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EA’s Peter Moore says social doomsayers shouldn’t “read too much into” Zynga’s woes

Wednesday, 24th October 2012 14:56 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

EA’s Peter Moore believes the “overheating and overhyping of social gaming” over the last year has lead to the the overhyping of the genre’s demise, as there’s still a “strong place” in the market for social gaming.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Moore’s comments reiterate those made by CEO John Riccitiello last week, a thinks people shouldn’t “read too much into whatever is going on with Zynga.”

“We always feel bad when people lose their jobs,” he said. “Our hope is certainly the locations I’ve read online, those folks can get re-employed pretty quickly.

“The overheating and overhyping of social gaming over the last year-and-a-half has put this thing on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times and the Times of London, and has made this an interesting focal point for our industry. I think it just got a little overhyped. And now the demise is being overhyped the opposite way.

“I still think there’s a strong place for social gaming. I think a lot of social gaming is moving mobile. We feel well positioned to take advantage of that. And people shouldn’t read too much into whatever is going on with Zynga.”

Moore said he is making sure the firm is “well positioned” with its social games structure, and success lies in diversity and linking the game experience across as many platforms as possible.

“From your Phone to your PC to your 360 or your PS3 back to your tablet, that is the future,” he said. “It’s a service. It’s not a standalone game. It gives a great experience to the gamer, first and foremost, and it also protects us from any downfall in a particular piece of hardware or platform. It spreads our bets a little bit.”

Zynga will post its financial earnings later today.

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  1. Stardog

    It’s not social games that are the problem, just bad social games.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Cobra951

    No, making me go pinpong between Pandora and Randy’s tweets in Borderlands 2 to get the best loot is very much a bad thing, in and of itself. I expect my games to be complete products on the single platform of my choice. I expect them to be self-contained entities. The bullshit spouted by M Molyneux is the future? Zynga was the future at one point too, no?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Old MacDonald

    Considering the insane amounts of money EA’s invested in social games, he would say that, wouldn’t he?

    Also, the stuff about multiple devices? Screw that. It’s one of those things the people in marketing want people to want, and will try to make people want, but this time, they’ll fail. It’s confusing, not something most games would really benefit from, and not something people want. All it’ll do is reduce the value of each individual version of a game.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DarkElfa

    If EA bought themselves would they go out of business?

    #4 2 years ago