Epic’s Tim Sweeney: Games of the Future Will Be Freemium, Global
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney delivered the second keynote at GDC Taipei, which took place June 26-27. games. As reported by VG 24/7 and Gamasutra, the unlikely looking capitalist dished on graphics (the folks at Epic think they can get even better) and on profitability (per man-hour invested, Infinity Blade is actually more successful than Gears of War).
He also had some provocative things to say about the future of games. According to Sweeney, the market will soon become more global, breaking down barriers between the East and West: “All these western developers spending $30 million to develop these games for dedicated consoles — all of these companies are going to be invading the Asian markets within the next five years or so, and they’ll be free to play, worldwide, global products.”
This move away from the traditional boxed, AAA experience was another theme of the speech. Sweeney praised developments in tablet technology, as well as “state of the art Asian business models.” He even managed to be a little self-deprecating: “We’ve been building these games like Gears of War where you go into the store and you buy a piece of plastic! You just buy this DVD. That is going to change rapidly.”