This Week in the Business: 'PlayStation is the Most Powerful Game Brand in the World'

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

QUOTE | "PlayStation is the most powerful game brand in the world."—Jack Buser, Director of PlayStation Home, gives his obviously biased opinion on Sony's gaming brand at a CES panel on the future of consoles.

QUOTE | "I think it's over, and Zynga won."—Tim Chang, Managing Director of the Mayfield Fund, talking about the social games market at a CES panel on new gaming technologies.

QUOTE | "Nintendo has yet another well thought out and quirky interface."—Asif Khan & Adam Kraus of Panoptic Management Consultants, on why the Wii U will be successful.

STAT | 88%—Percentage of consumers playing games weekly on their smartphones from a panel of experts at CES talking about mobile gaming.

QUOTE | "If Zelda could have patented the adventure game design, we likely wouldn't be where we are today."—Attorney Mark Methenitis talking about why copying game designs is legal and should remain that way.

QUOTE | "Don't expect Diablo III any time real soon."—Steve Peterson, RPG designer and West Coast Editor for IndustryGamers, discussing how the fundamental changes to the Diablo III game design can mean a long delay.

QUOTE | "We'll review your app if you buy some ads."—Shannon Drake, account coordinator for Evolve PR, discussing what some shady sites have told him in order to get business.

QUOTE | "There's an interest in the real money gambling market."—Zynga, acknowledging they are looking into creating a gambling site as soon as it's legal.

STAT | 44.9%—US smartphone market share held by iPhones, according to market research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, compared to 44.8% for Android smartphones.

QUOTE | "I don't think Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft will disappear from the gaming market; quite the opposite."—Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox, responding to widespread commentary on his remarks about DRM.

STAT | 37.04 million—Number of iPhones sold in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to Apple's latest earnings report, where they also revealed revenue of $46.3 billion for those three months.

This Week in the Business courtesy of IndustryGamers.com

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