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Michael French

By Michael French

November 2nd 2011 at 11:15AM

Survey of over 1,000 votes iPhone and Steve Jobs as the most influential on games

Move over, Miyamoto. Step aside, Steam. The games industry says Steve Jobs and the iPhone were most influential thing to happen to interactive entertainment.

A survey of over 1,000 industry execs has put the two at the top of the league tables when it comes to which products and which people have had the most impact on video games.

The questions were part of a survey conducted by Intent Media ahead of the London Games Conference, which takes place next week on Thursday, November 10th at One Wimpole Street.

Jobs and the iPhone came out ahead of Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, Facebook inventor Mark Zuckerburg and the Nintendo Wii and Xbox Live. The top fives from the survey can be found to the right.

London Games Conference is focused on the digital games market, and features keynotes from GameStop and Valve, plus talks delivered by Sega, OnLive and PopCap. The event is sponsored by IGN and InComm.

Few tickets remain – book your place by contacting Hannah.Short@intentmedia.co.uk or call her on 01992 535 646.

Top five people to have shaped video games

1 Steve Jobs
2 Gabe Newell (co-founder and managing director of Valve)
3 Shigeru Miyamoto (developer of Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda)
4 Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the world wide web)
5 Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook)

Top five products to have shaped video games

1 Apple’s iPhone
2 Nintendo Wii console
3 Xbox Live
4 The original PlayStation console
5 Steam (digital distribution)