Early last week London, Ontario hosted the DIG London video game developers conference, with developers such as renowned developer and Silicon Knights president, Denis Dyack. GamingUnion.net had the unique opportunity to take part in an on-stage interview with Dyack, focusing on his core values within the video game industry. However, before going on stage we caught up with Dyack for an exclusive interview about other industry issues.
GamingUnion.net has prepared a two part interview for later today, and tomorrow, with Denis Dyack speaking on such issues as video game piracy, the injustice of used video game sales, and what digital distribution will do to the industry as we know it. Likely the most debatable issue discussed, used game sales, was a particularly interesting point of discussion.
When asked how digital distribution will change the relationship between publishers and developers, Dyack elaborated on the real reasoning behind the industry embracing digital distribution. Wherein most gamers would figure ease-of-use and the savings involved, Dyack spoke to what he sees as the real reason,
It's not because of anything else, it's because the economics alone on piracy. Piracy, everyone talks about, 'why are these single player games multiplayer?' It's got nothing to do with anything else but piracy and used game sales, which to me quite frankly are very similar.
There's a "cold war" going on behind the scenes within the industry that Dyack went into detail about. Save your own conclusions for GamingUnion.net's two part interview, as that's only the tip of the iceberg.