Moconews has posted about the MES mobile games panel and it sounds really interesting. Tron hasn’t called us in awhile and we’re thinking he’s lost or dead. If you are at CTIA, tell Tron to call his mother, she’s worried sick.
Lisa Waits, Head of SNAP Mobile at Nokia, made a great point that classifying gamers is not a straight forward thing in the industry. “Apparently, people can play up to 8 hours of games a week and not identify as a gamer.”
There was an interesting point made regarding user interfaces; a huge drawback of mobile games. User interfaces are evolving and hope to reach a state where the “game would detect how it was being played and change the UI accordingly.”
Sean Malatesta, SVP and GM Americas of India Games, had to do some venting about carriers and we don’t blame him. “This is an operator’s world, if they don’t cooperate they strangle it, they strangle music, they strangle games, and they strangle everything,” says Malatesta. “You have to be smart about it. You live and die with the carriers or without them. I’m probably 90% selling with the carriers, but even when I get on there I’ve got to do everything I can to get people to buy within the stores,” he said.