The organiser of the UK’s biggest video games show- the Eurogamer Expo, is confident smartphone gaming won’t kill off traditional gaming.Rupert Loman thinks that people will always want the experience of playing a game on a big screen with friends or taking on other players online.
The Eurogamer Expo was held last week at London’s Earls Court.
It gives fans first hand gaming experience of about 50 upcoming titles, such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Assassin’s Creed 3.
“I just think it’s testament to how far the games industry has come, that there’s so many different ways you can play,” says Rupert.
He believes that the “huge” popularity of console gaming, and the massive numbers shifted by the likes of the Call of Duty series, means it’s as strong as ever.
” Gaming now offers something for everyone. There’s all sorts of ways of playing – online games, massively multi-player universes, social games.”
“With the Wii U you’ve got games that are great for kids and families. Anyone can game these days – there are so many ways of doing it.”
However he does admit that, while console gaming will always be around, mobile gaming could eventually overtake it in terms of popularity.
“It could well end up being a bigger industry,” he says.
“But I don’t think it will replace that situation where you want to play Fifa or something like that in your front room with your friends. That’s one experience. You’re on the train and you want to play a game on your 3DS or your Vita or on your mobile – that’s another”.
Rupert Loman says he expects Microsoft and Sony to start making moves very soon: “As far as I’m aware, their plans for next generation consoles are pretty far advanced.
“I’d expect them to be revealed mid-next year and be in the shops next Christmas, or soon after that.”