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Topic: Press Release: Apple Voted Biggest Influence on Video Games Industry
Think that Shigeru Miyamoto,developer of Mario, or even Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook have a big influence on video games? What about the Nintendo Wii, or Xbox LIVE? Would you be surprised that Steve Jobs and the Apple iPhone are the biggest influence, person and product-wise respectfully? According to a survery of 1,000 people by the London Games Conference (which will be held November 10, 2011 in central London), yes, Steve Jobs and the Apple iPhone are the biggest influence in the video games industry.
Here are the official tallies for the top five people (first figures are percentage of overall vote, second are percentage of top five votes):
Steve Jobs - 26% | 46%
Gabe Newell (co-founder and managing director of Valve) - 16% | 29%
Shigeru Miyamoto (developer of Mario, Zelda) - 7% | 12%
Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the world wide web) - 4% | 8%
Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) - 3% | 5%
Top five products to have shaped video games (first figures are percentage of overall vote, second are percentage of top five votes):
Apple iPhone - 17% | 53%
Nintendo Wii - 7% | 22%
Xbox LIVE - 3% | 9%
Original Playstation console - 3% | 9%
Steam (digital distribution) - 2% | 7%
“In just over three years the iPhone and the App Store have transformed what consumers expect of games, and how the industry makes and sells them – today, download games have come to the fore. Steve Jobs, the iPhone’s driving force, was the ultimate independent developer – uncompromising in his vision, with unquestionable influence, and hugely artistic and commercial results,” commented Michael French, editor in chief, MCV, the leading trade magazine of the video games industry.
It is no surprise considering the popularity, wide-spread use and amount of apps and developers that work on Apple-related products that are sold on the iPhone, something that can be seen in nearly everyone's hands across the world.
For those interested about the London Games Conference that will be held November 10, 2011 in central London, the full speaker line-up can be found here at this link. The conference, which focuses on the game industry, will be expecting 300 execs, with perspectives from retailers, digital distributors and publishers. The conference is currently in its third year.
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