“$30 million budgets” killing innovation, says former EA boss

By Patrick Garratt, Thursday, 7 February 2008 07:14 GMT

Speaking at DICE in Las Vegas, Mitch Lasky – former head of EA Mobile and now a partner at Benchmark Capital, has blamed Sony and Microsoft for me-too trends in games development, not the grouping of smaller companies.

“Don’t blame consolidation,” he said on the subject of lack of innovation in games. “Blame Sony and Microsoft for jumping the budgets up to $30 million for a console game. That’s not consolidation’s fault.”

Of course, an unhealthy lack of innovation in games is nothing to do with the way publishers like EA operate.

“Publisher have got to make their numbers,” he said. “It’s all about mitigation and growth.”

DICE is running until Friday at the Red Rock resort in Las Vegas.

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