Some social game companies “are creating, literally, junk,” says Garriott

Tuesday, 15th February 2011 21:54 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Richard Garriott is of the belief that there’s a lot of junk out there for the social gaming crowd, however, a few companies are making real money “in a big way so they deserve their high valuation by all means.”

Speaking with, Garriott said that his company, Portalarium, is gearing up for “a full in-depth Lord British experience.”

“[Social game companies] are evolving quickly and they’re doing a brilliant job of it,” he said. “I have respect and admiration for my already titanic competitors that are ahead of me.

“That being said, there’s tons of small start-ups who we are seeing take lots of investment and lots of activity and large acquisition costs – who are creating, literally, junk. Stuff that people aren’t playing that much and if you play it, it’s not much fun. But it does show you there are investors desperate to find a foothold in this market.

“There are lots of individual developers who have now finally seen the light and realized they want a piece of the action too. I install and play as many of those game as I can see and find just to see if there’s somebody we want to work with, or acquire, or see as competition. It’s fascinating to watch how everybody is still in over their heads. I do think it’s going to be short-lived, the door will close quickly.”

Garriott’s company is expected to reveal its “Ultima-style game for the social space” in a few weeks time.




  1. YoungZer0

    “for the social space”, hm, sounds actually interesting.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DSB

    As a developer that’s been creating junk for most of a decade, Richard Garriott is definitely an expert here.

    That might be slightly harsh, but the fact that he tends to hype up his own work with little to no ability to admit his mistakes means that he gets the spikes.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. xino


    basically in another word….they are creating a piece of SHIT!:)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. back_up

    PC gamers are casual noobs
    and 360 gamers are addicted to kinect sex
    only true gamers are left on PS3

    #4 4 years ago

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