There are harsh conditions in the industry for retail shops at the moment and the reason is quite clear: the console market isunder great pressure from mobiles and free apps.
This says John Schappert, who is one of the heavyweights inthe U.S. games industry: For just a year ago, he was the keyfigure at EA before he headed for Xbox Live, and right now he works at Zynga.
"Traditional gaming is under pressure," he said in an interview with MCV. "If the companies are not ready and still want to live in the traditional world, so can they. But there will only be a few big games every year.
Schappert says that traditional games focus more on core player, which limits their audiences. While game sales fall - in the United Kingdom it is 30 percent lower than last year, and in the U.S. it is 25 percent lower.
"The good news is that while we see the traditional gaming limit, so gaming is growing as a general whole. For me it's a positive message for the entire industry. But I think some people have to change."