Konami's New CEO Says that Mobile Gaming is Konami's New Focus
Konami has been in the headlines all month, with DMCA takedowns, Kojima leaving Konami, and PT being unavailable to download. Konami is keeping it up, as in an interview with Japanese website Nikkei Trendy Net, new CEO of Konami Hideki Hayakawa reportedly talked about the future of gaming and Konami's involvement. The CEO said that the main focus of Konami's gaming division will be shifting towards the mobile gaming market.
"We will pursue mobile games aggressively," said Hayakawa. "Our main platform will be mobiles. Following the pay-as-you-play model of games like Power pro and Winning Eleven with additional content, our games must move from selling things like 'items' to selling things like 'features.'
Though the CEO expressed hope for MGSV and other PC and console games, he would like the company to begin pushing their hit franchises towards the mobile market, saying that mobile is the future of Konami in gaming.
"Gaming has spread to a number of platforms, but at the end of the day, the platform that is always closest to us, is mobile. Mobile is where the future of gaming lies. With multiplatform games, there's really no point in dividing the market into categories anymore. Mobiles will take on the new role of linking the general public to the gaming world. We hope that our overseas games such as MGSV and Winning Eleven continue to do well, but we are always thinking about how to push our franchises onto mobile there too."