Big publisher's Such as for example:
is in a particularly precarious position, because it must grow its mobile profits without cannibalizing sales of $60 packaged games.
Its response is a strategy EA calls “fewer, bigger, better.”
It’s slashing the number of new console and PC games it releases each year from 67 in 2009 to just 22 this year. Next year EA will release just 14 packaged game titles, but it’s doubling down on digital, with more than 30 mobile and social games, building on its library of over 500 mobile titles.
down to 22
now down to 14
for game console and PC
but it increased to with more than 30 mobile and social games ! http://www.cnbc.com/id/49923002
take note of this in my opinion, that it is not a bad thing for gamer's ,just as on the same token it is also not a bad thing for the market :
Many of EA’s mobile games are free, with the option of buying extras or making in-app purchases, others cost 99 cents or $1.99. And the company said the range of low cost price options aims to appeal to the billion-plus potential gamers with smartphones.
“Mobile games are as profitable as console games,” EA’s Vice President of “All Play” Nick Earl said. “The costs are actually less and the revenues can be as much if not greater than a console product.”
Earl said that EA
is seeing an increase in what it calls “conversion rates”—the number of people who are paying to play. In addition, he said, the average amount that people spend has been increasing.
EA’s mobile business is small but growing: Revenue grew 59 percent to $88 million last quarter, driven by a 120 percent increase from smartphones and tablets. Many of EA’s hit mobile titles are based on popular console games, like "Madden," "The Simpsons," and "FIfa." The goal is to create cross-platform play, where people play a game on mobile devices during the day and then pick up the game on consoles at night.
The idea is that if people can play across devices, they’ll keep buying traditional games, and they’ll stay hooked on EA titles, rather than defecting to mobile-only brands like "Angry Birds."
could this be a big thing for all three console companies going forward?
in my opinion yes it will be, example
Nintendo with 2 screen dynamic play with not only using just the game pad, but also the WiiU combined with the 3DS and 3DSxl also as yet another option for Nintendo.
Microsoft with surface an Touch combined with the xbox360 and the next xbox
and Sony with their playstation 3 and playstation Vita and xperia mobile and other smartphones and Tablets.
the trends combined with Apple's iOS, and with Googles Android OS prompted quite a bit to this trend moving forward into the game console market. This may make some upset but the fact the area is such a large market to expand into for game's is really a good thing in my opinion.
more choices for the gamer to choose from
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