What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...
QUOTE | "Retail's worst nightmare is coming true." — Former GamesIndustry.biz editor Rob Fahey, talking about the horrible year game retailing had in 2012 and what the future holds as digital takes over.
QUOTE | "We'll be able to compete with any AAA game out there." — Chris Roberts, designer of the famed Wing Commander series, talking about the graphics of his partly crowd-funded game Star Citizen.
QUOTE | "I would rather not compare it to Guitar Hero... I'd rather compare it to a sports franchise." — Tony Key, senior VP of sales and marketing at Ubisoft, talking about why they will release a new version of Just Dance every year.
QUOTE | "All the preconceived notions and console paradigms a lot of us brought in trying to do core for mobile is now sloughing away." — Industrial Toys president Tim Harris, talking about how their new shooter Morning Star for iOS will re-invent mobile shooters.
QUOTE | "The other thing that's really important, besides big spenders, is commitment really matters." — Emily Greer, COO and co-founder of Kongregate, talking about where the money is in free-to-play games.
QUOTE | "The industry needs to continue to create new IP, because it will get stale and old fast, and consumers will go to a different industry." — Tim Willits, studio director at id Software, talking about the need for new IP even before a new console cycle.
QUOTE | "It is doing an order of magnitude greater revenue daily than any of our other titles." — John Smedley, president of SOE, talking about the success of the Planetside 2 free-to-play game on PS3.
STAT | 10 — Number of the top 10 highest-grossing iPhone apps that are games, according to Apple; 7 of the top 10 highest-grossing iPad apps are games.
STAT | 450,000 — Number of subscribers to EVE Online on its 10th anniversary; the game has grown every year since its launch, according to publisher CCP.
QUOTE | "Claymation is quite a ridiculous idea to do if you're not geared up to do it." — Animator Chris Roe of Fat Pebble, talking about their new iOS game ClayJam, entirely done in claymation.
STAT | 48 per cent — Percentage of gamers that play online games in the US; this compares to the 42 per cent who play console games
QUOTE | "If you go to some of the Android stores it's extraordinary, it's incredible, it's like the Wild West." — Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion, talking about why the industry's negative over-reaction to Windows 8 isn't justified when compared to an open platform like Android.
This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International
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