Dyack: Apps Are 'Eroding' The Quality Of Handhelds

By Darryl Kaye on May 19, 2011, 8:17AM EDT

Denis Dyack has said that the number of tacky apps available on Apple's App Store or the Android Market are really decreasing the quality of the entire handheld market.

My understanding is that there are 17,000 fart apps right now," said Dyack, who's the president of Silicon Knights. "Looking at that number it's frightening. What it seems to be doing is eroding the handheld market where you're actually getting really high quality games instead of fart apps.

"And I'm not saying there aren't quality games on the iOS, because there are; there are some good games there, but there's so much performance oversupply and commoditisation that it is actually affecting the industry in a very negative way," he concluded.

His point, is that the inflated number of apps drives down the price of apps overall and makes it harder for decent products to actually make any money.

"EEDAR did a talk where they said the gross average for an iOS game - gross, not net - was $700," revealed Dyack. "I can guarantee you that a company like ours and most people cannot survive on a $700 gross."

Rather alarming figures.

Source: Industry Gamers

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