Zynga CEO Mark Pincus says ‘no thanks’ to console gaming, isn’t worried about a life detached from Facebook
Zynga CEO and founder Mark Pincus just took the stage here at D10, and in a wide-ranging interview with Kara Swisher, he sidestepped conversation about Words With Friends and Farmville long enough to touch on the murky world of console gaming. In a bid to quell any potential surprises at E3 next month, Mark said outrightly that his company is not interested in getting into the console world. “We’re aiming for you,” he said while pointing at Swisher. “We’re going after the mainstream market. There’s too much friction [in the console world].”
He also made clear that he tries to not look too far ahead of where the world really is. When talking about the undeniable shift to mobile, he made clear that there’s still a huge amount of desktop traffic on Zynga’s games — “lots of people play while bored on conference calls at work,” he quipped. It’s an interesting viewpoint in a world where PSN and Xbox Live Arcade has given independent developers all new distribution platforms to reach users, but it also highlights the outfit’s intrinsic attachment to Facebook in particular.