dinsdag, januari 11, 2005

The future of gaming is online

EA’s Future Vision

Warren Jenson, CFO Electronics Arts, recently spoke at the Credit Suisse First Boston Annual Technology Conference, outlining the future direction for the entertainment conglomerate along with providing a sneaky peak of what EA’s vision of the future entails.

Suggesting that online will come of age during the next couple of years and creep up into a feasible revenue stream, Jenson painted a future forecast of subscription revenues and suggesting that every household that contains a next-gen console will essentially become a Wireless HUB. Citing the movement from the bedroom into the living room as the first major maturity of the medium, the progress of High-Definition and Online appears to be major factors for EA’s vision of the future. Continuing with the theme of changing distribution systems, Jenson suggested the possible success of pre-paid cards for online games, a method that was pioneered by the mobile sector and has become popular in the Chinese and Korean videogame territories.