GamesIndustry.biz - The Winners of 2013
GamesIndustry.biz has another article about the Winners of 2013.
It's easy to knock those that had a poor run in 2013, as mistakes stick out more prominently than successes. So while we've already covered those we've labelled the losers of the year, its important to balance that with some positivity. And to be honest, it's been one of those most positive years in the video game business I can remember.
New hardware has lifted the console market, experimental tech has gained momentum, creativity has returned to games ten-fold, genres are spawning other genres, the player is spoilt for choice and marketing has returned to a grassroots level. Here then are our winners of 2013...
I'll quote from the article about Indie Games.
The next billion dollar franchises will not come from established studios who have been doing the rounds for ten-plus years, churning out iterations of safe games that already have their audience locked down. The next billion dollar franchises, the one's the old-school publishers will wish they could have a slice of, will come from new independent development teams. The games that will grow so quickly and so successfully, seemingly coming from out of nowhere, will find an audience many didn't realise existed, at least not in such scale. Independent developers cater to those audiences, listen to those audiences and eventually create what becomes a product like Minecraft. Because indies are now the mainstream.