MTV Multiplayer reports:
Analysts look at bottom lines. They make recommendations for people to make money. Cynically, you'd think an analyst would recommend sequels, annualization, keeping the talent making them behind the scenes.
That's not necessarily what Evan Wilson, senior research analyst at Pacific Crest Securities, advocates. He sees financial successes coming from elevating talent, and making them a reason a consumer is interested in your project from the get-go.
"There are very few people in this world who know how to create hits. Not create a hit, but create multiple hits," said Wilson in an e-mail exchange. "Those creative minds should be recognized and remunerated in the video game industry for their contribution as much as other forms of media. From a business perspective, that might be more expensive, but if the reward is better selling games the trade-off is worth it."