London: Cross-platform game development is "the future"

Speaking at the London Games Conference today, managing director and founder of Bigpoint games, Heiko Hubertz, stated that PC and console gaming will not be the where the heart of gaming lies in the future.  Instead, he predicted that games will not survive unless they are cross-platform online games that take advantage of the browser-based and mobile platforms, combining the strengths of all availible technologies.

He went on to say:

"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.”

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.  Maybe Mr. Hubertz is biased, but he does make a solid point.