• Development costs are prohibitively expensive
    • Indie game developers find the development costs of dev stations, licensing, certification and more to be a major barrier to entry
    • Dev kits can cost as much as $50k each
    • Console games typically cost $1 million or more to make
  • Gatekeepers are restrictive about what gets out
    • The Big 3 (Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft) are restrictive about what they’ll allow on their consoles
    • Rejection or delays can be very expensive
  • Player time commitment is expensive
    • Console games are about time commitment
    • In a tough economy, leisure time is a luxury
    • Pick up and play is a growing trend
  • Game consoles and games are pricey
    • Console units typically cost $300 and up
    • New games cost $60 with older titles priced between $20 and $50