A New Front in the Console Wars

The downloads gaming market is opening up a new avenue of competition for console makers and giving indie game developers a shot at the spotlight
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Recent shifts in the gaming landscape have made it easier for small companies to have a big impact. Even as the industry consolidates, creating massive new companies such as the ever-larger (BusinessWeek.com, 10/29/07) Electronic Arts (ERTS) and the newly formed Activision Blizzard (BusinessWeek.com, 12/4/07), smaller independent game developers have gotten a boost from console download services such as Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 3 Network and Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox Live. Smaller development budgets and the relative simplicity of offering download-only titles is benefiting even the smallest developers.

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