EA Founder: Consoles to Become Niche

by William D'Angelo, posted on 15 October 2012 / 5,763 Views

Electronic Arts Founder Trip Hawkins, in an interview with IGN, believes that while the number of gamers are growing, the console market is shrinking. He says that the console market will always exist, however it is going to become niche overtime.

"The console market is always going to be with us, because there's always going to be a hardcore segment, a segment that likes innovation," said Hawkins. "But it's going to become a smaller market, and it's going to be more like a hobby market. You look at airplanes. Most of us just want to be a passenger, but there's a hobby market for people who are really into aviation and want to take flying lessons and maybe someday have their own airplane. I think that's what's happening to the console market."

"But there are billions of people now playing games," continued Hawkins. "The gaming industry is finally becoming mass-market. It’s across two billion PCs and four billion mobile phones, and within a few years a billion tablets. In terms of total audience size, we’re getting into really big numbers.”

"In the old days I'd go down to the basement to play Grand Theft Auto," added Hawkins. "But the Facebook gamer is able to play at work, at home, in a hotel on a PC. They can get access to a browser just about anywhere. People are thinking about convenience first."


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6 Comments

Tridrakious (on 15 October 2012)

A guy from a bygone era that wants to be heard about the future of the industry. Sounds like Bushnell to me.


ganoncrotch (on 15 October 2012)

but his eyebrows... anything a man with brows like that says has to be right..... they're hyponotizing me.


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usrevenge (on 15 October 2012)

if by niche you mean the vast majority of gamers then yea its a niche.


ECM (on 15 October 2012)

<i>"The console market is always going to be with us, because there's always going to be a hardcore segment, a segment that likes innovation," said Hawkins. "But it's going to become a smaller market, and it's going to be more like a hobby market</i> Sooo, back to the pre-32-bit era, then? Can't say this would bother me if it were actually true. (But this is Trip "I thought the NES was going nowhere" Hawkins talking, so...


ganoncrotch (on 17 October 2012)

it sounds like he is taking a leaf outta patchers book and just spluttering a load of shite and then years down the line no doubt something he came out with could be right? we'll never know.... or care :D


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mai (on 16 October 2012)

He is consistent in his opinion about consoles for 30 years now, kudos to him.


MARCUSDJACKSON (on 15 October 2012)

less talk, more games


happydolphin (on 15 October 2012)

Makes sense. But the PC and the Internet with flash has been around since mostly 2000, so...