Angry Birds CEO says console games are dying

Peter Vesterbacka, CEO of Rovio Mobile and creator of the popular mobile game, Angry Birds, shared his vision for the future of mobile gaming and how it console gaming is slowly coming to an end at a panel at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin.

Vesterbacka claims traditional console games charges way too much, $40 to $50 per game while Angry Birds costs 99ยข. His reasoning for the over priced cost is because console developers are not as “nimble” as mobile developers due to the time it takes to develop and release new content. Nokia’s Tero Ojanpera disagreed stating that gamers aren’t going to plug tablet devices into their televisions.

Vesterbacka pointed out that he’s tired of hearing the phrase “casual games” when referring to mobile gaming and that Angry Birds can be just as addictive as any other console game. Vesterbacka said he has even seen players throw their phone across the room when they were unable to beat a level.

While I can agree that the prices of console games are a bit on the expensive side, the market is surely not dying. 20 million copies of Black Ops have been sold and that says quite a lot. One of the biggest problem of console gaming today is that they have not been as innovative and they’ve been heading towards a broader audience focusing on motion sensors, Kinect and etc. How do you guys feel about his remark and the industry in general?


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4 Responses to “Angry Birds CEO says console games are dying”
  1. P.C. Haring says:

    Understanding that the Angry Birds CEO needs to position his company above the competition, until such time that mobile gaming develops games that are as rich, robust, and versatile as tent poles such as Halo, Mass Effect, Mario, Gran Tuismo and the like, Console games will be here for a very long time.

  2. O.R. Ange says:

    Well, obviously he's a retard and has never played an console game in his life.

  3. O.J. Sampson says:

    Fuck him, i hope he sees this comment

  4. Buddy says:

    …honestly? On the one hand, yes his game is a success. On the other hand, I've never come home from work and thought, "Man… do I play Angry Birds or Oblivion?" Now if I'm on a bus, then he could easily compete with brick breaker.

    And as for console developers taking too much time to develop games… Angry birds is about throwing birds at buildings. Not much to it so of course it will be faster to develop!