Speaking this afternoon at the second annual London Games Conference currently taking place at BAFTA in central London, the founder and managing director of the world’s largest browser game portal has predicted the future of gaming won’t be PC, console, mobile or browser-based, instead it lies in online games that work across the entire range of technologies.
In his opening keynote at LGC 2010 – entitled The Future of Online Games – Bigpoint founder and MD Heiko Hubertz stated that: ”It’s not rocket science to understand why online games like Farmville have been so massively successful: they have localised global distribution and relatively low development costs, and this is exactly why they will continue to be the blueprint for profitable games development.
“When it comes to the future of gaming, do not make the mistake of throwing everything at one platform, and especially not if that platform is Facebook – you’ll only create a very dangerous dependency. Remember that quality and cross-platform development is king. You need to make it possible for users to play the same character in the same game on different platforms and interact with them in real-time.”
Heiko Hubertz is about to be followed on stage by 15 industry heavy weights including Codemasters CEO Rod Cousens, Playfire chief Kieran O’Neill, Playfish general manager John Earner, Gaikai’s David Perry, Q Entertainment CEO Shuji Utsumi, Capcom’s European boss David Reeves, and key execs from GameStop, IGN and Screen Digest, who will be presenting exclusive new data at the conference.
This year’s LGC is the final event in a month-long London Games Festival and will end with a closing keynote from Ed Vaizey, minister for culture, at 8pm.
LGC 2010 is supported by platinum sponsor IGN, and gold sponsors The Hut, AGI, InComm, Virgin Gaming, Multiplay and freeform.London.
Bigpoint is the world’s largest portal for browser games and ranks among the top three gaming portals worldwide with over 150 million registered players and growing.