What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...
QUOTE | "It's highly unlikely that PS4 or the next Xbox will be backwards compatible." — Chris Morris, veteran game journalist, talking about what Sony needs to do to succeed with the PS4.
QUOTE | "EA: Best major publisher of 2012." — Metacritic's ranking of Electronic Arts versus all publishers who published more than 15 games in 2012; EA finished first with an average of 75.2 per cent.
QUOTE | "We are not ambitious to be the next THQ." — Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media, explaining why Koch Media bought Volition Inc. and Metro: Last Light in the THQ bankruptcy sale.
STAT | $US4.86 billion — Amount of revenue Activision brought in for 2012;the company only expects to make $US4.09 billion in 2013.
QUOTE | "The characters are not interesting, sound design is boring, everything is average." — Rovio's senior VP of brand marketing, Ville Hejari, recalling the first feedback Rovio heard about Angry Birds.
STAT | 12 million — Number of physical and digital units of Assassin's Creed III Ubisoft sold in 2012; that's 70 per cent more than Assassin's Creed Revelations sold.
QUOTE | "We have the largest total audience, with 298 million monthly average players, and 72 million on mobile alone." — Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga, talking about the company's improved outlook following a better-than-expected fourth quarter.
STAT | 100 million — Total number of Skylanders figures that have been sold so far in the US, according to Activision; the company revealed in its earnings call that the franchise has brought in over $US1 billion in total revenue.
STAT | 70 million — Number of kids worldwide that have registered for online site Moshi Monsters; one out of every two kids in the UK has registered, and it's currently the #1 toy brand there.
STAT | 1.6 per cent — Amount of the UK software market in January that the Wii U represented; that was less than the 2.2 per cent captured by the PS Vita.
This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International.
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