Is the gaming industry getting even less stable?

EA QM9MMC
May 26 12 Comments

I know that EA, Blizzard used to be the most stable companies in the gaming industry -- almost like the government job of gaming. With the layoffs at Blizzard this year and all the drama happening -- Do you think that the gaming industry is becoming less stable? What factors do you think are affecting the industry?

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  • Microsoft GqTJ43
    I’d say that the industry is no longer recession proof. EA learned some pretty painful lessons from Anthem. It’s not worth it to spend that much on a new ip with a questionable ROI. Especially because they’re held to a higher standard than mobile, who use slot machine tactics as their business model. So a cheap mobile game can rack in billions with mtx, and cost relatively cheap to make. While a AAA has quality standards, when they charge for loot,they get raked over the coals. Destiny, Star Wars, etc.

    If a Fortnite style business model drives development. Then gamers are shortchanged because developers are less willing to take risks.

    The real savior will be Game Pass/PlayStation Now. If the major players get gamers on a guaranteed revenue model. Then their only goal is to create great content so people want to stay in that eco system.
    May 26 5
    • Epic Games miVsXJ
      We're doing pretty well though.
      May 30
    • Microsoft GqTJ43
      Yes, Epic is kicking ass. It won’t last forever. But all of you should retire at 27.
      May 30
    • EA Mk55hd
      Why do some people think the gaming industry is recession proof?
      May 30
    • Microsoft GqTJ43
      It was for a long time. Especially 15 years ago before streaming. When people stop spending money, they kept buying games. Especially because games are one of the cheapest forms of entertainment on a per hour basis. Now there’s so many entertainment options, that’s no longer the case.
      May 30
    • EA heyt
      I’d like to be riding the Fortnite wave. Hope it maintains it’s pace for years to come.
      May 30
  • Activision Blizzard Kh2d3r
    Blizzard definitely feels less stable than it used to....Isn't EA on shaky ground with Anthem too?
    May 30 2
    • EA Mk55hd
      Yes
      May 30
    • EA heyt
      Anthem, BFV, even the moneymaker FIFA performed below expectations. Our biggest hit was a free to play BR with piss poor monetization. Shaky is putting it mildly.
      May 30
  • Activision Blizzard / Eng bHsd57
    Gaming always takes a hit in a good economy as people flock to other forms of more expensive entertainment. Just wait for the next recession and we’ll boom again.
    May 31 2
    • Ha how deluded are you
      May 31
    • Microsoft GqTJ43
      Under the old model bH would be right. Gaming is super cheap entertainment per hour enjoyed. The problem is, our competitors are no longer each other. It’s all entertainment that takes up peoples time. During the last recession, iPhones and streaming was not yet widely adopted. Instagram didn’t exist. There’s now plenty of cheap options beyond the yearly COD release.
      May 31

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