Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Is iTunes App Store Good For Mobile Gaming?

Useful coverage by mocoNews.net of a panel entitled "The Ecosystem in 2009: Do the Same Rules Apply?" at the Mobile Games Forum in London last week. The take away is that the iTunes App Store is changing everything, dominating public and industry mindshare...AND putting downward pressure on the prices of mobile games.

Could the current move in focus to iTunes as a distribution channel for mobile apps be the equivalent of the record industry moving focus from traditional retailers (e.g. Tower) to big box retailers (e.g. WalMart) in the 1990s? Initially it looked very sexy, but in the end they were putting their fate in the hands of a channel that considered their product a loss leader.

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