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Video game players to top 1 billion: EA's CEO

More than a billion people will soon be a part of the global video game community, presenting software developers a broad opportunity for growth, said John Riccitiello, chief executive of Electronic Arts.

With many consumers worried about their jobs and curtailing spending, game makers like EA are applauding the rapid expansion of the market to women, older people and others new to the industry.

"A few years ago, I think there were a couple of hundred million consumer participants in our industry. I think we are going to break a billion in a year or two," Riccitiello said in an interview at the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles.

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