Playstation CEO says Indies are the Spielbergs of gaming
Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, feels very optimistic about the future of the gaming industry. He recognizes that the indie scene will prove to be invaluable.
Opening avenues of self publishing on Playstation Network respectively for the PS3, PS Vita and the upcoming PS4 confirms Sony’s acknowledgement. They didn’t have much of a choice with platforms like Android, iOS and Steam which are very popular among indies.
When asked by CNN Money why Playstation is showcasing smaller games as opposed to focus on the AAA publishers he said that some of the most talented and creative developers come into the industry through indies and not the big AAA publishers.
“Looking back, the fear was always that you’d have a few giant publishers making middle of the road games. But the opposite has happened.
Thanks to independent developers and smaller studios, you have the Steven Spielbergs of our industry coming out of one- and two-man teams, out of university development projects, where somebody just has a really creative mind and they come out with a game that maybe doesn’t have $100 million, 300-person team polish but is absolute genius.”
Furthermore Tretton stated all this creativity helps to validate this industry.
“That bodes extremely well. You’ve got creativity flourishing. It’s great for the medium and validates that this is mainstream entertainment. It guarantees there’s going to be something for everyone.”
Tretton also repeats how important it is for their customers to be given a choice rather than being forced in a certain direction.
“The mantra we’ve always had is “choice.” Never try to shove something down a consumer’s throat that they don’t have an appetite for. It goes back to when we first introduced online gaming. We allowed a gamer to get involved without paying a fee, we allowed a gamer to get involved with an analogue connection vs. a broadband connection. We’ve also offered consumers a choice, whether it’s movie format or game format. Do you want to buy digital goods or physical goods? The choice is yours.”
When asked how their position is now compared to the PS3 launch they seem to be in a “much better position”. Not launching later and the lower price point are the key features he believes will give them an edge in the console war. “There were a lot of lessons learned in things we did not want to repeat. I really relish the opportunity to come to market in a timely way at $399.”
An exact release date hasn’t been announced yet but rumors are they will reveal this at next month’s Gamescom in Cologne.