DFC Intelligence has released its new report examining industry trends that emerged from the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) held in Los Angeles from June 5-7, 2012. For a limited time DFC is making this report available for to anyone that signs up for the beta version of the DFC Dossier.
DFC has been covering every E3 since the show launched in 1995. Traditionally E3 has been the event where major new video game products are revealed, but according to the DFC report this year’s event was fairly subdued. This was despite a major new console, the Wii U, being revealed for the first time in a playable version. “Nintendo was very cautious about what they announced at this year’s E3,” said DFC Intelligence CEO David Cole. “Not only did they not announce many specifics about the Wii U, but they did not even show the new 3DS XL portable system which is launching this summer.”
A major trend at the show was large publishers not willing to take risks on big new
franchises. “This year it seemed to be all about sequels to core franchises,” said DFC analyst Jeremy Miller. “Ubisoft and Sony Computer Entertainment seemed to be the only companies taking risks on new platforms and new IP.”
The DFC report notes that E3 is normally not a show to cover new business models
or platforms like smart phones or tablets. However, at the 2012 E3 some companies from Asia had major exhibits. For example, Gree a Japanese provider of games for mobile platforms and had a huge booth this year. “One of the biggest trends we saw was successful companies from Asia making major statements that they plan to expand to North America. These are potential major players that are still relatively unknown to the E3 audience,” said Cole.
The E3 report is available to DFC subscribers and those that signup for the new DFC Dossier beta. To request a copy of the report contact Insun Yoon at or signup here ( https://www.dfcint.com/DFCDossier/signup.php).
About DFC Intelligence
DFC Intelligence is a strategic market research and consulting firm focused on interactive entertainment and the emerging video game, online game, interactive entertainment and portable game markets. Since 1995 DFC has published in-depth strategic market reports and subscription-based research services. In 2012, DFC Intelligence will be launching an online version of the DFC Dossier. The DFC Dossier has been providing regular industry analysis since 2007. DFC research is used by more than 300 leading companies in over 30 countries worldwide.