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Game Change

by M.G. Siegler


"Forget the Big Companies"

Ahead of Apple's event, John Gruber had a timely note:

Forget the big companies like Epic and EA — they’re never going to go for platform exclusivity and they won’t walk away from casino-style pay-to-win in-app purchase schemes. Go for the indie shops that specialize in mobile games. They like making games exclusive for iOS, and I’ll bet they’d jump at the chance for recurring revenue that doesn’t come from shitty in-app-purchase game mechanics.

Which is why I think Apple has to buy Nintendo -- the mild successes have been in the "shitty in-app-purchase game mechanics" in Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing -- rather than try to convince them to go exclusive in the Apple Arcade bundle. But we'll see...


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