This Week in the Business: 'Prospects for PS Vita in 2013 Don't Look Any Rosier.'
What’s happened in the business of video games this past week …
QUOTE | “Prospects for PS Vita in 2013 don’t look any rosier.”—West Coast editor for GamesIndustry.biz, Steve Peterson, outlines the biggest losers of 2012 and why Sony’s portable unfortunately made the list.
QUOTE | “I played Mario Galaxy 2 for about an hour before I was bored shitless.”—Dan Marshall of Size 5 Games, talking with other developers about the state of the game industry and why Nintendo is struggling.
QUOTE | “Our conclusion is the Nintendo Wii U launch has been slightly disappointing.”—Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia, talking about their assessment of the Wii U’s sales so far.
QUOTE | “We’ve seen them iterate and polish their ideas to a shine, and now we’re seeing them beat those same ideas into the ground.”—Brendan Sinclair, GamesIndustry International journalist, talking with other journalists about whether game quality is declining.
QUOTE | “Flat is the new up.”—John Davison, formerly head of GameSpot and Metacritic, talking about the viewer numbers for game-related sites, and the future of gaming journalism.
QUOTE | “It makes Facebook a fantastic core option for gamers.”—Dusty Welch, CEO of U4iA Games, talking about their new FPS game Offensive Combat and the future of core gaming on Facebook
STAT | 425 million—Number of Internet-connected devices in American homes, compared to only 315 million residents; game consoles are the third-largest category of online devices.
STAT | 1.76 billion—Number of apps downloaded between Christmas and New Year’s Day; app downloads are expected to hit 1 billion per week on a regular basis sometime this year.
QUOTE | “The Smart TV is lying face-down in a stagnant pond unless it has its ‘iPhone moment.'”—Rob Fahey, former editor of GamesIndustry.biz, talking about why Smart TVs will not be the next big gaming platform.
STAT | $2.6 million—Amount of money raised by the Humble Indie Bundle 7; the money is shared by the game developers and the Child’s Play charity.