Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney talked at GDC Taipei about the state of the gaming industry. He addressed issues of differences between Asian revenue models and Western ones and about how successful Infinity Blade is for the company.
“The most profitable game we’ve ever made, in terms of man years invested versus revenue, is actually Infinity Blade,” said Sweeney. “It’s more profitable than Gears of War.”
“North American and European developers are far, far behind the state of the art Asian business models,” he added. “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. 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. … The only way to survive is to go global.”