5. Consolidation

Here’s the one that might be the most debated on whether it’s good or not: consolidation. While it’s not an innovation in business, the consolidations of 2007 were extremely significant — chiefly BioWare and Pandemic being folded into Electronic Arts, and the announcement of Activision and Blizzard’s merger. There were others, of course, and of no less significance to the players involved, no doubt.

When Gamasutra spoke with him, BioWare’s Ray Muzyka had nothing but positive things to say about the merger with EA, his respect for its management team, and the promise of a stronger future for the developer’s creative drive under EA.

Of course, the Activision Blizzard merger, on the other hand, is being viewed chiefly from a financial perspective, which isn’t to be ignored. Either way, these are significant moves that point towards an evolving future for the structure of the industry.
4. Catering to the Wii Audience

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