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This Week In The Business: Too Successful To Succeed

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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.

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Elsewhere in the business of gaming this week...

QUOTE | “Disc-based games will be around forever.” - GameStop CEO Paul Raines, talking about why he’s not concerned about future retail sales, particularly since the company is growing its digital business and looking forward to AR and VR sales.

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QUOTE | “I’m going to be perfectly honest with you. We’re roughly in that ballpark... but it’s going to cost more than that.” - Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, responding to a question about whether the Oculus Rift VR headset would cost about the same as its $350 developer kits.

QUOTE | “The idea that VR must get you sick is [bullshit].” - Valve’s Chet Faliszek, explaining why he thinks the developer, not Valve’s VR hardware, would be responsible for any feelings of nausea users might experience.

QUOTE | “Even as the console user base expands, sales of each new addition to the franchise has seen faster post-launch-month drops and digital earnings keep dropping faster.” - Joost van Dreunen, CEO of analyst firm SuperData, explaining why he thinks Star Wars Battlefront will not generate huge profits for EA.

QUOTE | “We’re basically reinventing the company. We feel like a startup.” - Harmonix CEO Steve Janiak, talking about how the company has raised $15 million to invest in new projects, including VR projects.

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QUOTE | “If you look at many of the most successful consumer hardware products of all time, most of them sold in the very low millions of units in their first year... they sold in the hundreds of thousands in their first generation.” - Oculus VP of product Nate Mitchell, talking about why it will take a while to develop a substantial VR market.

QUOTE | “I think a lot of people were expecting me to charge everybody and get rid of the free access.” - John Riccitiello, CEO of Unity, talking about how he wants to continue Unity’s drive to make it more powerful and more accessible.

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STAT | $4.04 – The cost to acquire a loyal user for a mobile game, according to analytics firm Fiksu; this is a 117% jump over the cost last year, as costs continue to rise for mobile game installs.

QUOTE | “There’s always things going really well and other things you have to adjust. In general, we’re definitely on the right track.” - Jurgen Post, COO of Sega Europe, explaining why overall Sega is doing well with its diverse array of games for a variety of platforms.

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STAT | $2.40 – Amount of revenue eSports generates per enthusiast right now, resulting in $275 million this year, according to Newzoo; the firm expects that to hit $4.63 per fan by 2018, which still leaves eSports well behind traditional sports like basketball that generate $14 per fan.

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“Disc-based games will be around forever.” - GameStop CEO Paul Raines

“Neither RedBox nor Netflix are even on the radar screen in terms of competition.” - Former Blockbuster Video CEO Jim Keys, 2008

“There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.” - Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, 2007

“Nobody wants to deal with slow load times from playing a game on a CD. What they really want are cartridges, and if there’s any future in disc-based games, it’s interactive full motion video. Tell Sony to keep their ‘Play Station’ - we’re partnering with Panasonic on this exciting new CD-i.” - Probably something said by former Nintendo CEO Hiroshi Yamauchi, 1993

“This E.T. is going to be the best-selling game of all time. OF ALL TIME. Print 5 million copies. I don’t care if that’s more games than 2600 units sold. DOUBLE DOWN!” - Attributed to Nolan Bushnell, 1982

“I think the best way to sell my new game Daikatana is by telling players I will make them my bitch.” - Apparently said by John Romero, 2000