As we consider the trends of the past 12 months and look forward to the next 12 months, we've asked the great and the good in the mobile gaming industry for their opinions.
Niccolo de Masi is the CEO of Glu Mobile, the Nasdaq-floated mobile publisher, which focuses on hardcore free-to-play games for iOS and Android.
Pocket Gamer: What do you think was the most significant event for the mobile games industry in 2012?
Niccolo de Masi: I think it was the integration of Facebook into iOS 6.
This demonstrates the dominance of Apple on its own platform as the only distribution mechanism. Facebook has waned correspondingly. OpenFeint closed. Web success does not translate to mobile.
What was the most significant event for Glu?
Growing our smartphone revenues (at guidance midpoint) over 80 percent compared to 2011.
What was your favourite mobile game of the year?
Deer Hunter Reloaded [released by Glu].
What do you predict will be the most important trends in 2013?
2D mid-core gaming gives way to 3D hardcore gaming
The first $100 million run-rate revenue freemium mobile game will have launched by the end of the year
China becomes the clear second largest market after the US for freemium mobile gaming
What's your New Year's resolution and what resolution would you suggest for the industry?
Glu's resolution is to increase our ARPDAU and LifeTime Value across all 2013 releases.
For the industry, it should be to support Windows 8 as the third global platform. Competition would be healthy for Apple and Google.
If they can do as the CEO says there is no reason when they prove it this isnt a double from these levels. EOY is always a little stagnant for small cap stocks. With any positive guidance and some follow through from the last call we should see much higher pps in the coming 3-6 months.. At these price, small mkt cap, growing in a growing space.. all bode well for a better future..
-0CORRECT. IF ! BUT THAT IS WHAT HE HAS BEEN FAILING ON . All the promise, and still a bum.
CORRECT. Small caps often suffer year end.
WRONG. POSITIVE GUIDANCE ? WHY ? All beta games are suking. Nearly all legacy games are floundering, nearly all SEQUEL games are clearly under performing, NO NEW SLATE TO EVEN TALK ABOUT, New President of Game Developement is a no show, pricing internally(iap) format is BROKEN, sector is broken, inflow of new money is gone.SO WHY WOULD THERE BE NEW UPWARD GUIDANCE ? OR......corrective measures that WORK with the other things I pointed out?
FOLLOW THROUGH FROM LAST CC ? WHAT ? "OUR GAMES DIDN';T MEET EXPECTATION, WE ARE LOWERING REVENUE GUIDANCE, NEED MORE TIME, BOMBARDED MARKET WILL ILLL FATD GAMES WITH BAD AND CONFUSING PRICING, FRAGMENTATION THAT ISN'T FEASIBLE TO MAKE ALL HAPPY, WE HAVE NO SMASH HITS" ????? what follow through?
i'M NOT SURE IF YOU SHOULD CHANGE YOUR NAME , BECAUSE WORKING ON YOUR METRICS.......AIN'T SQUEEZING THE ZIT !
HOW ABOUT SOME "REAL" REASONS INSTEAD OF IF, BUT , WHAT, DUH, MAYBE, ETC.
I would like to hear them because clearly nobody here knows what the F they are looking at.
yeah....this says it all "THE NASDAQ FLOATED COMPANY" Keep issuing those shares Nicky boy !
"TO INCREASE ARPDAU AND lifeterm value because that is why we missed our numbers"
and last .......digging deep with the fudged 80% growth of smartphones rev's. THAT's all BYE BYE NOW NICKY BOY !
HE used to make great points in the past, but is slacking completely ......I know ginnies.......I can read his shivering statements !
As I have said. NOT ONE of you turds have had a REASON for gluu to work.
A article was posted today.......thats is a positive.
Contents were nothing to write home about. DeMasi...."CHINA (no money for downloads and no currency exchange or carrier billing) will grow" yippie !
100 million dollar freemium game will surface..........yeah too bad by Mobage or Kabam.......
This guy is a little kid in a suit.......WELL EDUCATED ..but not worldy and street smart. aka DREAMER aka MILKER OF SHAREHOLDER EQUITY.