Ubisoft are probably the best all round game publisher at the moment so it is great to get insight into their inner workings. This interview is of Laurent Detoc, Ubisoft North America president and appeared in SFGate.com.
Their emphasis on organic growth is fantastic. Far better to make something exactly right than to buy something someone else has made: “I don’t think we will focus on acquisitions unless it makes sense for us we’re not a reactive company, we’re builders.”
Casual games contributedÂ an impressiveÂ quarterÂ of Ubisoft’s revenue: “We feel that’s a good opportunity for us. People want games that are more accessible and less intimidating. We have been exploring a lot in that space and we think we will have an advantage as that group gets bigger.”
ThoughÂ casual gamesÂ are cheaper to develop than hardcore games they still need marketing. Zero marketing = zero sales. “The margins on these games are good when you look at development, but it takes a lot of marketing dollars. It’s like packaged goods. You have to think about marketing, retail space, branding.”
And as for the Wii, Ubisoft have the same problem as other non Nintendo developers with it generating just 10% of their revenue.
All fascinating stuff, especially the marketing needs of casual games, something many casual publishers do not appreciate.
Hardcore gamers are only roughly 10% of the total people but they are good for 80% of the money made in the games market.
I think the Wii is not really successful for anyone except Nintendo because people tend to place it aside after a month and not use it anymore.
The big money can be made from big projects that cost big money.
But don’t lose sight of the smaller gamer.
And what good game for wii has come from ubisoft?
its not a suprise for bad sales because there is nothing good to sell.
ps:sorry for bad english
No More Heroes and Red Steel are the best of Ubisoft for the Wii
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