Despite the fact that Xbox Live Arcade grew to become an incredibly-successful platform for Microsoft, it wasn’t initially welcomed with open arms. In fact, there was an internal fear at the company during the early days of Xbox that XBLA would bring about the end of the console business.
XBLA creator Greg Canessa recently stopped by the IGN office to discuss the online platform, revealing that many at Microsoft “didn’t understand” that Xbox Live Arcade offered different types of gaming experiences, and as such, wasn’t a threat to the console industry.
“There was a legitimate fear that Xbox Live Arcade was going to cannibalize retail sales and completely destroy the console industry,” Canessa said on the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered. “That was actually a quote I got from one of the internal folks.”