QUOTE | "The PC is decimating console, just through price. Free-to-play has killed a hundred AAA studios." - Veteran Doom designer John Romero, on how the advance of free-to-play games has permanently changed the games business.
Elsewhere in the business of video games this past week ...
QUOTE | "We talk about monetization ten times more than we talk about community and that is fucking backwards." - Laralyn McWilliams, CCO at The Workshop, explaining why free-to-play games should be focused on the player experience.
QUOTE | "I went to E3 for the networking, but I see the entire thing as largely a waste of money. It's a model that's eventually going to die." - Former Epic Games designer Cliff Bleszinski, talking about how the game industry has changed.
QUOTE | "Unfortunately, you can't necessarily feel super safe around even a signed contract or a signed gig." - Choice Provisions co-founder Mike Roush, describing the deadly perils that await small game developers.
STAT | 12% – The amount that the console and PC game market segment will decline by 2019, from $46.5 billion worldwide to $41 billion, according to Juniper Research; despite that drop Juniper expects console and PC games combined will be still be more than half of all gaming revenues.
QUOTE | "If you're asking the question of 'I'm wondering whether I'm making my next game free-to-play' the answer is no. If you have to ask the question you are un-fucking-prepared." - Morgan Jaffit, director of Defiant Development, advising developers to avoid free-to-play games unless they have plenty of experience.
STAT | 50% – Amount that interest in purchasing a Wii U rose after E3, according to a survey by IHS and Gamer Network; around one thousand core gamers were surveyed before and after the show, with Nintendo showing the biggest gain and the PS4 losing interest to its competitors.
QUOTE | "Maybe the old publishing model was just hard for me, because I'm someone who doesn't like to be told what to do." - Double Fine's Tim Schafer, talking about why the company is starting a publishing service to help other developers."
QUOTE | "I kind of see it as being akin to when the stylus came out for the DS. It opened games up." - Amazon Fire Phone developer HotGen's Darren Anderson, explaining why the Fire Phone's Dynamic Perspective feature is important for games.
QUOTE | "It was a strong start to the year for Electronic Arts." - EA CEO Andrew Wilson, summing up the company's quarter ended June 30 that showed a profit instead of the loss shown last year due to strong sales of Titanfall.
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