Steve Jobs Voted Most Influential Person in Gaming Industry

Steve Jobs, the late Apple co-founder, has been voted the most influential person in gaming history in a survey of gaming executives conducted ahead of the London Games Conference.

The survey, which involved interviews with over 1,000 gaming executives, also revealed that the gaming industry considers the iPhone as the most influential device for gaming, ahead of the original PlayStation and the Nintendo Wii.

According to the survey, the former Apple CEO has been named as the most influential person in the gaming industry followed by Gabe Newell the co-founder and managing director of online gaming platform Valve, Shigeru Miyamoto the developer behind iconic games like Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web and Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook.

The executives also declared that the Apple iPhone had helped shape the gaming industry the most, followed by the Nintendo Wii console, Microsoft's Xbox Live platform, the original PlayStation console and online gaming distribution platform Steam.

The survey was conducted by Intent Media for the London Games Conference which takes place on November 10 at One Wimpole Street. The conference, which has been sponsored by IGN and InComm, will feature keynotes from Sega, OnLive and PopCap along with GameStop and Valve.