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Thursday, July 20, 2000
MW: Westlake Diversifies
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IMG just spoke with the staff of Westlake Interactive at MWNY, and we have learned that they intend to diversify their lineup in the future, specifically by developing for console platforms. They expect 20% of their business to become various types of console work, while 80% will remain ports of PC games to the Mac OS.

This is a move we at IMG have anticipated for some time; even with remarkable sales figures for Mac game titles, this company has almost never been able to collect royalties on their ports. Console development is a lucrative field, and a growing one; whether their work will entail porting games from PC to console or which consoles they will work with is not known at this time - they are currently 'in talks' with console makers.

Westlake also expressed their disappointment once again with Apple's Developer Support program. They cited a lack of seeded hardware and tepid or zero response to e-mail and phone calls over the past six months, as well as obstinacy over the issues surrounding Mac OS X and its support for gaming APIs.

They reassured us several times that their primary business will continue to be porting great games to the Mac OS, but unless there is a radical change in the Mac game market, they will be forced to move into the console field to grow their business. We wish them the best of luck, and great sales of their upcoming ports of value-priced titles.

Westlake Interactive

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