On the other hand, there was an unspoken layer of fear I couldn’t help notice. Everyone knew that Facebook was now completely locked up and that Zynga was hurting from an old formula that no longer worked, see Cityville 2 and other news. Everyone knew that mobile was getting more competitive. My talk this year was on why we should be innovating in free-to-play, and when I told the story of the demise of casual, I could see many in the room nodding. I think people are getting worried the easy money is gone and they are not as certain of the business model longevity as they once were.
Nicholas is a great designer and a deep thinker. Ignore his prognostications at your peril!