GamesBeat's Dean Takahashi: The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game trade show in Los Angeles was full of glitzy press conferences. So many big companies were acting like it was business as usual. They showed games that were the third or fourth in the series on the same generation of game consoles. One very well-known game developer came up to me and said, “I wonder if any of this is going to matter. There is so much change happening in the industry that is going to make this all irrelevant.”
That sentiment seemed like a familiar takeaway from the show. I caught up with Mitch Lasky, general partner at Benchmark Capital, at a recent dinner of his portfolio of game companies. The people around the table were the nimble startups that are more likely to trigger interesting changes and survive the zombie apocalypse for games — companies such as Gaikai, Meteor Entertainment, NaturalMotion Games, Thatgamecompany, and Gaia Online.