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Op Ed

Dubious Quality - The Self-Evaluated Genius Of Bobby Kotick. Thanks nin.
No one seems to be noticing the incredibly obvious analogy here, which is oil. Successful oil companies, even as they pump oil from successful wells, are always conducting research into additional drilling locations, and they drill new wells, even though many of them will turn out to be dry or of almost no commercial use.

They do that because even their highest-producing wells have limited capacity.

Sure, maybe it's not limited right now, but eventually, the oil pumped from a well will start to decline. And there have to be new wells to replace that production.

That's not how Bobby Kotick does business.

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14. Re: Op Ed Jul 26, 2011, 19:15 Sepharo
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 26, 2011, 18:52:
Implying that companies can't have good R&D and foster innovation because they buy innovative companies is asinine.

Eh, sounded like he was just stating the facts. Microsoft and Activision are publishers who find good ideas elsewhere and buy them. Maybe he was implying that it wasn't R&D (I didn't think so), but I agree with you that it is just another form of it.

Valve does the same thing to some extent but it also invests heavily into R&D with its own developers and makes the teams it buys its own as well.

Microsoft and Activision are more apt to partner/buy the studio, fund it, and then either shut it down or reorganize it into Activison Developer #2.

Do Microsoft and Activision create/nurture new IP or do they buy it?


Eh, I guess the thing that he originally replied to is where the implication comes from. Maybe I should read the quotes along with the new comments.
 
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