Late Apple chief Steve Jobs has been honored with many well-deserved titles during his illustrious career. But the latest top honor may come as somewhat of a surprise to many.
A recently conducted survey among video game industry professionals shows that Steve Jobs is widely considered to be the "most influential person" in the video game industry today. Besting a who's who of industry veterans - including Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto - the survey of 1,000 industry insiders gave the top spot to Jobs, who "won" the poll by plurality with 26 percent of the vote. Jobs also nabbed 46 percent of the top five winners’ vote.
According to the London Games Conference, which sponsored the survey, here are the big winners:
- Steve Jobs 26%
- Gabe Newell 16%
- Shigeru Miyamoto 7%
- Tim Berners-Lee 4%
- Mark Zuckerberg 3%
Correspondingly, here's what the survey respondents listed for the top five products to have shaped the contemporary video game landscape:
- Apple’s iPhone 17%
- Nintendo Wii console 7%
- Xbox Live 3%
- The original PlayStation console 3%
- Steam 2%
“In just over three years the iPhone and the App Store have transformed what consumers expect of games, and how the industry makes and sells them – today, download games have come to the fore. Steve Jobs, the iPhone’s driving force, was the ultimate independent developer – uncompromising in his vision, with unquestionable influence, and hugely artistic and commercial results,” says Michael French, editor in chief, MCV, the leading trade magazine of the video games industry.