QUOTE | “Now the reality settles in. We have to deliver, we have extra pressure, and the team has too, but it’s a good pressure.” - Sony’s president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida, talking about how they felt after announcing The Last Guardian at E3. »
QUOTE | “There is no doubt in my mind that Bethesda is the clear ‘winner’ of this E3.” - ICO CEO Thomas Bidaux, analyzing the media coverage of E3 and finding Fallout 4 had more than 3500 articles, with Final Fantasy VII in second place with a little over 2000 articles. »
QUOTE | “Help us stop this atrocity of a game from bearing the beloved Metroid franchise name and make Nintendo halt production on it.” - Quote from a fan petition with 12,000 signatures so far, regarding Nintendo’s upcoming Metroid Prime: Federation Force game for the 3DS. »
QUOTE | “It’s not worth paying for Paris Hilton.” - EA Mobile’s general manager Bill Mooney, explaining why not all celebrity brands are worth licensing for mobile games. »
QUOTE | “At that point, we’re asking people to part with their money, and they should not be getting a broken product.” - Tripwire VP Alan Wilson, explaining why he thinks Steam’s Early Access program is being abused by some developers. »
QUOTE | “You look at the relatively thin field at the top and we’ve sort of died and gone to heaven in terms of the opportunity.” - Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, explaining that they see themselves as #3 out of only four companies making AAA games. »
The developers of StandPoint were surprised to wake up on Monday and discover their game was being sold for $1 on a flash deal site. They’ve tried to end their publishing contract for months, alleging they haven’t been paid. Suddenly, that same company was apparently trying to cash-in.
QUOTE | “I think the old publishing model has died, where it’s just a bunch of suits and they’re doing marketing. It’s changed dramatically.” - Stardock CEO Brad Wardell, explaining why developers need a full partner to help bring games to market. »
STAT | $3.7 million – Amount of revenue Mixi’s mobile game Monster Strike made per day last quarter, according to the company’s earnings report; that’s an increase of 829% in revenue over the previous year’s quarter.
QUOTE | “Getting people sick isn’t a choice.” - Valve’s Chet Faliszek, talking about how the future of VR depends on finding a solution to motion sickness in its users. »
QUOTE | “I suspect that Apple would be ecstatic if 90 percent of game developers disappeared overnight. See also: Steam.” - Indie developer Jeff Vogel, explaining why he walked away from iOS development after his game Avernum 2 was pulled from the App Store. »
QUOTE | “Holy fuck, it’s got harder.” - Developer Cliff Harris, who just launched Gratutitous Space Battles 2 on Steam, talking about the big difference between releasing a game in 2013 and releasing a game today. »
QUOTE | “The real issue is by 2019 whether Sony and Microsoft will still be relevant in the game space.” - Analyst David Cole, talking about his company’s new global industry report which lowers their forecast for consoles and raises it for PC and mobile games. »
QUOTE | “I don’t think VR is a now thing. I’m not saying it’s five years from now, but it’s not really a now now thing.” - Xbox head Phil Spencer, talking about why Microsoft is sitting on the VR sidelines right now. »
STAT | $501 million – Amount of money that MOBAs will earn in the USA this year, according to EEDAR; this will be greater the the $499 million expected from MMORPGs, and the $237 million expected from shooters. »
QUOTE | "I'm scared as a game developer to think about making a game." - Mike Capps, former president of Epic Games, talking about how hard it is to make a hit game these days and why he's not starting a new game studio. »