EA financial boss: Mobile gaming will help expand console audience

Publisher's CFO thinks mobile gaming won't kill consoles

Mobile gaming will not lead to the eventual demise of console gaming, according to EA's financial boss.

Speaking at the Stifel Technology, Internet & Media Conference this week, the company's CFO Blake Jorgensen gave his views on suggestions that the rise of mobile gaming will kill consoles, Gamespot reports.


Jorgensen stated that, if anything, mobile gaming will help the console gaming business grow, rather than hindering it.

"It's bringing new people into the gaming business, but I don't see a day when it takes over the console experience," he said. "I think it will expand the console experience."

Jorgensen explained that console gaming and mobile gaming are very different experiences, citing Battlefield 4 as an example.

Mobile games cannot offer the deep online functionality and 64-player multiplayer gameplay that Battlefield offers, he argued, stating: "You just can't get that kind of experience on mobile. Mobile is a much more quick, short burst of gameplay."

He went on to say that EA's strategy going forward is to offer mobile experiences that complement console experiences. For example, players will be able to play the console version of a game on their TV at home, then enjoy a mobile version at work or on the train.

Late last month, EA posted a net loss of roughly $308 million for its third fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2013.