Mobile and social games have a larger investment pool, says Jaffe

Friday, 13th July 2012 21:34 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

David Jaffe has told Gamasutra he decided to start developing smartphone and social games due to the pool of investors being larger and “more varied.”

“You have a lot of traditional publishers who want to be in these new spaces, as they should,” he said. “You have a number of companies that would never have thought of being video game publishers who are now trying to get into the space, whether it’s mobile or social or tablets. The landscape is definitely different than the last time I did this.”

Jaffe said the biggest difference with finding investors in mobile and social, is that developers have to seek funding more frequently than with larger development projects, as the turnaround between the creative process and release is much faster.

“At independent studios [you realize later] ‘Oh no, our game’s coming to an end, I need to find work,” Jaffe relayed. “You have that in consoles every two to three years, and now it’s like your game’s coming to an end every five months or eight months, so there’s always pressure. As with anything that you want to do well, there’s going to be pressure.

“Right now, my guns are aimed at games as services; I’d like to make that the mainstay of my company.”

Jaffe’s next project is a free-to-play third-person shooter currently in development at his new startup.



  1. Ali Hayas

    It is the devs lack of confidence that is pushing them to the mobile industry catching the investors’ eyes. I have nothing against mobile gaming, bu I never considered it to be true gaming. Nothing more than just something to try while waiting in the a hospital or a resturant. I have never found myself playing a mobile game at home, safe for Sherlock Holmes on IPad. I have never actually finished a mobile game.

    Jaffe hasn’t released a very successful game since like forever, he is talented , but I don’t think he got the best chances out there, he has a chance to bring some hardcore gamers to the mobile gaming , but i don’t see that being easy.

    Anyone think that the whole Apple’s Pads,Phones and Pods are just a trend that’s gonna die in the near future ?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Kabby

    Woot, Jaffe filling the hole left by Molyneux. Good work.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. poketrainer

    I wish he had stayed working for Sony. Not only are his games (usually) great but maybe he would’ve stopped Sony from making the new PS3 super-slim model not so friggin’ ugly!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. TD_Monstrous69

    I knda can’t help but ask this, but now that he’s announced he’s making social and mobile games at his new start-up dev, then what the fuck was the point of him leaving Eat Sleep Play in the 1st place if they’re essentially making the same types of games he’s now in the pursuit of making?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. KAP

    Theres nothing wrong with making a quick buck,specially in todays climate but damn Jaffe don’t make it so obvious. Shit.

    I love Davids opinions 9 times out of 10 but I just feel that lately all he wants to do is expliot mobile gaming and not add anything special to it.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. fps_d0minat0r

    I hate it when they call it free to play. I bet there will be a message on every screen saying ‘if you want to do this you have to buy this, if you want to do that, you have to buy that’.
    just tell us the price for the whole damn game and stop calling it free!

    #6 2 years ago

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