This Week in the Business: 'Sony's Bad-Mouthing Microsoft at Every Corner'

What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...

QUOTE | "Sony's bad-mouthing Microsoft at every corner."—Indie developer Guillaume Boucher-Vidal talks about his frustrations and why he lashed out at Sony and fellow developer Team Meat in an apology letter.

QUOTE | "Xbox Live Arcade's health is flagging."—Ron Carmel of 2D Boy (World of Goo) describes at length why developers are leaving Xbox Live Arcade, partially because working with Microsoft is "excruciating."

QUOTE | "iPhone 4S like a console game in the palm of your hand."—Namco Bandai's Executive Producer of mobile entertainment, Jonathan Kromrey, is one of numerous developers lavishing praise upon Apple's next iPhone.

QUOTE | "WoW had no competition for 7 years."—Trion Worlds CEO Lars Buttler talks about the success of his company's fantasy MMO Rift, which he says is the "most serious competitor WoW's ever had."

QUOTE | "Gamers losing faith in the house that Mario built."—Veteran columnist Chris Morris examines the mounting challenges Nintendo faces with Wii U and outlines five major hurdles.

STAT | 15 million—The number of Kindle Fire units that Strategy Analytics estimates will be sold by 2013, as Amazon's new tablet is seen as a viable competitor to the iPad.

QUOTE | "A world in which everybody plays games."—EA and Digital Chocolate founder Trip Hawkins discusses the evolution of the business from consoles to mobile and browser-based titles, and how it's opened up gaming to everyone.

QUOTE | "The first generation of social games."—EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich asserts that the social games sector is about to enter the next generation as genres mature and games improve.

QUOTE | "Really maximizing the value of PS3 and PSN."—Susan Panico, senior director of PlayStation Network at SCEA, explains how Sony's luring developers to PSN and securing exclusives by giving developers plenty of promotion.

STAT | 17 percent—The jump in game downloads among kids in the last two years, as NPD says that kids are increasingly looking towards digital entertainment.

QUOTE | "Mobile right up there with anything else."—BioWare co-founder Dr. Greg Zeschuk talks about his company's interest in making more mobile extensions to BioWare's top franchises.

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