What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...
QUOTE | "Microsoft could launch a new Xbox Live tier." -- Veteran journalist Chris Morris talks about the implications of Microsoft's subsidized $US99 Xbox deal with Xbox Live two-year subscription.
STAT | 32 per cent -- Amount US video game sales (for hardware and software combined) dropped in April over the same month last year, down to $US630.4 million.
QUOTE | "The death knell is ringing for boxed software." -- Matt Spall, game industry veteran, talking about how dedicated game hardware is dying.
QUOTE | "As a consumer the prices being talked about look like a sucker deal to me." -- David Cole of DFC Intelligence, talking about the Xbox 360 for $US99 deal that Microsoft has just introduced.
QUOTE | "Mobile has become a peer to PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo systems." -- EA CEO John Riccitiello talking about the huge importance of mobile gaming in a presentation at CTIA Wireless.
QUOTE | "While the industry loves the Vita, consumers simply don't seem to care about it." -- Rob Fahey, veteran game journalist, talking about how Sony has only sold 1.8 million PS Vitas so far and why.
QUOTE | "Any serious game developer needs to explore HTML5." -- GameDuell's Michael Kalkowski and Jonas Gebhardt talking about the problems and myths around HTML5 and its future in mobile and web games.
QUOTE | "The relationship between developer and publisher has changed forever." -- Chris Ulm, Appy Entertainment CEO, and other developers talk about whether publishers are necessary for mobile games.
QUOTE | "We want people to see it as the best pre-order incentive in the business." -- Jon Brooke, brand director for IO Interactive, talking about the Sniper Challenge pre-order incentive for Hitman: Absolution.
STAT | 80 per cent -- Amount that Konami's profits rose for their fiscal year ending in March, even though sales rose only three percent because of their social games.
QUOTE | "I'd be terrified to be marketing games right now." -- Seamus Blackley, co-creator of the Xbox, talking about the huge changes in the game industry.
QUOTE | "Xbox 360 and PS3... next-gen replacements will be built very much with cost in mind." -- Richard Leadbetter, tech specialist at Eurogamer, talking about how the new consoles will not make the same technical leap as the last generation.
STAT | 300 million -- Number of downloads of Storm8 games on Android and iOS, reaching more than 100 million mobile devices or more than one out of five devices.
QUOTE | "Become the leading pure-play digital entertainment company." -- Electronic Arts' new mission, as stated in their end-of-the-year earnings call with stock analysts.
This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International
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