Title: Updating Business Models: Innovation through Online Games
Citation: Games and Innovation Research Seminar 2011 Working Papers p. 10-18
Publisher: TRIM Research Report 7
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC66642
ISBN: 978-951-44-8705-7
ISSN: 1799-2141
URI: http://www.trim.fi
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: —: In less than 40 years, software games developed from scratch into an industry producing billions of profits and today, its revenues and investments give the video games industry a relevant position among other mainstream media industries. In the period 2004 to 2013, the global video game market is expected to grow from less than 30 billion to over US$ 70 billion (PWC 2009). The growth of the video games software market is expected to be primarily driven by online and wireless game software, while hardware would proportionally decline in terms of revenues, changing hence the rules of the game. It is forecasted that especially the online space will substitute on the long run the currently available boxed product. The present paper is based on a comprehensive survey of the video games software industry with a focus on the EU competitiveness, and concentrates on one aspect of this research. The investigated research question is how and to what extent on line games transformed the structure of the video games industry with connectivity becoming permanent, products converting into (on-line) services, and the progressive integration of media services and technologies. By the same token looks at how on-line games themselves pave the way for innovative business models.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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