Chief operating officer of Electronic Arts Peter Moore isn’t a cynical guy and doesn’t believe that console game is facing any sort of demise. Speaking with Bloomberg TV, Moore said even though the mobile gaming has grown, gamers still want core titles they can play on a big screen.
“The console business is still a core part of our business; it’s the majority of our business. The demise of console gaming is very premature as far as we’re concerned,” Moore said.
“We still have thousands of people focused on developing current-generation Xbox 360 and PS3 games, as well as people focused now on the next generation when that finally arrives,” he added. “And so, people still want core games. People want to sit back in their living rooms, take advantage of their HD TVs, and and play fully immersive games like [Battlefield 4].”
Moore also predicts in the interview that he expects EA digital sales to overtake its traditional packaged goods business by 2015.
“In two years we could be looking at the tipping point where digital becomes bigger than the traditional core,” Moore said.
Moore is believed to the be the most likely candidate to be the CEO of EA after John Riccitiello departure and said one thing the new EA CEO needs to do is execute.
“We did not executive to the level that we needed to in [fiscal year 2013] and [John Riccitiello] took accountability for that. And I think the future CEO will focus on pure execution because all the ingredients are there; we have the world’s best developers, we have a tremendous publishing pipeline, and we’ve made the hard decisions about our platform.”