What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...
QUOTE | "Xbox 360 exclusives are becoming fewer." — David Cole, analyst at DFC Intelligence, talks about Microsoft's overall entertainment and apps focus taking away from the company's securing game exclusives.
QUOTE | "Consoles are in trouble." — Gene Hoffman, CEO of Vindicia, in an industry panel at CES talking about digital distribution, streaming and next-generation consoles.
QUOTE | "We expect great software support for Wii U." — Scott Moffitt, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Nintendo of America, promising that the Wii U will have a steady flow of great software.
STAT | 8 percent — Amount game industry sales dropped in 2011 over 2010, counting only hardware and software sold in retail stores.
QUOTE | "I couldn't be more happy." — EA COO Peter Moore, describing how well the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic has gone so far.
QUOTE | "The waters in games journalism are actually pretty calm." — Peer Schneider, senior vice president of content publishing at IGN Entertainment, stating his belief that games journalism is undergoing less upheaval than other vertical markets.
QUOTE | "Streaming will not replace console gaming." — GameStop CEO Paul Raines, speaking about his company's Spawn Labs streaming technology and what it means to traditional gaming.
STAT | 1.7 million — Number of Xbox 360s sold by Microsoft in December, which meant it was the #1 selling console for the US for 2011.
QUOTE | "Tablets are turning out to be great gaming devices." — RW Baird Analyst Colin Sebastian, talking about the rumoured iPad 3 and how it will be a good for games.
QUOTE | "We should see new boxes in the market for Christmas of 2012." — Anonymous developer source noting when he expects to see new consoles from Microsoft and Sony.
STAT | 1 million — Number of copies of World of Goo downloaded through the App Store so far, with over 500,000 downloaded on Android.
This Week in the Business courtesy of IndustryGamers.com