Fi­nan­cial sim­u­la­tion


Pub­licly traded pub­lish­ers have an obli­ga­tion to de­liver the max­i­mum pos­si­ble profit to share­hold­ers. At one end of the bud­getary spec­trum, this means spend­ing big on a lav­ishly pro­duced game aimed at a wide au­di­ence. At the other, a free-to-play game de­signed to reel in, and re­tain, as large a group as pos­si­ble. The sim­u­la­tor fits in nowhere on this scale. That’s not stopped big com­pa­nies from try­ing, but a style of game where ac­cu­racy trumps spec­ta­cle is a hard sell. It’s all risk, with lit­tle prospect of re­ward.

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