[casual_games] Re: Why did exclusive distribution deals break dwon between stuidos and theatres

Steven Davis ceo at secureplay.com
Wed Jan 18 12:50:39 EST 2006

Juan asked -

"This is a very interesting topic, and also worth mentioning that the Movie
business dealt with the same problem in the first 4 decades of existence. We
should dig down in the history of the movie business and find out when
studios broke down exclusive distribution deals with theatres, and why."

The studios used to own the theatres or vice versa (by the way, everyone who goes on about the similarity between the movie industry and the game industry should go read "The Big Picture" (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400063531/qid=1137606021/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/103-4823948-0808663?n=507846&s=books&v=glance) by Edward Epstein. It is very informative for a number of reasons.).

This was ended by a major anti-trust case that I believe was settled in the '60s.... which could be another reason to encourage more open data sharing... to avoid the impression that the game portals/publishers have too much market power.


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