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[Gamesbriefers] What was the biggest gaming event of 2013?
So what happened in 2013?
King almost floated but didn’t, possibly over one hit wonder concerns.
Oculus Rift raised $75 million to become launch VR headsets.
Angry Birds launched it’s first F2P game.
Two consoles had their fastest-selling launch ever.
GTAV grossed $1 billion in no time flat
Supercell sold a 51% stake for $1.5 billion to a Japanese acquirer.
If you had to identify the event or datapoint that emerged in 2013 which gives the best indication of where the future of games is headed, what would it be?
For me, it would be this:
The same two games swapped the top grossing slot on iOS in most countries for the ENTIRE YEAR. A year in which the total revenue spent on Apps in the same store DOUBLED.
For me it has got to be the Supercell share sale that sums up the zeitgeist. Not that the other things aren’t significant too though: More that they are just very close to things we have seen before.
In terms of signals of future trends, I think the PlayHaven / Kontagent merger was pretty telling. The tools and services space around F2P (and mobile in general) exploded a few years ago and I think 2014 will bring a lot of consolidation within the mobile analytics and mobile advertising markets.
Of course the Supercell valuation is a huge event, but I think I’ll pick the industry’s CPI hitting its highest ever cost as an indication of the direction we’re headed for 2014.
For me the fact that Google, Amazon and Samsung have got serious about games this year is pretty significant. Along with Apple they will make the trad console manufacturers look increasingly niche although some games developers should be able to make profitable games for Xboxone and PS4 and that can’t all be bad!
But as we approach the celebration that is Christmas, given that we have been marketed to since the day after Halloween, I would offer this;-
Can King find a queen?
Supercell is not an oxymoron
Will the consoles need consoling ?
And will Greedy Grinders for iOS and Android be a hit?
Oh, and keep both eyes on Oculus…..3D it is not. Surely.
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