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March 26, 2012



I see still two problems for mobile gaming to become nearly as influential as competitive games on traditional platforms (PC).

One there are already games and culture on traditional platforms which are by design very symetrical and well balanced, but more importantly they are designed to be easily accessible even for non-gamers, as an examples I would mention: Starcraft, and Starcraft 2.
Second problem is how to show to the publicity what is going on the screen. On PC it's fairly easy, we have almost unlimited computing power, so running background recording service is not a problem.

On mobile devices on the other hand, we need to solve issue of transmiting content of the screen to some bigger renderer.
And as far as I know there are no so well prepared games for torunaments like Starcraft is :).
Of course it's just a matter of time, till some Rovio will make sport edition of Angry Birds ;-)...


Someone leaked April 1 letter too early?

Well, too bad.

Sure, mobile games are growing but it'll be years before traditional PC/console games will disappear… if it'll ever happen.


Anyone who actually watch any competitive video game KNOW this is a complete joke. It's like Olympic committee announcing Olympic will be for physical disabilities only. Paralympics are actually held in parallel with Olympics while last year 9 of 10 official WCG games are PC-based the last one is XBox.

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@lxt: I have always assumed that these competitions are to sell more games and game platforms, and the center of mass of these markets are both moving to iOS and Android.


"the center of mass of these markets are both moving to iOS and Android."

which pinpoints an important change in the economics of the game industry. Traditionally, successful games (PC/gameboxes) require massive investments and development (lots of effort to have scenarios, photorealistic graphics, quality sounds, program optimizations, etc). They were also fairly expensive on those platforms to recoup that investment -- compared to what one pays on smartphones.

Anybody has a reference to an good analysis of the evolution of games economics/technology PC/gameboxes vs smartphones?

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