What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...
QUOTE | "Activision should man up and buy Take-Two." — Asif Khan, analyst with Panoptic Management Consultants, on what Activision should do to make sure their sales numbers continue to look good.
QUOTE | "THQ is dancing on the edge of the abyss." — Steve Peterson, West Coast Editor for IndustryGamers, translating THQ's statements about their horrible third quarter losses and seeing what the company's prospects look like.
STAT | 3 per cent — Amount game industry sales in the US dropped in January 2012 versus sales in January 2011, following December's 21 per cent drop in sales.
QUOTE | "FIFA Ultimate Team could be as big as Call of Duty Elite alone." — Peter Moore, EA COO, talking in an exclusive interview about EA's digital content plans to keep one step ahead of Activision.
STAT | 18 per cent — Percentage of gamers in the US who regularly download games to their mobile devices, according to a new report from analyst firm Parks Associates.
QUOTE | "We are fundamentally pushing the whole game industry to go free-to-play." — David Perry, CEO of Gaikai, on why streaming games will be great for the game industry in a number of ways.
QUOTE | "Chinese, Korean and Japanese developers are much, much better at making the next 10 years of games than we are." — Gabriel Leydon, CEO of Addmired, noted this while saying that free-to-play games are going to take over from $US60 console games.
QUOTE | "It can be a bad thing." — CD Projekt's Adam Badowski, talking about the possibility of the Xbox 720 being able to ban used games.
QUOTE | "I would be happy to have more iOS titles priced around $US15." — Emeric Thoa, The Game Bakers' creative director, on why $US11.99 for the iOS version of the Dreamcast game SoulCalibur is a good price.
STAT | 12 per cent — Amount of Facebook's revenue that comes directly from games, according to the filing that Facebook made with the SEC before their upcoming IPO.
STAT | $US2.2 billion — Amount of sales Japanese mobile social game company Gree expects to rake in for its fiscal year ending June 2012, with operating profits of more than $US1 billion.
This Week in the Business courtesy of IndustryGamers.com