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Some of Dean Takahashi's game industry predictions for 2012: Activision's (ATVI) World of...

Some of Dean Takahashi's game industry predictions for 2012: Activision's (ATVI) World of Warcraft will continue declining; cloud services such as OnLive will gain ground; new platforms such as Google+ (GOOG) and Windows Phone will have an impact; Zynga (ZNGA) will feel pressured to boost user monetization through advertising; and Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT) will wait until 2013 to release new consoles.
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  • ajsmithjr11088
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    Let's take this on 1 point at a time:

     

    1) World of Warcraft will decline, it's an old game with old graphics and people are now tired of it.

     

    2) OnLive will continue to grow due to faster internet speeds aka better streaming gaming service.

     

    3) Google has Android and will compete with the iPhone but the Windows phone will cut into Android sales hense keeping the iPhone at the top of the food chain while Windows and Google battle it out for the people who like crappy open source phones instead of Apple's end to end user experience.

     

    4) Zynga will continue to rise steadily towards $20 a share as the Facebook IPO approaches. All the Facebook IPO hype will directly and positively effect Zynga's share prices. Zynga has big plans for new games in 2012 and we should expect strong earnings from the only profitable tech IPO this year (Zynga, Groupon, Linkden)

     

    5) Sony and Microsoft and Nintendo are all releasing their new consoles in 2012 probably in Q3 or late Q2 right before christmas. Every gamer knows that and Sony and Microsoft won't let Nintendo beat them to the punch, that would be disastrous for them.
    23 Dec 2011, 11:42 AM Reply Like
  • Gloube
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    The prediction on World on Warcraft is irrelevant:
    - it gives the impression that ATVI will suffer from this loss while it is just the normal life cycle of a product coming to an end. A comparable prediction would be: "Apple's iPhone 3GS will continue declining". Useless statement.
    - as the life cycle of World of Warcraft approaches its end, a new MMORPG (codename "Titan") will be released by ATVI as its successor (possibly 2012-2013)
    - ATVI has other great products in its pipeline for 2012, including much anticipated "Diablo III" and possibly Starcraft II extension
    4 Jan 2012, 08:31 AM Reply Like
  • biobat
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    No kidding Sony won't release a new console this year. I'm not even certain we'll see one next year either. Hardware wise, it's still leaps and bounds ahead of the competition, is already compatible with 3D TVs, and is more likely than not to still be leaps and bounds ahead the upcoming WiiU. We'll see though.
    11 Jan 2012, 11:50 AM Reply Like
  • ajsmithjr11088
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    we are 100% getting new consoles in 2012, were do you get your information from?
    11 Jan 2012, 12:27 PM Reply Like
  • biobat
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    There will absolutely be WiiU and maybe even the next iteration of Xbox but I'll believe there's a PS4 when I see it. Sony's already denied a PS4 announcement at E3 and that's in June which doesn't leave much time to get things announced and out before the holidays.
    11 Jan 2012, 01:03 PM Reply Like
  • biobat
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    Xbox 720 due out September or October 2013 - not 2012. The dev kits aren't even yet available. WiiU will be the only next gene console hitting the market this year. So much for the 100%.
    http://go.ign.com/xly9cP
    25 Jan 2012, 06:02 AM Reply Like
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