Back in 2003, one analyst predicted that today's mobile games market would be worth $18 billion. In fact, it's worth just $2.5 billion. What went wrong? That was the theme of Robert Tercek's keynote The First Decade of Mobile Games. The GDC Mobile founding chairman walked through the past ten years of deals, games and technical innovations, and sought to find out why the mobile games sector has failed to live up to those early promises.
He said, "$2.5 billion is a big number and something that we should be proud of. But why isn't it more than that? Why isn't it $18 billion? It's difficult to believe that five years ago, people were saying that today's mobile games market would be worth more than the PC and console games market combined."