EA: Mobile won't kill consoles

"I don't see a day when [mobile] takes over the console experience," CFO Blake Jorgensen says.

The rise in mobile gaming through smartphones and tablets does not spell the death of traditional consoles, according to Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen. In fact, the opposite may be true: mobile games can actually help grow the console business, he argued.

"It's bringing new people into the gaming business, but I don't see a day when it takes over the console experience," Jorgensen said today during the Stifel Technology, Internet, & Media Conference. "I think it will expand the console experience."

On a high level, Jorgensen said EA thinks about console and mobile as "different experiences." As an example, Jorgensen said people are drawn to console titles like Battlefield 4 because of their deep online functionality and 64-player battles. Mobile games can't offer anything like that, he said.

"You just can't get that kind of experience on mobile," he said. "Mobile is a much more quick, short burst of gameplay."

For EA, Jorgensen said its strategy for mobile is to offer experiences that complement traditional console games. This way, people can play the console version of a game at night on their couch on a large-screen TV, and then enjoy the mobile iteration during the day at work or on the bus.

Mobile is already big business for EA. For the quarter ended December 31, EA's mobile and handheld digital net revenue was $125 million, up 26 percent year-over-year. One of the publisher's marquee titles--The Simpsons: Tapped Out--has generated over $130 million to date through in-app purchases.

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Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Of course not, mobile gaming offers simplistic experiences for 2-3 hours. A.K.A. Back into the 90's. That is today, of course, but in the future a thing will not change; they will always be behind consoles and PC.

Let's put Skyrim for example: let's imagine the graphic processing, battery consumption and overheating that it would have to be addressed for a tablet to run that game (notice I'm not even mentioning controls here). It will eventually be possible, but when...? in five years maybe? In four?. When tablets hit that milestone, consoles and PC will be, again, another twenty miles ahead.

And even if they tried to make and Skyrim for mobile/tablets. Who is gonna buy a 100-300 hours game that will only use while waiting for the bus? not to mention the price he/she would need to pay. It's almost as ridiculous as putting a marital advisor in a brothel...

Console market will grow, so will do PC gaming, and so will mobile and tablet but they move in a different direction. Tablet and mobile games are something that you play while in the bus, while traveling, in spare times... As a secondary time killer and that is why most of the mobile game are either toned-down console/PC ports or simplistic games that sometimes are well done (Candy Crash Saga) or cheap cash-ins (Every single Flapy Bird/angry birds/Cadi crash clone).

The proof is that I'm still waiting here (well, we all are I believe) for that big tablet/mobile exclusive hit that I can't play nowhere else. But that won't happen; Every mobile game can be ported to PC, a lot of them can be on consoles, but a CoD, a GTAV, or a Last of Us to a mobile device? unless you want to stick a keyboard and a mouse on your tablet that just can't be done (not without destroying the tablet's portable purpose)

noandno
noandno

Says the company who is killing gaming

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

And EA knows this because they're determined to kill the industry first.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

I have no interest in mobile gaming.  I also have no interest in EA or their games.  They are the Anti-Midas, turning good franchises into shit instead of gold.

Pewbert
Pewbert

They will kill your wallet though, huh EA.

Dungeon Keeper is a disgrace to it's franchise, and to gaming in general.

megakick
megakick

MOBILE is already killing consoles look how simple games are, simple enough so you can play it on a smart phone/ tablet.

justinka777
justinka777

EA: mobile won't kill consoles, we will!

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@eddienoteddy

Hey, Eddie, you could rope in more traffic and comments if you mentioned one of Electronic Arts' latest mobile game, that awful Dungeon Keeper remake.

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

EA, start working on games instead of commenting everything every hour.

cyberxspeed
cyberxspeed

I wanna know EA's response to Steam machines.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

Mobile definitely won't kill consoles, but hopefully it will kill EA.


if Dungeon Keeper is any example of how they plan to conquer the mobile world, they should contact their bankruptcy lawyers now.

Deano
Deano

if mobile gaming was all there is I wouldn't even bother playing games anymore.

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Why does everything have to be about this killing that or the death of whatever platform/genre/service?


Why is any competition on any level "war"?


Gamers and game industry insiders are such f*cking drama queens.


lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Something to fear is the day when cellphone graphics get near to next gen consoles in the coming years and the ability to connect your phone to your TV to play those games catches on. Connecting a controller wirelessly or with Mini USB would not be a problem, and the games are cheaper and cheaper to make for developers with zero licensing fees.

Vojtass
Vojtass

EA: we're killing mobile gaming.with our greed.

KristenVr
KristenVr

"Mobile is a much more quick, short burst of gameplay."


Only if u drop some dollars every step.........Dungeon Keeper....am I right!? Jeez, if u think that will bring new people into the gaming then stop scaring them away with s**ty paywalls!!!

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

EA:  Mobile won't kill consoles, WE WILL!

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

What i'm wondering... who ever got the idea that mobile will kill consoles?

I mean, really?

shingui5
shingui5

Ea said something, now i must immediately disagree.

Death to consoles. Let  the iPad reign supreme!!! 

catsimboy
catsimboy

Of course mobile gaming won't kill consoles, it's doing something far more insidious. When companies like EA try to put mobile-style microtransactions into console games that's the true effect of mobile gaming. Sure it's bringing new people into the gaming business but they're the kind of people who will look for ways to monetize everything, even in games you've paid up-front for.

charlieholmes
charlieholmes

You know, if I had a dollar (use to be a penny but inflation) for every time some know it all says PC gaming is dead (said like 10 years ago but guess what) consoles are dead, mobile is the future, blah blah blah, I'd be filthy rich!

I'm so tired of errant guessers! How bout admitting no one really knows where the future leads but currently, each has it's place. They all seem to always have their base that remains. Personally, I can't stand mobile gaming. If I was 10 or younger, then maybe I would but my thinking is much too complex now to find entertainment in a mobile game. Even if I only have like 10 minutes to play, I need something that has depth rather than a Flappy or Angry Bird! My wife however, the non-gamer, can get by with mobile because that's her gaming challenge limit. Easy and shallow!

Slammer612
Slammer612

EA will make sure of this by releasing more mobile games like Dungeon Keeper.

Karlinel
Karlinel

"Mobile games won't kill consoles" says EA

*Glasses on*

"Those bitches are mine to kill!"

Barighm
Barighm

EA may not, but when Sony and MS are talking about downgrading their entire business strategy to a Steam-like service, and Nintendo's very best device is a handheld...well, saying it will never happen is kind of silly at this point.

biggamer194
biggamer194

EA is right, mobile doesn't have that power. However EA alongside all these other bullshit corporate slime that infest the games industry with their underhand nickle and dime business tactics, lack of quality in favor of quantity, unplayable bugged and glitched releases, DLC whoring, non focus on gameplay mechanics over graphics, out of touch with the community, publisher/investor controlled companies will kill consoles alongside the game industry. I could go on and on. We all know the story!

Hop103
Hop103

Mobile can't kill consoles directly but if Sony, Nintendo, or both leave the console market, mobile will take over those market shares and indirectly kill consoles as a result.

bluefox755
bluefox755

People have been saying for years that mobile will kill consoles, kind of silly if you ask me. Sure mobile is gaining leaps and bounds in the graphical processing area, but no matter how good it gets, you'll always be able to do it better with a regular size setup. I mean, video cards ain't getting any smaller. Bleeding edge power simply works better when it has room to breathe.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

EA "Mobile won't kill consoles" no you and Microsoft are doing a good enough job on your own. 

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Oh, you don't see it, you clever basterd! Good, now we need corporate officials to assure us that gaming isn't going to become a turd industry in the foreseeable future.

leakingdogmilk
leakingdogmilk

The only people who says that casual phone games will kill consoles are the retarded PC mustard race morons who naively thinks that the industry will be better off without consoles.

RobDev
RobDev

@megakick  yeah, the sales figures for the xbox one and PS4 are awful.....right......

Buffalo2867
Buffalo2867

@megakick  Thats not so much killing consoles as transforming consoles. Sucks for us hard core gamers but EA certainly doesn't give a crap. Fortunately I am looking to a growing indie game scene to offer hard core gamers the depth and challenge that AAA game titles used to back in the day.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@charlieholmes I can't even begin to comprehend how anyone can have fun tapping a bird repeatedly. It's just a big waste of time, like most mobile games. They even get mad when they lose, like seriously, that's the level of intelligence of a 5-years-old kid, and even at that age I played games that were much more complex and had more depth than this. It's almost insulting.

charlieholmes
charlieholmes

You're right for now but I have some additional thoughts. The issues with mobile, I believe, are much more than just having the processing power. Mobile can never have the big beautiful TV screen, can never have the awesome peripherals attached to immerse, can never have the environment to shout, cuss, and holler, while you get lost in smoking bad guys or competitors online, can never have the same type of audience/competitor that most complex gamers require, and will never probably have the depth of PC/console games since all the developers think easy, shallow, and basic, for their mobile development.

s3as3a
s3as3a

@Hop103  That would leave Valve's Steam Machines, so couch gaming wouldn't cease to exist.

Barighm
Barighm

@bluefox755 The problem with this logic is it assumes technology will not improve. All they have to do is release a mobile device that can output the game to a TV and provide some kind of USB controller support (heck, they probably already did) and consoles no longer have any kind of leg up on the rest of the competition.


Of course, it's a heck of a lot easier to lose or have your mobile stolen, but nobody seems to mind...

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

@leakingdogmilk I am a PC gamer, and I do not seek, nor want, the death or diminishment of consoles.

I would like some of their games, though...

delta5931
delta5931

@leakingdogmilk  Oh dear, we got a mad little kid, who doesn't understand that has to lie to make himself feel better. Even if console dies, then PC will more than likely fall due to the fact PC needs competition. PC Gamers have never ONCE stated that.

billlabowski
billlabowski

@leakingdogmilk PC Mustard Race? It's not our fault consoles need to ketchup. Seems like you're just suffering from PC envy and have no proof that PC gamers are saying this. The fact that industry "professionals" say that mobile games are going to destroy PC gaming leaves your comment...and you, to shame.

megakick
megakick

@Buffalo2867 @megakick Cheaper to make simple mobile games less money upfront so if it fails EHH but if a AAA game FAILS ZOMG much money LOST!!!

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Inlex  

Yes, I know of that article. What I was suggesting is that he includes a link to that article in this one as well.

leakingdogmilk
leakingdogmilk

@billlabowski @leakingdogmilk  


I have a gaming PC, what now you retarded presumptuous PC fanboy? You think anyone who don't like you PC fanboys and your elitist fanboy BS don't have gaming PC? People like you are the reason why PC gamers are so hated among console owners. Also, why would I have proof for things that I only have seen on the internet? I am not going to save a screenshot every single time one of you idiots say something stupid. You don't have proof that PC gamers aren't saying this either, considering how much you stupid PC fanboys love to glorify yourselves and talk down on people. I have far more credibility than you.