With the EA/Take-Two deal falling through, I had the opportunity to interview Lan Haiwen, CEO of the Chinese game development company, Ultizen:
He gives his opinion on what will happen with Take Two and provides a dire assessment of the gaming industry's X-Mas sales targets. While many investors like to say gaming is recession-proof, this X-Mas season may prove them wrong. My interview with Mr. Lan is below.
Headquartered in Shanghai China. Ultizen has, totally, over 350 employees, 300 in Shanghai China, 50 in Beijing China, and 2 in LA US.
[My note: see http://games.teamxbox.com/xbox-360/2100/Crazy-Mouse/]
[My note: given what I've heard at Adobe and Yahoo shareholder meetings, Mr. Lan is correct--mobile gaming is projected to be a huge market.]
4. How many total games has Microsoft asked you to make, and how did you manage to get its business?
5. What are your competitive advantages over more established, well-known game companies?
Mr. Lan clearly has enthusiasm for his work. I thank him for the opportunity to interview him over email.