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Ubisoft CEO predicts the industry will move entirely to streaming after next console generation

Ubisoft CEO predicts the industry will move entirely to streaming after next console generation

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot claims the physical console era is drawing to a close with a new dawn of streaming on the way.

Speaking to Variety, the Ubisoft chief said that he sees everything, from console to mobile, moving to streaming libraries.

He claimed that such a move would be good for the industry as it will broaden its overall appeal.

“There will be one more console generation and then after that, we will be streaming, all of us,” said Guillemot.

"It is going to help the triple-A games industry grow much faster.

“We have to work on the accessibility of those games, to make sure they can be played on any device, but the fact that we will be able to stream those games on mobile phones and television screens without a console is going to change a lot of the industry."

Prepared

Guillemot’s line of thought is also an inner reflection of Ubisoft’s policy going forward.

Speaking to investors back in March 2018 following the company’s financial report for the fiscal year ended March 31st 2018, he spoke of about the publisher’s long-term goal of “digital transformation”.

“Our digital transformation is progressing at a faster pace than we anticipated,” said Guillemot at the time.

“Our potential in the PC and mobile markets is massive, notably in China. Finally, we are continuing to develop and structure our esports offering, which represents a significant opportunity.”

He further stated: “Over the longer-term, new forms of gaming, enabled notably by streaming, will allow our brands to reach a much wider audience.

“Consequently, we are investing in our online services platform, which boasted 88 million unique active players, as well as in artificial intelligence in order to better tailor the game experience to each player’s profile and therefore offer them ever-richer experiences."

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Iain is a freelance writer based in Scotland with a penchant for indies and all things Nintendo. Alongside PocketGamer.Biz, he has also appeared in Kotaku, Rock Paper Shotgun, PCGamesN and VG24/7.

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