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in fairness he said "many" not "most."
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I don't get these mobile gamers why do they spend so much on these games. I really cannot get into phone games let alone pay anything for them.
Also most (if not all) of Blizzards current IP´s are on auto-pilot as far as cutting edge development goes. So moving some of the prime talent to other projects makes sense. After all Blizzard is still a company and thus the end goal is making more money, mobile is getting big... Heck some of the new ipads rivals a basic mid-range laptop and the new pro will rival a high end one (of the specs turns out true) in pretty much everything but graphics. Sure we are a bit out from running the latest CoD on a phone but as a platform mobile stand to kill the console market and push the low to mid range computers to the side. As such, it is stupid to not invest in mobile as a market, and i´d hate to try and defend staying out to shareholders... "well you see good sir/madam... Nostalgia is keeping med from making this very important move because it impacts my engorged ego." =P I do not like it but.. I did not care much for the console market either, i still saw the worth in investing in to that.
The title is hyperbolic. "Many of our best developers" isn't all and it's not an indicative statement that game production has shifted primarily to mobile. They of course want to release mobile games for all of their IPs...it's not like there are that many LOL. It's a demographic that they should explore, but it's not the only one and it sure as shit isn't the primary one.
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