Interview: EA’s Jeff Brown – 40 40 20
gameindustry.biz has a fascinating interview with Jeff Brown from EA. Usually interviews with industry people like Jeff Brown are mostly boring affairs with a good answer or two thrown in, but this one is chock full of good stuff.
First off, he freely admits that EA is not equally committed to all three next-gen platforms. EA will put more resources behind the platform with greater marketshare. Which makes sense for a company that makes games and actually wants to make a profit. So in a backhanded fashion he mentions that in a couple months there will be 7 million Xbox 360’s and 1 million PS3’s. You do the math…
In answering the same question, Mr. Brown also says that industry whispers are that the marketshare positions in the next gen console war will be 40 / 40 / 20 – Sony / Microsoft / Nintendo. If this ends up being true, then Microsoft and Nintendo will surely be happy, because they’ll both have gained at Sony’s expense. Remember that Sony had 65 to 70 percent marketshare with the PS2.
What do you guys think? Does 40 / 40 / 20 sound realistic? Maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part, but I think Sony will get more than 40%.