STAT | $794 million - The staggering size of Magic Leap’s latest investment round. The augmented reality company has yet to even announce a commercial product, but is already valued at $4.5 billion.
QUOTE | “It seems The Witness is the #1 game on a certain popular torrent site. Unfortunately this will not help us afford to make another game!” - Indie developer Jonathan Blow talking about the unfortunate levels of piracy that he’s seen for his much-praised new game The Witness.
QUOTE | “I’m thrilled to welcome undoubtedly the most recognizable and accomplished figure in the culinary world to Glu’s family of celebrity partners.” Niccolo de Masi, CEO of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood publisher Glu Mobile, announcing his latest obnoxious celebrity signing, Gordon Ramsay.
QUOTE | “We don’t want to dig too big a hole.” - Oculus VP of product Nate Mitchell, explaining why the company isn’t selling the Rift hardware below cost, at least for now.
QUOTE | “[Shinra Technologies] has found no prospective investors at this point, and therefore has to discontinue its business.” - Square Enix, explaining why it shuttered the cloud-gaming subsidiary founded by former Square Enix president Yoichi Wada.
QUOTE | “It’s simply the most ambitious game we’ve ever created at Lionhead.” - An explanation for Fable Legends’ latest delay, as posted on the game’s official website by Lionhead Studios, a company founded by Peter Molyneux.
QUOTE | “I can assure you we’re not building the next version of Wii or Wii U. It’s something unique and different. It’s something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base.” - Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, emphasizing that the Nintendo…
QUOTE | “Star Wars is a thing that shaped my whole life. You get invited to join the team? There’s only one answer, ‘Yes.’” - EA Visceral creative lead Amy Hennig talks about the allure of Star Wars bringing her to work at EA.
QUOTE | “The game was a failure. We could not do, in good conscience, volume 2 and volume 3.” - Steve Escalante, GM of Afro Samurai 2 publisher Versus Evil, explaining why the game was pulled from PSN and refunds issues to all customers.
QUOTE | “If you want to talk about who is getting bum raps I think Nintendo got some pretty harsh tokes.” - Capy Games president Nathan Vella, saying the Wii U maker deserves more credit for the way it treats indies.
QUOTE | “…Activision got them cheaply…” - Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter giving his thumbs up to Activision’s $5.9 billion purchase of Candy Crush Saga maker King.
QUOTE | “We are also continuing to invest in Kinect, and are looking forward to launching the Cortana personal assistant on Xbox One in 2016.” - Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, stressing that Kinect isn’t dead even as Microsoft lets first-party software support sink to Vita-like levels and discounts the…
QUOTE | “Ultimately, everybody to some degree is sipping from the Kool-Aid because you don’t want to be the one that rains on the parade.” - Superdata CEO Joost van Dreunen explaining why all the market research around developing fields like eSports and VR tends to be relentlessly optimistic.
QUOTE | “It doesn’t matter what it will cost. If it costs too much this week it will cost the right amount a year from now.” - Oculus head of worldwide studios Jason Rubin, talking about why he’s a great believer in the future of VR despite the initial costs.
QUOTE | “Some of those sharp edges are sometimes the very thing that makes the game compelling. Games aren’t really supposed to be easy at all times.” - Former Blizzard chief creative officer Rob Pardo, talking about how to get the right balance of frustration and reward in games.
QUOTE | “We weren’t expecting this many people would buy a PlayStation 4.” - Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida, head of worldwide studios, talking about why DriveClub didn’t have enough resources because Sony didn’t expect as many players as they got.
QUOTE | “Just as the line between gamer and non-gamer has been destroyed, I think the distinction between console and mobile will become less distinct over time.” - Scopely’s Walter Driver thinks Apple TV is just one more step toward an ultimate convergence in gaming.
QUOTE | “I think one of the things that we won’t be looking to do very soon is World of Dancing Unicorns.” - Wargaming’s head of EU marketing Keith Anderson, talking about what new games Wargaming will and will not be working on.
QUOTE | “I think some of that was predictable and preventable. If I’m just honest I would say that.” - Former Xbox exec Robbie Bach, talking about the initial problems the Xbox One had that have since improved.