Former Xbox VP Ed Fries casts a wary eye on the success of Xbox Game Pass. The Microsoft service, which already has 25 million subscribers, continues to feed its content catalog month after month. However, the official stressed the danger that a product of these characteristics could end up harming the industry. He verbalized it on the Xbox Expansion podcast, where he claimed to feel “nervous.”
“Game Pass scares me because it’s kind of analogous to something called Spotify, which was created by the music industry. When Spotify took off, it destroyed the music industry,” says the former executive. “I mean, it literally halved the industry’s annual revenue, causing people to stop buying songs. »
A fragile industry?
According to Fries, the industry needs to be careful: “We don’t want to create the same system for the video game industry. These types of markets are more fragile than one might think. He gives an example of what happened in the early 1980s, when the company suffered a crisis unprecedented in its then very short existence.
He also witnessed how “the educational software industry fell apart in the mid-1990s. That’s why Game Pass makes me nervous. As a customer, I love it, just as I love Spotify as a consumer. I have all the problems where I want, so it’s a good thing for the customer, but it’s not necessarily a good thing for the industry. »
Fries also claimed that Spotify-style streaming services have led Apple to stop selling more songs because “nobody buys them anymore.” In any case, they publish in VGC, some people in the music industry have refuted their arguments and pointed out that the industry has grown and reaped nearly $26,000 million in profits. When Spotify debuted in 2011, that figure was much lower (around $15,000 million).
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