Gaming News Roundup — Tuesday, Aug. 21

Tue, Aug 21, 2012

Console, Free-to-Play, Industry, iPad, iPhone, PC, PopCap

There’s troubling news in the gaming industry as a number of developers withstand layoffs. PopCap cofounder John Vechey offers some candid words on a fundamental shift in gaming. The PS3/PC hybrid title Dust 514 enters its beta stage.

And mobile games forge ahead with good news for iPad gamers. iOS will enjoy some retro gaming action and two new lucrative franchises—Warhammer and The Hunger Games—come to iPad gaming.

And news about Curt Shilling’s failed game venture 38 Studios just keeps coming out … because let’s face it, it’s certainly interesting to read!

The gaming world was hit with some serious layoffs today as developers react to shifts in gaming culture and business models. Staffs on the chopping block include …

PopCap cofounder John Vechey gave a few words of context:

“In the past year, we’ve seen a dramatic change in the way people play and pay for games. Free-to-play, social and mobile games have exploded in popularity. That happened fast. Surprisingly so. The change in consumer tastes requires us to reorganize our business and invest in new types of games on new platforms. It’s a completely different world from when we started.”

“We’ve been able to invest in creative new games like Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies because we had a high-profit business. That business is challenged, and if we don’t adapt, we won’t be able to invest in new IP. That sounds harsh—but if we don’t stay in business, no more plants, zombies, jewels, frogs or worms.”

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