‘PlayStation Vita Is Currently Selling More Slowly Than Dreamcast’

What’s happened in the business of video games this past week …

QUOTE | “PlayStation Vita is currently selling more slowly than Dreamcast.” — Dan Pearson, European deputy editor of GamesIndustry International, talking about Vita’s weak sales in Japan and discussing with other journalists what the PS Vita needs to do to succeed.

QUOTE | “Sony needs to drop the price of the PS3.” — RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian discusses with other analysts whether Sony should (or can) issue a price cut on PS3 this Christmas season.

QUOTE | “Sometimes it’s really difficult to predict what players don’t want.” — Chris Avellone, Creative Director for Obsidian Entertainment, talking about why designing Project Eternity with community involvement is so much better.

QUOTE | “Activision tried to be greedy, mixing and matching the best of all possible worlds.” — Rob Fahey, former editor of GamesIndustry.biz, talking about Activision’s failed attempt to get subscription revenue from Call of Duty Elite.

STAT | Five per cent — Percentage of the total internet bandwidth of the US that people watching the streaming videos of the League of Legends Season 2 semi-finals took up.

QUOTE | “We don’t mind it if the truth is uncomfortable, if we can back it up with facts.” — Alex Hutchinson, creative director for Assassin’s Creed III, talking about how the game deals with issues like slavery and treatment of Native Americans.

QUOTE | “Publishers have tried very hard not to give any upside. It’s morally wrong and it’s not good business.” — Dominic Wheatley of Kuju, long-time game industry exec, talking about why they won’t be doing exploitative development deals.

STAT | 94 per cent — Amount that Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division’s income fell in the last quarter; the division shipped 1.7 million Xboxes, compared to 2.3 million in the same quarter last year.

STAT | $US180,000 — Amount of money brought in by the first of several auctions of 38 Studios assets following its bankruptcy; the company owes $US150.7 million to creditors.

QUOTE | “Zero. None. Not a peep from investors, from the press, or internally.” — Zynga general counsel Reggie Davis, talking about the reaction to Zynga’s signing on to the legal brief challenging the defence of the US Marriage Act.

QUOTE | “We want to approach the quality of pro sports in our competitions and broadcasts.” — Riot President Marc Merrill, talking about their plans for making League of Legends even better.

STAT | 85 per cent — Percentage of social game players that quit after one day, according to Playnomics; other info from the study showed that 95 per cent became inactive over time.

QUOTE | “We are the software version of pigeon fanciers, selecting desirable traits to amplify and undesirable ones to eliminate.” — Tomas Rawlings, games consultant and creative director, talking about how games are evolving and might lose innovation as a result.

This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International

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