Embracing Silicon Valley, EA gears up for its digital empire (interview)

Electronic Arts generated $1.2 billion in digital game revenues in the past year. That includes revenues from downloadable content, Facebook games, web titles, mobile games, and other non-retail categories. But that’s just the beginning of EA’s transformation into a digital game company, since chief executive John Riccitiello says that games are moving from “that disk you buy to a place you go.”

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot embraces disruption, new business models and new platforms (interview)

Yves Guillemot, the chief executive of French game publisher Ubisoft, belives that traditional game companies will be able to meet the challenge of the changing game business, which is being disrupted with new business models and platforms. Ubisoft’s position is to create as many games as it can at the beginning of new platforms, establish a foothold, and then monetize the market with sequels after the new platform becomes established. We caught up with Guillemot on Sunday for an interview. Here’s an edited transcript.