Wearable technology such as Google Glass could have a revolutionary impact on games, claims the CEO of Glu Mobile.
Speaking to Venturebeat, Niccolo de Masi said the company had always backed Google’s technology early, and felt there was room for Glass "to be a phone replacer in the long-term". The studio is already looking to get into the wearable tech market with word game Spellista.
De Masi explained there was room for the price point to come down, and that long-term this could drive increased adoption, and this could happen faster than the smartphone.
"Every five or ten years, something more revolutionary than evolutionary comes along," said de Masi.
"It’s been six or seven years since the first iPhone. This could be one of those moments. The next seven years could well be a wearable wave. It could happen as fast or even faster than the smartphone, this PC in your pocket."
Despite his optimism for Google’s latest tech, De Masi was still hopeful for the future of the smartphone market which continues to grow on the gaming side.
"It’s the land of the big getting bigger," he said.
"There are opportunities for small companies like Supercell to come out of nowhere, but over time you’re going to see – My prediction I made a few months ago is that by the end of next year, every company of any significance will be public. Supercell is now part of a public company. King is trying to go public. Kabam, the rumours are going up and down. We’re public. Nexon, Gree, DeNA, Tencent.
"Since I joined Glu four years ago, the space has gone from when we were the only public mobile game company – aside from EA and Gameloft – to now, where virtually everything is public. That will help Glu in the long term. It brings transparency to all competitors over all metrics. We’ve been living with that for a long time."