Here’s a headline and a half: Apple has been voted the biggest influence on the video games industry.
The report from which the conclusions were drawn surveyed one thousand people working in the industry, with Apple founder Steve Jobs voted most influential person (with 26% of the vote overall) and the iPhone taking 17% of the product category.
The top five people and products from the survey, which was carried out by the London Games Conference, are below:
Top five people to have shaped video games
- Steve Jobs 26% / 46%
- Gabe Newell (co-founder and managing director of Valve) 16% / 29%
- Shigeru Miyamoto (developer of Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda) 7% / 12%
- Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the world wide web) 4% / 8%
- Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) 3% / 5%
Top five products to have shaped video games
- Apple’s iPhone 17% / 53%
- Nintendo Wii console 7% / 22%
- Xbox Live 3% / 9%
- The original PlayStation console 3% / 9%
- Steam (digital distribution) 2% / 7%
(First figures are percentage of overall vote; second are percentage of top five votes)
“In just over three years the iPhone and the App Store have transformed what consumers expect of games, and how the industry makes and sells them – today, download games have come to the fore,” said Michael French, editor in chief, MCV.
“Forget PlayStation, the Internet or Mario,” says the press release, “it seems Apple has had the biggest impact on the world of video games.”