Ngmoco CEO sees mobile gaming ascension turning consoles into a 'hobbyist' market

Clive Downie, mobile developer ngmoco's CEO, believes that the rise of tablet and smartphone gaming will relegate consoles into a niche, hardcore audience, according to an interview with GamesIndustry International.

"I believe [console's] market share will be eroded due to the opportunities that tablets can provide to more consumers all over the world," Downie said. "I do believe there will always be a console market — my sense is it will become ultracore, almost like hobbyist, in the way that certain genres of entertainment or product become hobbyist over time as people have migrated to other things."

Downie sees evidence for his prediction in the rapid adoption new of devices like the iPod Touch and iPad, in which "every subsequent launch of technology in this space has outpaced its predecessor."

He also touts the platforms' portability and games that can cater to limited gaming time.

"They suit the speed we live our lives," he said, and he hopes that games like ngmoco's upcoming shooter The Drowning will bridge the gap between console and the portable gaming.

More from Polygon

The horror of Five Nights at Freddy's

  • Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King Overview

  • Spacecom: a fast 4X built for multiplayer

  • Pillars of Eternity builds on role-playing classics

  • Tour the 1 KB hard drive built inside Minecraft

Latest Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5353_tracker