This Week in the Business: The Clueless Gamer Responds

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QUOTE | "These Clueless Gamer segments are not serious reviews nor endorsements ... We do not believe sponsorship identification is needed."—Unnamed representative for Conan O'Brien's show, responding to the news that Red Barrels paid $35,000 to have their game Outlast featured on the segment.


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

QUOTE | "[Nintendo] should consider getting out of the Wii U business, and consider going back to the drawing board on consoles."—Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, responding to the news that Nintendo expects to sell only 2.8 million Wii U's this year.

STAT | 3.9 million—Number of Xbox Ones Microsoft shipped before the end of 2013, according to the company's latest earnings report; Microsoft also sold 3.5 million Xbox 360's during that time.

QUOTE | "The legal protection covers only the technological measures intended to prevent or eliminate unauthorised acts of reproduction, communication, public offer or distribution."—EU court ruling that some devices that circumvent console copy protection may be legal, in a case between Nintendo and a mod chip seller."

STAT | 1.1 million—Number of concurrent players of World of Tanks recently, according to Wargaming; worldwide the game has over 75 million players, with the Xbox 360 planned.

QUOTE | "Just how long can Nintendo keep its head in the sand with respects to mobile?"—Nintendo investor and Virtue CFO Asif Khan, on the many things Nintendo might do to turn things around.


STAT | $360 million—Revenue that mobile game maker Kabam brought in during 2013; the amount was more than double the total for 2012, and the company is considering an IPO.

STAT | $624 million—Amount of revenue that Riot Games made from League of Legends, according to an estimate by SuperData; this was impressive but still less than the $957 million brought in by Korean game CrossFire.


This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International

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