Bethesda, talking about why they’re being careful about micro-transactions in Elder Scrolls Online.
QUOTE | “There’s no such thing as an ‘average’, or even a ‘mainstream’ [gamer].” — Rob Fahey, former editor of GamesIndustry.biz, writing about whether the Tokyo Game Show is still relevant given the huge variety in gamers today.
QUOTE | “I look at ourselves as the Steam of social.” — Rob Dyer, VP of partner publishing at Zynga, talking about Zynga’s efforts to publish games by other developers on Facebook, the web and mobile platforms.
STAT | Nine per cent — Amount sales of NHL 13 have increased over last year’s first-week sales, according to EA; the publisher reported $US27 million in revenue was generated.
QUOTE | “With that will come more premium price points.” — Greg Canessa, VP of Mobile for Activision, predicting that games for tablets will have higher production values and longer play value and get more expensive.
QUOTE | “The work the console manufacturers do isn’t irrational.” — David Helgason, CEO of Unity, talking about their deal with Nintendo to bring Unity developers to the Wii U.
STAT | 400 million — Total number of users of the Google+ social network; the network has 41 different games available for users.
QUOTE | “It seems pretty amazing that a company like EA would pursue a course of action like that.” — Attorney Mark Methenitis, commenting on the lawsuit between EA and Zynga concerning copyright infringement in the social space.
STAT | $US25 million — Amount reportedly paid by Zynga for mid-core social game developer A Bit Lucky; all 20 of the company’s employees are now working at Zynga’s San Francisco headquarters.
This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International
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