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UK is lagging behind says Natural Motion CEO

Needs to catch up when it comes to free-to-play titles

Torsten Reil has warned the UK that it needs to step up its game when it comes to the growing free-to-play genre.

"I think the UK is still lagging behind very much," the Natural Motion CEO told Develop.

"I'm seeing on some games that are coming up that I think look great and take a huge step forward in visual fidelity on these devices but they are not games that resonate that well necessarily on a large scale because of either the subject matter or more likely the play pattern."

Natural Motion's titles include Icebreaker Hockey, NFL Rivals and free-to-play titles CSR Racing and My Horse.

"I think free-to-play is not properly understood in most of the UK, and I think that is a huge issue, but it is something that will change," he continued.

"It's just a question if whether it happens fast enough for several big companies to emerge. We're going to end up worldwide with probably three-to-four really big players worldwide in this market and we want to be the leader."

Speaking to GamesIndustry International last month, Reil announced that Natural Motion had raised $11 million in funding.

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Rachel Weber: Rachel Weber has been with GamesIndustry since 2011 and specialises in news-writing and investigative journalism. She has more than five years of consumer experience, having previously worked for Future Publishing in the UK.
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