Deconstructor of Fun

Deconstructor of Fun

By Deconstructor of Fun
Deconstructor of Fun podcast dives deep into the economic side of free-to-play games in search of what makes them not only fun but also commercially successful.

The podcast has two forms​ of episodes:
1. This Week in Games (TWIG), which analyses the latest news
2. The Series, which focus on one specific topic through multiple episodes.

The podcast is a long-form conversation hosted by (Twitter):
Michail "Mishka" Katkoff: @m_katkoff
Joseph "Joe" "JK" Kim: @jokim1
Eric Kress: @ekress
Adam Telfer: @adamwtelfer

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TWIG #84: Zynga acquires Peak and the team cuts through PR nonsense
Welcome to TWIG #84! This week we cover: #1. Twitch gets a new channel for news, exclusives, and more (The Verge) #2. Sony Confirms PS5 Event for June 4 (Gamespot) #3. Mark van Ryswyk On Why The Pandemic Is A Unique Moment To Reach New Consumers (Alist Daily) #4. Interview: Why Scopely and PierPlay spent three years perfecting Scrabble GO (Pocketgamer) Today we are joined by guest host Josh Burns from http://www.digitaldevconnect.com/ Do you have feedback or comments for us? You can reach us on Twitter at: Joseph Kim: @jokim1 (Twitter, Insta) Eric Kress: @ekress Adam Telfer: @adamwtelfer Miska Katkoff: @m_katkof
53:55
June 1, 2020
UA Coffee Talk: Mobile Marketing Under Crisis!
The focus of our conversation today will be about how to think about user acquisition during times of crisis or more generally under situations of sudden change. When a change happens e.g., Real money gaming impacting social gaming, recession, a new game mode like Autochess cannibalizes other strategy games or game modes... What do you do? Just wait for data? How can we think about a framework or systematized way of thinking to navigate and optimize UA spend? Find out in our conversations with our hosts: Joe Kim: @jokim1 (Twitter), https://www.linkedin.com/in/jokim/ (LinkedIn) Matej Lancaric: @matejlancaric (Twitter), https://www.linkedin.com/in/matejlancaric/ (LinkedIn) Jon Lau: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-y-lau/ (LinkedIn) For the video version of this discussion pls check out the GameMakers YouTube channel, and you can find the video HERE.
40:48
May 29, 2020
Creative Trends for the Mobile Gaming Industry with Steven Chard, CEO of Luna Labs
Creatives are the talk of 2020, everyone claiming they are the last lever. But, what does that actually mean for a studio today? What do they need to do? What does the future studio look like? How does the UA teamwork with the creative team and the developer team? How can studios maximise the impact of creatives and identify the biggest opportunities? Lots of questions. But luckily, Steven Chard, CEO of Luna Labs is here to answer them. visit: www.lunalabs.uk www.appsflyer.com/customers/kabam-offline-campaign-QR-code/
45:31
May 27, 2020
TWIG #83: Amazon's Attempt at LOL Shooter, Ubisoft Sues Apple/Google over Siege Clone, Future of Game Conferences
Welcome to TWIG #83! This week we cover: #1. Ubisoft Sues Apple and Google Over Mobile Rainbow Six Siege Clone (IGN) #2. Ubisoft announces Ubisoft Forward on July 12 (GamesIndustry.biz) #3. Crucible is Amazon’s attempt at a shooter League of Legends (Polygon) Do you have feedback or comments for us? You can reach us on Twitter at: Joseph Kim: @jokim1 (Twitter, Insta) Eric Kress: @ekress Adam Telfer: @adamwtelfer Miska Katkoff: @m_katkoff
45:38
May 25, 2020
Manticore: The Next Big Creator Platform? Founders Frederic Descamps and Jordan Maynard
In gaming, sandbox creator platforms to become the next ROBLOX have been the talk of investors over the past few years. The latest entry into the space is Manticore with their CORE platform led by ex-Zynga executives Frederic Descamps (CEO) and Jordan Maynard (CCO).   How will Manticore's CORE platform compete against ROBLOX? Who are they targeting? How will developers on CORE make money?   To get a better understanding of the offering and the big future opportunity they are chasing we spoke to Frederic and Jordan about: 1. Product Vision 2. Target Audience 3. Business Model 4. Key Challenges 5. Future Roadmap   HOSTS (Twitter):  - Joe Kim, @jokim1 - Adam Telfer, @adamwtelfer GUESTS:     - Frederic Descamps, Manticore - Jordan Maynard, Manticore CORE Related Links:   Manticore website Download CORE Developer Demo (with Frederic and Jordan) Core CPO Arash Nia on Road Ahead
48:52
May 21, 2020
TWIG #82: Supercell vs. AppLovin: Clash of Cultures! Lessons vs. Legacy
Welcome to TWIG #82! This week we cover: #1. 10 LEARNINGS FROM 10 YEARS (Supercell Blog) #2. Game of War developer Machine Zone acquired by AppLovin (gamesindustry.biz) #3. Valorant and Twitch build symbiotic relationship of success (Venture Beat) #4. Ubisoft says 11 games sold over 10 million copies each in PS4/Xbox One era (Venture Beat) KEY LINKS: Joe Kim's AppLovin post: I am AppLovin! Behind the company acquiring MZ Do you have feedback or comments for us? You can reach us on Twitter at: Joseph Kim: @jokim1 (Twitter, Insta) Eric Kress: @ekress Adam Telfer: @adamwtelfer Miska Katkoff: @m_katkoff
59:07
May 18, 2020
TWIG #81: Supercell | 10 Years of Excellence
Welcome to TWIG #81! This week we cover: #1. Cloud Gaming: Why It Matters And The Games It Will Create #2. Fortnite’s “Party Royale” mode ditches the guns, asks players to “chill” #3. 10 Years of Excellence - Deconstruction of Supercell #4. Design + Behavioral Economics = Apple Do you have feedback or comments for us? You can reach us on Twitter at: Joseph Kim: @jokim1 (Twitter, Insta) Eric Kress: @ekress Adam Telfer: @adamwtelfer Miska Katkoff: @m_katkoff
57:32
May 13, 2020
Your Analytics Are Not Even Scratching the Surface
We're joined by Joe Schaeppi who is the CEO of 12trait. 12traits is a different kind of tool to understand your players. It doesn't look that much at what they did. Instead 12traits focuses on understanding the players through deep psychological insights. Why is understanding your players more intimately important? Well, it allows you to create experiences which optimize for healthy long-term engagement that in turn drives the LTV. After all, our players’s best interest is your company's best interest.
1:06:30
May 10, 2020
TWIG #80: XBOX Game Pass 10M Subs, Super Evil Announces Catalyst Black, XBOX Series X - Games Could Be Delayed!
Welcome to TWIG #80! This week we cover: #1. Xbox Game Pass now has over 10 million subscribers #2. SuperEvilMegaCorp Announces “Catalyst Black” #3. Xbox Series X still set to launch on schedule, but games could be delayed Do you have feedback or comments for us? You can reach us on Twitter at: Joseph Kim: @jokim1 Eric Kress: @ekress Adam Telfer: @adamwtelfer Miska Katkoff: @m_katkoff
46:17
May 5, 2020
Social Casino 2020 | Genre Outlook
Two world class industry experts in mobile social casino talk to us today about the latest overview, updates, trends, and predictions for the market. Our guests today include:   Brett Nowak, CEO of market research firm Liquid & Grit (www.liquidandgrit.com). Brett was formerly Lead PM on Zynga Poker at Zynga, and was a Director of Product at Blue Shell Games before starting Liquid & Grit. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brett-now...  Lloyd Melnick has an incredible background in social casino working at Merscom, Playdom, Disney, FiveOneNine Games, Spooky Cool Labs, Zynga, and The Stars Group.Lloyd is currently GM of Chumba Casino for VGW and a board member of MURKA. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lloydmeln... The video version of this interview can be found here on the GameMakers YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/S2qIAYgr7Kw Host: Joseph Kim @jokim1 (Insta, Twitter) Guests: Lloyd Melnick @LloydMelnick (Twitter) Brett Nowak @bnowak15 (Twitter)
49:13
April 30, 2020
TWIG #79: Supercell Battle Pass Talk, Three Questions to Level Up Battle Pass, Travis Scott Fortnite, and Epic Gives In to Google!
Welcome to TWIG #79, apologies we were off last week. This week we cover: #1. Clash of Clans: Bigger, Better Battle Pass #2. Three questions to ask to level up your Battle Pass monetization #3. Travis Scott's Fortnite Event Draws Record Audience #4. Epic gives in to Google and releases Fortnite on the Play Store Do you have feedback or comments for us? You can reach us on Twitter at: Joseph Kim: @jokim1 Eric Kress: @ekress Adam Telfer: @adamwtelfer Miska Katkoff: @m_katkoff
59:25
April 27, 2020
Survive and Thrive: Demiurge Studios and Marvel Puzzle Quest (> $100M Revenue)
Marvel Puzzle Quest was first launched back in 2013 and has been going strong for over 6 years now grossing over $100M in life of product revenue. Demiurge has had a bit of a roller coaster history and Al has successfully led the studio through both good and challenging times. Find out more about the story behind it all including the most recent re-acquisition of the studio from SEGA and the future with founder Al Reed! We cover: #1. The history of Demiurge, the origin story and how it all started #2. The story behind Marvel Puzzle Quest and what were the keys to the success of that title #3. Selling Demiurge to SEGA and now re-acquiring the studio #4. The biggest lessons learned over his career as an entrepreneur and head of a games studio #5. What’s next both for Demiurge, Marvel Puzzle Quest, and for Al Host:  Joseph Kim (@jokim1 - insta/Twitter) Guest: Albert Reed (@almnop, Twitter)
33:04
April 24, 2020
TWIG #78: Facebook Takes on Twitch, Valve Success?, PS5 Limited Release, Is Fortnite the next Metaverse?
Welcome to TWIG #78, apologies we were off last week. This week we cover: #1. Valve: More games are finding success on Steam than ever before #2. PS5 has limited release plans in 2020 #3. Silicon Valley is racing to build the next version of the Internet. Fortnite might get there first. #4. Facebook to Introduce an App for Gaming LINKS: Google Play Updated Developer Policy: "Deceptive Behavior"  Facebook Updated Terms of Service "Data Use Terms for Advanced Mobile App Measurement" Do you have feedback or comments for us? You can reach us on Twitter at: Joseph Kim: @jokim1  Eric Kress: @ekress  Adam Telfer: @adamwtelfer  Miska Katkoff: @m_katkoff
45:41
April 22, 2020
Biggest Lessons from Gaming with Jori Pearsall (ex Scopely, GREE, Google)
Jori Pearsall now Chief Product Officer at mobile financial access firm Tala has had a stellar career in mobile gaming working at companies like GREE and then most recently leading Product at mobile giant Scopely.  What has Jori learned from his time working in mobile games and free to play? What can he apply from our industry to his new industry? Listen to Jori speak on the biggest lessons he's learned and what's next for him in this fantastic discussion as he now transitions to his new industry. Host: Joseph Kim (aka K1min8r aka jdiggity aka JK aka J Money aka Joe Kim), Insta or Twitter @jokim1 Guest: Jori Pearsall, Chief Product Officer at Tala, LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joripearsall/ Hit me up if you have any requests, comments, or feedback. Thanks!
46:52
April 20, 2020
After Crisis: Games & Life In a Post COVID-19 World
Lots of coronavirus talk these days and especially about current impact to gaming, etc.  We wanted to take a slightly different approach to this.  Let's talk deeper, let's talk long-term, let's talk about philosophical implications.   Today Niklas Herriger and I talk about:   #1. Long-term economic impact  #2. Dealmaking & psychology in crisis  #3. What do you do to adjust to the new reality?  #4. The dichotomy (societal and business model) exposed by coronavirus  #5. How gaming will be impacted longer term    This will not be your typical discussion so watch now!   More about Niklas: Best known as the founding CEO of Gondola, the offer optimization platform for games, and now founder of 8 Bit Coaching for tech talent, joins us today. Speakers Twitter Contact: Joe Kim: @jokim1 Niklas Herriger: @NHerriger This discussion initially appeared in video format on the GameMakers YouTube channel on April 2, 2020: HERE!
55:58
April 16, 2020
Improve Marketability, Save Millions
At its core, improving marketability means the increase of IPM (installs per 1000 impressions), which in turn leads to decreased CPI (cost per install). In lame man terms: the better your ad and your App Store page performs, the cheaper it is to acquire players. But while the formula is straightforward, increase of marketability doesn't necessarily result in positive effects. In fact, incorrect use of the data may very well lead you astray creating a scenario where you're acquiring the wrong players more effectively. Companies like Geeklab and Splitmetrics provide a platform that allow developers and publishers to test the marketability of their games and game concepts early and often. They will help you to answer questions around your theme, your art style and your unique selling points before you lay a single line of code. They will also help you to continuously improve your marketing message and test creative ideas with the target audience. Geeklab www.geeklab.app/dof/ Splitmetric www.splitmetrics.com www.twitter.com/SplitMetrics  www.facebook.com/splitmetrics
46:11
April 14, 2020
Markets #2: Latin America | With Jam City and Lockwood Publishing
What do you know about the Latin America gaming market?  Well find out about the key players, specifics of the market, and how to achieve success in LATAM with guest speakers from Jam City, Jairo Nieto and Alejandro Gonzalez, and with Lockwood Publishing's (Avakin Life) Carlos Estigarribia!   Hosts: Joseph Kim @jokim1 Josh Burns Youtube video of the podcast: GameMakers YouTube
1:11:38
April 10, 2020
Impact of Coronavirus on Mobile with App Annie
AppAnnie recently published a report on The Impact of Coronavirus on the Mobile Economy. In this podcast, we speak to AppAnnie's Lexi Sydow and Amir Ghodrati (again!) to go over key takeaways from their report. In particular we cover: #1. Download impact on games and other key verticals #2. Top games, types of games #3. Biggest winners and losers #4. Differences between China and the US Host: Joe Kim: @jokim1 Insta, Twitter Eric Kress: @ekress Twitter And we have special guests: Amir Ghodrati, Director, Market Insights AppAnnie Lexi Sydow, Data Analytics, Market Insights AppAnnie
46:54
April 8, 2020
TWIG #77: Riot's Teamfight Tactics Surpasses 4.5M on Mobile, Amazon Enters Gaming, XBOX Series X, The Kick-Ass Founding Team
Welcome to TWIG 77! This week we cover: #1. Riot Games’ Teamfight Tactics Surpasses 4.5 Million Downloads on Mobile #2. Amazon Pushes Into Making Video Games, Not Just Streaming Their Play #3. Microsoft: Staggered launch would hurt Xbox Series X #4. The Kick-Ass Founding Team Do you want to come on the podcast with us? Do you have feedback or comments for us? You can reach us on Twitter at: Joseph Kim: @jokim1 Eric Kress: @ekress Adam Telfer: @adamwtelfer Miska Katkoff: @m_katkoff
1:00:34
April 7, 2020
Secrets to ROBLOX's Success! | Matt Curtis VP Developer Relations
Roblox has grown like crazy since its launch in 2006. Today 10 Roblox games have been played over 1 billion times and Adopt Me! has surpassed 4 billion plays. Since the launch of the mobile app, Roblox is also regularly a top 10 grossing mobile game as well. Today we cover: The history of Roblox and how it became successful How Roblox monetizes now and in the future What’s coming up for Roblox The Key Secrets to Roblox’s success Join hosts: Joseph Kim, @jokim1 Eric Kress, @ekress Reach Matt Curtis here: devrelations@roblox.com You can also view this interview on the GameMakers Youtube channel: HERE
38:16
April 3, 2020
TWIG #76: Epic Games Publishing!, CPI Decline Benefits Mobile Game Companies, and Forte x Blockchain
Welcome to TWIG 76! This week we cover: Epic Games Publishing Announces Partnerships with gen DESIGN, Playdead, and Remedy Entertainment (Epic Games Website) Declining Cost-Per-Install Should Benefit Mobile Game Companies (Stephens Report) Forte recruits 5 more high-end game studios to make blockchain-based games (GamesBeat) Links: Jeff Cohen of Stephens - hit him up to request access to his research report: Jeff Cohen LinkedIn Kristian Segerstrale CEO talking about Rogue Games stopping live ops of Vainglory  Hit us up on Twitter or Insta with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: Joseph Kim: @jokim1 Eric Kress: @ekress Adam Telfer: @adamwtelfer Miska Katkoff: @m_katkoff
40:48
April 1, 2020
Managing Marketing Spend Through a Recession (and Depression) with Eric Seufert and Brian Murphy
Don’t be fooled: the mobile app economy will implode just like everything else.  Question is, how should games companies operate through the recession or even depression? What should the UA strategies look like for the different types of game portfolios? And what will the market look like when it’s all said and done?  I had lots of questions. Kudos to Eric Seufert and Brian Murphy for sharing their views and insights. --- For more informations, please visit: www.mobiledevmemo.com www.appsflyer.com www.ironsrc.com
52:49
March 31, 2020
Might & Magic Chess Royale | Lead Game Designer Damien Yvray (Ubisoft Paris Mobile)
Interview with Damien Yvray, Lead Game Designer at Ubisoft Paris Mobile on Might & Magic Chess Royale!   Overview of Ubisoft’s strategy and efforts in mobile  Might & Magic Chess Royale:      Origin story  What is it and how is it different?   The current auto chess craze and Ubi's approach at attacking the market You can also watch the video interview here: https://youtu.be/mgCGtiJvWu0
29:47
March 26, 2020
TWIG #75: Supercell's Hay Day Pop, Scopely Raises Another $200M, Tencent $$$
Welcome to TWIG 75! This week we cover: Mobile studio Scopely nets $200 million for more acquisitions Sony reveals full PS5 hardware specifications Mobile versions of Call of Duty and PUBG driving game revenue at Tencent Hit us up on Twitter or Insta with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff
1:00:09
March 24, 2020
TWIG #74: Coronavirus Impact on Gaming!, China Game Approvals, Exclusives Ending?, and COD Warzone going Nutz!
Welcome to TWIG 74! This week we cover: #1. Coronavirus impact on mobile games Even Virtual Goods From China Are Taking a Hit From Coronavirus (Bloomberg) Corona's impact on mobile ad spend (LI Post by Andre Kempe, who runs an app marketing agency) Coronavirus contributes to mobile game downloads climbing 39% (Business of Apps) #2. China approves 27 games including Brawl Stars #3. The exclusive as we know it is ending, and that’s a good thing #4. Call of Duty: Warzone surpasses 6 million players in 24 hours Hit us up on Twitter or Insta with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff Sign-up to the industry's best video games newsletter at: ggdigest.com! Industry news and editorial every week
53:49
March 19, 2020
Elite Game Developers vs. Deconstructor of Fun
In this episode I'm joined by Joakim Achren, seasoned Finnish games entrepreneur, turned online coach and mentor for aspiring games entrepreneurs and business folks.  You can find the content he provides at (www.elitegamedevelopers.com). The content that EGD offers includes: The podcast where Joakim talks to founders, investors and other people who work closely with gaming startups. Here, have a listen. The book.. You can grab the first chapter from here. The blog, check it out here.
1:11:11
March 17, 2020
TWIG #73: Riot's Valorant Monetization, iOS Games in China Require License, and MZ's Crystalborne
Welcome to TWIG 73! This week we cover: #1. Former Glu CEO Niccolo De Masi is on the prowl for mobile app acquisitions #2. iOS games in China to require a Publishing License - Why now, and what is the impact? #3. How will Valorant’s cosmetics and microtransactions work? #4. MZ's: Crystalborne Game Launch Links for this episode: Tim Sweeney's Tweets supporting NVIDIA's GeForce NOW Super Evil Megacorp's: SHARING OUR REMOTE FIRST PROCESSES, TOOLS AND GUIDELINES FOR FELLOW CORONA-DODGERS  Hit us up on Twitter or Insta with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: Joseph Kim: @jokim1 Eric Kress: @ekress Adam Telfer: @adamwtelfer Miska Katkoff: @m_katkoff
36:04
March 11, 2020
Stillfront Acquires Storm8 For $300M | Talk with COO Alexis Bonte
Stillfront Group has been on a tear acquiring a number of marquee game studios. With the acquisition of Storm8, they have now grown their global gaming network to 13 total studios. Even further, the Swedish publicly listed company's stock has almost tripled in the past year.   Stillfront acquired Storm8 for $300M on January 21, 2020.   Who is Stillfront?  What is their overall strategy?  What was the mergers & acquisition process like in the Storm8 deal?  How did they think through their deal structure?  What's the future strategy and what's in store for both Storm8 and Stillfront in the future?   Find out in our conversation with Stillfront Group's Group COO Alexis Bonte. Hosts: Joseph Kim (@jokim1, insta/Twitter) Eric Kress (@ekress, Twitter) Guest: Alexis Bonte (@alexisbonte, Twitter)
38:01
March 9, 2020
TWIG #72: Why GDC Canceled, Word! Games, EPIC Calls Out SuperData Fortnite Figures, and Roblox Raises $150M
Welcome to TWIG 72! This week we cover: #1. GDC 2020 has been canceled #2. State of Word Games: Rising Revenue, Emerging Markets #3. EPIC Questions SuperData on Fortnite Figures #4. Roblox raises $150M Series G, led by Andreessen Horowitz, now valued at $4B Hit us up on Twitter or Insta with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff
33:38
March 3, 2020
TWIG #71: Fortnite Chapter 2, Facebook VTA, Bethesda Pulls Out of GeForce Now, and Call of Duty Battle Royale
Welcome to TWIG 71! This week we cover: #1. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is live: Everything you need to know #2. What the Facebook View-Through Attribution changes #3. Bethesda follows Activision in pulling games from Nvidia’s GeForce Now #4. Call of Duty to launch free ‘Warzone’ battle royale Hit us up on Twitter or Insta with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff
48:09
February 26, 2020
TWIG #70: Supercell CEO "My Take On 2019", Unity IPO, Tim Sweeney, and Rovio Tumbles
Welcome to TWIG 70! This week we cover: #1. Unity Technologies Targeting 2020 IPO: Sources #2. MY TAKE ON SUPERCELL IN 2019 AS WE ENTER OUR SECOND DECADE #3. Tim Sweeney at DICE #4. Rovio profits tumble as Hatch continues draining resources Hit us up on Twitter or Insta with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff LINKS: IronSource Developer Day at GDC 2020 Making hit new games: The concept big studios are missing
1:02:41
February 20, 2020
3 HUGE Changes Coming to Unity | Implications for PMs and Execs
The #1 mobile game development platform is getting a huge upgrade.  Find out about the 3 HUGE changes that Unity will be introducing that are all potential game changers.  In particular, we cover:  #1. The DOTS Architecture  #2. Scriptable Rendering Pipeline  #3. Multiplayer Netcode   What are the key implications all mobile PMs and executives need to know? Will these changes enable Unity to finally take share from Unreal in the console space?  What is the impact to performance? What else should we be aware of? Host: Joe Kim, @jokim1 (Twitter, Insta) Guest: Arvind Neelakantan: Head of Technology for India of Unity Technologies You can also see this as a YouTube video on the GameMakers YouTube channel: HERE!
19:55
February 17, 2020
Roblox Approach to Kids Safety with Laura Higgens Head of Digital Civility
How should video games and video game developers address kids safety?   Today we speak to Laura Higgens the Head of Digital Civility at Roblox to discuss how Roblox deals with kids safety.   In particular, we will focus on issues such as:   #1. Current legal environment and requirements for game makers? #2. Policies for kids safety - what are options or alternatives?  #3. How to weigh corporate and monetary objectives with user privacy and safety concerns? To see the video version of this go to GameMakers YouTube channel: HERE Any feedback feel free to ping me @jokim1 on Twitter or Insta.
26:00
February 14, 2020
Markets #1: Japan | With Dr. Serkan Toto
Welcome to our new mobile gaming markets series. In this series, we will talk to experts about different countries and geographies in the world.  We will get an overview of the specific market - Japan in this case - and key games, publishers, and platforms for the market.  Further we'll talk about the specifics of each market and what it takes to be successful. Hosts: Joseph Kim, @jokim1 (Insta, Twitter) Josh Burns, Founder @DigitalDevConnect Guest: Dr. Serkan Toto, @serkantoto (Twitter) You can also check out the video interview on the GameMakers YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/54neMInFMAA
1:12:15
February 13, 2020
TWIG 69: Elodie Games Raises $5M, Microsoft Delusional on Cloud, Call of Duty Players Spend More After Season Pass and Loot Boxes Removed
Welcome to TWIG 69! This week we cover: #1. Elodie Games raises $5 million for crossplay co-op games #2. Phil Spencer: "We see Amazon and Google as the main competitors" #3. Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser leaving the company #4. Ubisoft’s Uplay revenue is up 73% compared to last year #5. Call of Duty Players Spend More In-Game After Season Pass and Loot Boxes Removed Hit us up on Twitter or Insta with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer
50:28
February 10, 2020
TWIG 68: Bytedance Takes on Tencent, Nintendo Mobile Hit $1B, EA $1B on MTX, Garena Acquires Dauntless, Ubi Acquires Kolibri
Welcome to TWIG 68! We've got the full crew today coming at you with a bunch of exciting news. Specifically: #1. ByteDance Takes Aim at Tencent's Core Gaming Business #2. Sensor Tower: Nintendo mobile games have earned $1 billion #3. Sea’s Garena acquires Dauntless game maker Phoenix Labs #4. EA Made Almost $1 Billion From Microtransactions Last Quarter #5. Ubisoft Acquires Mobile Game Studio Kolibri Games Also, you should definitely check out the interview we did with Kolibri's CEO Daniel Stammler on GameMaker's Youtube as well as our Deconstructor of Fun podcast episode as well. Hit us up on Twitter or Insta with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff Please leave us a rating! Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
1:04:48
February 6, 2020
State of Mobile 2020 with AppAnnie - Mobile Gaming Health, Trends, and Top Games from 2019
AppAnnie released their State of Mobile 2020 Report. In this podcast, we speak to AppAnnie to go over key takeaways from the report especially for mobile game developers. In particular: #1. High level overview of the main health of the mobile economy and or the mobile gaming sector #2. Key trends related to usage and monetization of mobile games and geo/country   #3. A look at some of the top games from 2019 Host: Joe Kim: @jokim1 Insta, Twitter  And we have special guests: Amir Ghodrati, Director, Market Insights AppAnnie Lexi Sydow, Data Analytics, Market Insights AppAnnie
53:15
January 29, 2020
TWIG 67: M&A Mania! FoxNext, Storm8, and Funcom Oh My!!!
Welcome to TWIG 67 everybody! Well the FoxNext transaction finally completed. As we've speculated on quite a bit with lots of different names and scenarios well we found out what finally happened in the end. In addition, the very interesting Stillfront Group acquired Storm8. And of course Funcom. Catch up on our thoughts and analysis on the latest M&A news from this past week now! This week we cover: #1. Scopely to Acquire FoxNext Games from The Walt Disney Company #2. Stillfront Group acquires Dragon Story dev Storm8 for as much as $400 million #3. Stillfront Press Conference #4. Tencent to grow gaming empire with $148M acquisition of Conan publisher Funcom in Norway Hit us up on Twitter or Insta with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff Please leave us a rating! Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
33:12
January 27, 2020
UA Coffee Talk: All About LTV
The focus of our conversation today is All About LTV.  Actually, when people talk about LTV they really mean pLTV (predictive Life Time Value). And increasingly pROAS (predictive Return on Ad Spend) especially for the self attributing networks like Facebook and Google.   Why is pLTV (and pROAS) so important to mobile marketers and product people?  How is it estimated?  How does this tie to optimizing advertising campaigns? Find out in our conversations with our usual hosts:  Joe Kim: @jokim1 Insta, Twitter Nebo Radovic: @eniac, Twitter Jon Lau:  And we have special guest: Paul Bowen, Chief Revenue Officer, Algolift For the video version of this discussion pls check out the GameMakers YouTube channel, and you can find the video HERE.
33:37
January 23, 2020
TWIG 66: Game Over for GameStop, Might & Magic Chess Royale, Epic Games Store Disappointment and a Ton of Updates
Welcome to TWIG 66! This week we cover: #1. GameStop’s woes deepen as revenues crash #2. Might & Magic: Chess Royale is an auto battle royale from Ubisoft #3. Epic Games Store tops $680 million in player spending Plus a lot of game updates including Team Fight Tactics, Escape from Tarkov Twitch Stats, and more! Hit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff
33:57
January 20, 2020
TWIG 65: The Steam Shit Sandwich, Miniclip Acquires Ilyon, XBOX Series X No Exclusives, and New Playstation Exec!
Welcome to TWIG 65! This week we cov er: #1. Tencent-owned Miniclip purchases Ilyon Games for $100 million #2. Xbox won't kick off the Series X generation with next-gen exclusives #3. A former Microsoft exec is PlayStation's new head of global business operations All About Steam: “Steam’s Shit Sandwich” #4A: Major slowdown of new releases on Steam last year #4B: Simplified Chinese is now the dominant language among Steam users #4C: Netease takes aim at Tencent with Fever Game store launch Hit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff
46:19
January 13, 2020
TWIG 64: New Switch, Vince Zampella Leads EA DICE LA, Google Buys Typhoon Studio for Stadia, and Top Soft Launch Games!
Happy New Year and Welcome to TWIG 64! This week we cover: #1. Report: New Switch model launching in 2020 #2. Respawn's Vince Zampella to lead EA DICE's LA studio #3. Google buys triple-A game dev Typhoon Studio to beef up Stadia #4. 49 top games in soft launch: From Marvel Super War and Disney Sorcerer’s Arena to Minecraft Earth and Tetris Royale Hit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff Farmville 3 Soft Launch Analysis on GameMakers YouTube Channel Disney Sorcerers Arena Soft Launch Analysis on GameMakers YouTube Channel Please leave us a review! 
50:12
January 8, 2020
TWIG #63: 2019 Year in Review - The Biggest Games, Winners, Losers, and Trends!
Welcome to TWIG #63 everybody. This episode wraps Season 4 and is the last podcast episode for us for the year. Happy New Years and looking forward to 2020! This week we cover: #1. What was the biggest game of the year? By revenue? By downloads? #2. What was the best game of 2019 (your personal preference)? #3. Who was the biggest winner/gained the most in 2019? #4. Who lost the most 2019 (Studio or Publisher)? #5. Most Impactful News/Trend of 2019 Hit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff Please leave us a rating! Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
1:03:15
December 31, 2019
TWIG #62: Kongregate's Acquisition Strategy, Roblox's Biggest Games of All Time, and Riot's New Publishing Label
Welcome to TWIG #62 everybody. This week we get a bit of a battle between Eric and Miska over Zynga growth prospects so stay tuned for that! This week we cover: #1. Kongregate acquires browser and mobile 2D battle royale Surviv.io #2. Roblox’s 10 biggest games of all time — each with more than a billion plays #3. Riot Games Creates New Publishing Label #4. N3twork Acquires “Funko Pop Blitz” from NBCU’s ashes Hit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
48:28
December 23, 2019
UAC #1: Ad Creatives Optimization | User Acquisition Coffee Talk
Welcome to the first episode of UA (user acquisition) coffee talk. This is a new series, recorded initially for the GameMakers YouTube channel where I (Joe Kim) sit down with a couple of industry experts from UA and talk about specific UA topics and issues. In this podcast, I'm joined by two of the mobile industry's most well known experts in mobile growth: Nebo Radovic from N3twork and Jon Lau from Draft Kings. Both of these guys have been doing UA and mobile marketing in leadership roles for years now and have deep expertise in this area. Why have creatives become the #1 source of competitive advantage in UA? What does the process to come up with creatives look like? How do you measure creative performance? What tools should you use to optimize and manage creatives?  Find out about all of this and more in our discussion with Nebo and Jon. You can also view the original YouTube video: HERE Content Overview: 0:10 Intros to Nebo and Jon   1:20 Why are Creatives the #1 UA priority? What happened?   7:30 How to come up with creatives? What’s the process?  14:50 How to measure creatives performance? Specific front end vs. back-end metrics   27:05 What tools to use to manage and optimize creatives? Btw, let us know if this type of content is what you want to continue to listen to on this podcast.  If you do enjoy this content, pls leave a review as well. Thanks! Twitter links: Joe Kim: @jokim1 Nebo Radovic: @eniac
35:58
December 19, 2019
TWIG #61: Why D7 ROAS May Be Bad, What's Next After Facebook VO, and Updates on New XBOX!
Wazzup DOF Nation! On the pod this week we have myself Joe Kim, Eric Kress, and new daddy club member Adam Telfer. We are also joined by *the* Nebo Radovic from N3twork. One of the very few handful of people in the world who has bought at massive UA scale for mobile having worked not only at N3twork, but also at MZ and Nordeus (Top Eleven). So we'll kick off with a couple of UA topics which is becoming increasingly important to know about for game executives, PMs, and designers! Don't ding our reviews for talking about marketing and pls do help support us with good reviews if you want us to keep going with this type of content. Here are the articles we will cover: #1. why d7 ROAS may be the worst kpi to optimize towards since CPI (written by Nebo and we will talk to the man himself about this) #2. What comes next after Facebook’s VO campaign strategy? #3. Mobile game developers are buying into rivals instead of selling out #4. The Game Awards 2019: the 12 biggest announcements #5. The Xbox Series X is basically A PC Hit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @m_katkoff @adamwtelfer Guest Twitter: @eniac Also be sure to check out JK's latest GameMakers YouTube channel series on mobile marketing/user acquisition: UA Coffee Talk on Creatives Optimization! If you are interested in the D7 ROAS discussion you can also watch the in depth discussion on this topic that was part 2 of UA Coffee Talk here: Optimizing UA Budgets by D7 ROAS | UA Coffee Talk Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
57:24
December 16, 2019
TWIG #60: Bunch Video Chat for Mobile (We Talk with CEO and Head of BD) and Wildlife Valued at $1.3B!
TWIG #60 Here we go! Today we have myself Joe Kim, Eric Kress, and Adam Telfer is back from paternity leave. Welcome back new dad! We also have 2 special guests related to the first article we will cover: Selcuk Atli CEO at Bunch and *the* Greg Essig Head of BD at Bunch. #1. Bunch scores $3.8M to turn mobile games into video chat LAN parties #2. Wildlife, Brazilian mobile gaming unicorn, valued at $1.3 billion by Benchmark #3. CD Projekt Red ending Gwent console support to focus on PC and mobile Elder Scroll Legends is officially Dead #4. Microsoft is Still planning a cheaper, discless next-gen xbox #5. Minecraft Earth in Soft Launch Hit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @m_katkoff @adamwtelfer Guest Twitter: @Selcukatli @gregessig Also be sure to check out JK's latest GameMakers YouTube channel series on mobile marketing/user acquisition: UA Coffee Talk on Creatives Optimization! Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
1:17:25
December 11, 2019
Kolibri's Approach to New Game Development | Secrets to the Success of Idle Miner Tycoon
Kolibri has found great success with its first two mobile game titles Idle Miner Tycoon and Idle Factory Tycoon. Both titles have now amassed about 100M downloads.   How did students coming from University achieve so much success at such a young age?   What were the processes and philosophies they used to develop Idle Miner Tycoon?  What were some of the biggest lessons learned and mistakes made by the team?  Found out all of this and more in this video with Kolibri Co-CEO and Co-Founder Daniel Stammler.   Content Overview:   0:20 Intro to Kolibri  0:50 Origin story of Kolibri  2:00 Daniel’s background 4:00 Process in Building the First Games  7:10 How did they come up with their development process/approach?  9:10 Most important factors in success of games - 11:00 Biggest mistakes made  11:50 Failed titles  12:50 Biggest lessons learned  14:20 Specific game dev process steps  16:40 Soft launch objectives  17:25 Team structure and roles  19:00 Biggest mistakes in new game dev  21:30 Why do big companies fail at new game dev?  24:00 How to come up with game ideas?   25:40 Data vs. intuition  27:00 What’s next for Kolibri?
28:38
December 9, 2019
TWIG #59: Top 1% of Publishers Drive 80% of Downloads (or not?) and Why NPS Sucks!
Welcome everybody to TWIG #59! Today we have myself Joe Kim, Eric Kress, and Miska Katkoff joins in to defend himself on his Call of Duty prediction. We are also joined by Consumer Insights expert Stan Kwon from research firm BETAHAT. We discuss the following articles: 1. The top 1% of app store publishers drive 80% of new downloads 2. Valve’s Half-Life series continues with Half-Life: Alyx for VR 3. Microsoft's Xbox streaming app isn't official yet, but it's already way better than Google's new video game service 4. Where Net Promoter Score Goes Wrong Hit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @m_katkoff  Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
52:17
December 3, 2019
TWIG #58: $40M Raise for N3twork - Should We Be Worried? and Tencent's Timi Studio Expanding West - Not A Level Playing Field!
Namaste everyone and welcome to TWIG #58! Today we have just myself Joe Kim and Eric Kress. Miska and Adam are out for the rest of the year. The full news we discuss is as follows: #1. N3twork raises $40 million for platform to help mobile games gain traction #2. How a Chinese Developer at Tencent Is Shaping the Future of Gaming #3. Has the hypercasual game genre peaked? #4. We review some of the predictions and actuals for Call of Duty Mobile, Harry Potter, Mario Kart, and other predictions we've made Hit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
27:40
November 26, 2019
TWIG #57: Ninja/Shroud No Impact on Twitch, Epic Games Launcher, & Stadia Flop City
Welcome to TWIG #57. Today we have your usual hosts Joe Kim, Eric Kress, and Adam Telfer (Miska's out for the rest of the year). We do have a guest host Alex Collins though: a software engineer at Jam City and DOF blog contributor. The full news we discuss is as follows: #1. Mixer + Shroud + Ninja #2. Everything Announced at X019’s Inside Xbox Conference #3. Fortnite’s Android installer is now a launcher for Epic mobile games #4. The world is waiting for Google Stadia to flop Hit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
46:42
November 19, 2019
TWIG #56: DECA Games Buys 4 Games from GREE and Super Evil Megacorp Hands Vainglory to Rogue Games
Welcome to TWIG #56 everybody. This week we focus on live ops companies like DECA and now Rogue Games who will live operate Vainglory for Super Evil Megacorp. Today we have your usual hosts Joe Kim, Eric Kress, and Adam Telfer (Miska's out today). Joining us however is Ken Go CEO of DECA who will talk about DECA's business and the business of live ops specialists. The full news we discuss is as follows: #1. Deca Games plays F2P’s long tail, buying 4 one-time hits from GREE #2. Super Evil Megacorp raises $10.5 million, moves on to new game, and hands Vainglory off to Rogue Games #3. Supercell cans Rush Wars #4. BlizzCon 2019’s biggest announcements: Diablo 4, Overwatch 2, and an apology  Watch the Ironsource Gamefest video on GameMakers: HERE Watch the video interview with Mike DeLaet CEO of Rogue Games on GameMakers: HERE Hit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
54:07
November 14, 2019
TWIG #55: Scopely Raises $200M and Zynga Has Record Blow-out Quarter!
Welcome to TWIG #55 everybody.  This week we get a bit of a battle between Eric and Miska over Zynga growth prospects so stay tuned for that! This week we cover: #1. EA games are coming back to Steam #2. Mobile game firm Scopely raises $200 million #3. One Million players now subscribe to PlayStation Now #4. Zynga posts record-setting revenues, net bookings in Q3 Hit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at:  @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
1:03:20
November 4, 2019
Apple Arcade: Service Analysis and Future Prospects
Apple Arcade launched on September 19 earlier this year and has been praised by many in the media and significantly backed by Apple. Having said that: #1. What are the future prospects for this service?  #2. Who is the audience?  #3. What are key strengths/weaknesses of the service?   #4. Finally, how well do we think Apple Arcade will do in the long-term?   Find out in our discussion today with myself Joseph Kim, Eric Kress (Principal, Gossamer Consulting), and Steve Palley (Head of Business Development & Strategy, Pixelberry Studios). Comments? Questions? Hit us up on Twitter: @jokim1 (JK Kim), @ekress (Eric Kress), @spall03 (Steve Palley)
50:00
October 31, 2019
TWIG #54: Ghost Recon Breakpoint's Spectacular Bomb and Google Stadia Update!
Welcome to TWIG 54! This week we cover: #1. Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s spectacular bomb blows up Ubisoft’s plans for 2019 #2. Google is making a "spectrum of bets" on Stadia content #3. Fallout 76 Now Has a $100-a-year subscription service, Fallout 1st #4. Why have hyper-casual games replaced gacha in Japan? Hit us up on Twitter: @jokim1, @ekress, @adamwtelfer, @m_katkoff Let us know which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to let us know how we can improve. Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
41:21
October 28, 2019
TWIG #53: Challenging Riot's Paul Bellezza on Riot's Massive New Game Slate Announcement!
Welcome to TWIG 53. This week we cover: #1. Everything Riot announced for League of Legends’ 10th anniversary #2. The 4 Features that matter on PS5 - and 5 that don’t #3. Call of Duty is the biggest mobile game launch ever, with 100 million downloads #4. CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE POST-LAUNCH APPROACH TO NEW CONTENT We are joined by Paul Bellezza who actually works on Project A at Riot Games!  Hit us up on Twitter: @jokim1, @ekress, @adamwtelfer, @m_katkoff, @pabro Let us know which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to let us know how we can improve. Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
1:20:01
October 24, 2019
How to Transform Company Culture | Riot 1 Year Later with Angela Roseboro, Chief Diversity Officer @ Riot
Riot Games got hit with a tsunami in the form of the infamous Kotaku article Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games. The article was followed by several people writing publicly about their own experience with the company that underlined the same story and signalled a clear message - Riot’s culture needed healing. The person who took the ownership for leading the healing process was Angela Roseboro who joined the company as a Chief Diversity Officer & Talent Acquisition Lead little less than a year ago. And in such a relatively short time Angela and her team have had a massive impact showing not only the work they put in but also Riot’s willingness to accept and transform. You can (and should) read about all the initiatives and actions Angela has put into motion in this incredibly insightful blog post she wrote Riot Games One Year Later: My Reflections. In this interview with Angela we talk about a sensitive but critical topics, which include Company Culture & Diversity in gaming companies today. And just to be clear we want to not just focus on the Diversity & Inclusion topic, which many folks in the media tend to focus on. Thus during this interview we will also talk about Culture more generally and the profound impact of culture on an organisation.
1:03:13
October 19, 2019
TWIG #52: Deconstructing Blizzard President's Interview
Welcome to TWIG 52. 1 Year of TWIGS! This week we cover: #1. Fortnite US July revenues down 52% year-over-year #2. App revenue climbs 23% year-over-year to $21.9B in Q3 #3. Blizzard's President On Making Sure Nothing Changes #4. Playable Worlds has a different mindset on engagement Hit us up on Twitter: @jokim1, @ekress, @adamwtelfer, @m_katkoff Let us know which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to let us know how we can improve. Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
50:30
October 14, 2019
TWIG #51: Future of Mobile Growth Teams, UA Mobile Bust, and Call of Duty Mobile!
Today we are joined by guest host Eric Seufert who writes the really great marketing & UA focused blog: https://mobiledevmemo.com/ Also check out Eric's F2P Marketing/UA site: https://quantmar.com/ This week we cover: #1. The future of mobile growth teams #2, Acquisition and conversion costs threaten a mobile bust | Opinion #3. Call of Duty: Mobile is live after a troubled launch #4. Transparent Loot Boxes: CSGO in France + Rocket League Blueprints #5. Facebook announces Horizon, a VR massive-multiplayer world Hit us up on Twitter: @jokim1, @ekress, @adamwtelfer, @m_katkoff, and @eric_seufert Let us know which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to let us know how we can improve. Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
1:03:13
October 7, 2019
TWIG #50: PUBG Mobile, Mario Kart Tour, and Call of Duty Oh My!
In this week's TWIG we are joined by Damian Kim who is Director, Head of Gaming China for Facebook. The topics we cover today include: #1. PUBG becomes first mobile battle royale to surpass $1bn revenue #2. Expectations are ‘sky high’ for Nintendo’s latest Mario mobile game, analyst says #3. Mario Kart Tour’s $4.99 monthly subscription fee is out of touch with reality #4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare expected to be US best-selling title of 2019 #5. How Garena’s Free Fire competes with Fortnite and PUBG Mobile #6. Tencent will become Funcom’s largest shareholder Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1, @adamwtelfer, & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games.
57:55
October 2, 2019
TWIG #49: Subscriptions The New Weapon in Game Monetization and NBCUniversal Shuts Down Game Publishing
Today we are joined by guest host Lloyd Melnick who is EVP Casino at VGW and writes the fantastic blog The Business of Social Games and Casino. This week we cover: Subscriptions: The new weapon in the game monetization arsenal Rockstar Games Is The Latest Company To Put Out Its Own PC Game Launcher Zynga Climbs on 'Best Idea in Video Games' Nod from Stephens Google says 'Play Pass' subscription service is coming soon NBCUniversal will shut down its game publishing business Hit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @LloydMelnick @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
1:11:55
September 23, 2019
How to Prepare for Your Next Job | Protecting Yourself as an Employee
Today we’re going to be talking about a little bit of a sensitive topic which is what you as an employee can and should do to protect yourself against companies that are facing layoffs or some form of restructuring. Also, how should you deal with work situations that you may not be happy with and how and when should you best optimize leaving your company if you are unhappy. We all know the video games industry can be tough and one that lacks transparency which can put employees in a tough spot. Over the past 6 months or so, I’ve been hearing a lot of unfortunate rumors and news coming out about a number of game companies who seem to be running into trouble. I can foresee a lot of folks in our industry that will need to figure out what their next opportunities are. Given that, we’ve got 2 pros in the executive search space: first Sam Wallace from Carmichael Fisher Search and Jeffrey Lujan from The Game Group to talk about these very important topics.
1:03:17
September 19, 2019
TWIG #48: The Glory Days of Social Casino Are Over!
In this latest TWIG episode we discuss: #1. THINKING ABOUT DAILY ACTIVE USERS (AND THE LIMITATIONS OF THIS METRIC), from AlexandreMacmillan.com #2. A Learning Journey: Announcing EA’s Cloud Gaming Technical Trial, from Medium #3. How Zynga looks for the right game companies to acquire, from VentureBeat #4. Disney reportedly planning sale of gaming division FoxNext, from Gamesindustry.biz #5. Are the glory days of social casino over? Probably!, from The Business of Social Games and Casino Hit us up on Twitter: @jokim1, @ekress, @adamwtelfer, @m_katkoff Let us know which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to let us know how we can improve. Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
38:30
September 17, 2019
TWIG #47: League of Legends Mobile Game and Telltale's Controversial Revival
In this week's TWIG we discuss: The RetroBeat: World of Warcraft: Classic shows what MMOs have lost New Leaked Screenshots And Videos For League Of Legends Mobile Game Telltale Games employees speak out about the studio’s controversial revival AppLovin Announces Strategic Investment in Belka Games, Creator of Clockmaker and Funky Bay Sensor Tower: Pokémon Masters makes $26 million in first week Hit us up on Twitter: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoff
50:04
September 17, 2019
TWIG #46: Supercell Soft Launches New Game Rush Wars (and more Archero!)
In this week's TWIG we discuss: How Archero Shot to the Top, and How You Can Do Better (Deconstructor of Fun) Supercell’s new mobile strategy game Rush Wars soft-launches in Canada, New Zealand and Australia (PocketGamer.biz) Pokemon Masters launches globally on iOS and Android (PocketGamer.biz) Playtika acquires Best Fiends mobile game publisher Seriously (VentureBeat) Welcome to guest host Kenny Liu from Riot Games and author of the really great industry newsletter Kliuless: https://tinyletter.com/kliuless Hosts Today (Twitter): Adam Telfer (@adamwtelfer) Eric Kress (@ekress) Kenny Liu (@kliuless)
59:41
September 5, 2019
How Archero Shot to the Top ft. Joe Kim, Abhimanyu Kumar, Florian Ziegler, and Eva Grillova
Newcomer Habby shot up out of nowhere with Archero which made over $35M in net IAP revenue over its first 3 months.  Find out how Archero was able to achieve big success and how it could have been designed even stronger in this episode's podcast. Also, check out the original Deconstructor of Fun blog post covering the game by Manyu and Eva. Many thanks to the co-hosts on this podcast. Ping us on Twitter: Joe Kim = @jokim1; Abhimanyu Kumar = @k_abhimanyu11; Eva Grillova = @evei Listen now!
47:02
September 2, 2019
TWIG #45: Respawn CEO apologizes for devs & Sony Acquires Insomniac
In the latest TWIG we discuss: Apple Arcade: $4.99 per month is likely for family access to 100 games Respawn CEO apologizes for devs who insulted Apex Legends fans GameStop lays off 120, 14% of total staff Sony Agrees to Acquire Spider-Man Video-Game Developer Insomniac Hit us up on Twitter (@@jokim1, @adamwtelfer, & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. Shout-out to Ironsource for sponsoring GPM Forum in Vancouver! https://gpmforum-vancouver.splashthat.com/ Montreal up next! Also, be sure to check out JK's GameMakers YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/c/GameMakersStudio
44:16
August 27, 2019
Mobile Publishing #4: Super Scale With No Strings Attached with Ivan Trancik
Welcome to the final episode of our Mobile Publisher Series. In each of the episode we sat down with the CEO of top mobile publisher and discussed how they approach publishing, what is their company’s strategy, how do they work with developers and how do they see the future of publishing on mobile. In case you missed the previous episode: Mobile Publishing #1: Deconstructing Scopely's path to $1B with Scopely’s Javier Ferreira (Co-CEO) Mobile Publishing #2: Behind Tilting Point's $132M War Chest with President Samir El Agili Mobile Publishing #3: Former Publishing CEO Spills the Beans with Klaas Kersting ---- Shout out to our awesome partners: AppAnnie Play Ventures ironSource GameRefinery
1:46:11
August 26, 2019
TWIG #44: Tencent doubling down on Season Pass, Ninja Jumps to Mixer!
In this episode of This Week in Games we discuss: #1. Tencent doubling down on Season Pass, #2. Ninja quickly getting 1M subs on Mixer, #3. Roblox Surpassing Minecraft with 100 MAU, #4. Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, require loot box disclosure, and #5. Apex Legends Forums Furious as Devs Call Players "Ass-Hats" and "Freeloaders" Today we're joined by guest host, Josh Burns from Digital Dev Connect! Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1, @adamwtelfer, @ekress)!
1:02:23
August 24, 2019
Mobile Publishing #3: Former Publishing CEO Spills the Beans with Klaas Kersting
Welcome to the third episode of our Mobile Publisher Series. In each of the episode we sat down with the CEO of top mobile publisher and discussed how they approach publishing, what is their company’s strategy, how do they work with developers and how do they see the future of publishing on mobile.  In case you missed the previous episode: Mobile Publishing #1: Deconstructing Scopely's path to $1B with Scopely’s Javier Ferreira (Co-CEO) Mobile Publishing #2: Behind Tilting Point's $132M War Chest with President Samir El Agili ---- Shout out to our awesome partners:  AppAnnie Play Ventures ironSource  GameRefinery
1:00:33
August 18, 2019
Mobile Publishing #2: Behind Tilting Point's $132M War Chest with President Samir El Agili
Welcome to the second episode of our Mobile Publisher Series. In each of the episode we sat down with the CEO of top mobile publisher and discussed how they approach publishing, what is their company’s strategy, how do they work with developers and how do they see the future of publishing on mobile.  If you missed our last episode with Scopley’s Co-CEO Javier Ferreira, I encourage you listen to it after this episode.  In this episode we had a pleasure to talk to Tilting Point’s President and CPO, Samir El Agili. We talked about the company’s unique progressive model to free-to-play games publishing, discussed how Tilting Point is organised, how Samir sees the future of mobile publishing and - shed some light on that massive $132M user acquisition war chest the company has been flashing around.  Shoutout to our awesome supporters: AppAnnie Play Ventures ironSource LevelUP a podcast series by ironSource GameRefinery Get in touch: Contact Deconstructor of Fun
1:13:05
August 12, 2019
Mobile Publishing #1: Deconstructing Scopely's path to $1B with Co-CEO Javier Ferreira
Welcome to the first episode of our Mobile Publisher Series. In each of the episode we sat down with the CEO of top mobile publisher and discussed how they approach publishing, what is their company’s strategy, how do they work with developers and how do they see the future of publishing on mobile.  In this episode Scopely's Co-CEO, Javier Ferreira, dives deep into the company's product strategy, organisation and team structure as well as talks about the company's technology platform. We also discuss Scopley's mindset to launching new games and their attitude towards both original and IP-games.    ---- kudos to our Sponsors: AppAnnie (www.appannie.com) Play Ventures (www.playventures.vc) Spotify (www.spotify.com) GameRefinery (www.gamerefinery.com)
1:22:23
August 6, 2019
TWIG #43: EA, Ubisoft, Zynga, and Glu Earnings Recap and Outlook!
This week "J Money" Kim, Eric Kress, and Jeff Cohen from Stephens break down the latest info from earnings calls from public companies EA, Ubisoft, Zynga, and Glu.  What happened? What did we learn? And what is the outlook for these companies? You can also listen to Eric gloat about his call on Glu.  We'll be doing these podcasts quarterly after every earnings period. Have feedback give us a shout on Twitter!
53:25
August 5, 2019
TWIG #42: Disney Should Buy This Games Company...
In this episode of This Week In Games we discuss: #1 What Video Game Company Should Disney Buy (That Isn’t Activision Blizzard)? #2 Pokémon Masters hands-on #3 Facebook migrating Instant Games away from Messenger Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1. @adamwtelfer & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games
42:28
July 30, 2019
TWIG #41: Exploitative Game Publishing Deals and Tinder Bypasses Play Store!
In this episode of This Week In Games  we discuss: #1 Ubisoft reveals over 100 games for its Uplay+ subscription gaming service for September #2 How to spot an exploitative mobile game publishing deal -- fro a former publishing CEO #3 Tinder is now bypassing the Play Store on Android to avoid Google’s 30 percent cut #4 PUBG Officially Becomes The World’s Most Popular And Highest Grossing Mobile Game Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1. @adamwtelfer & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games
1:00:32
July 23, 2019
TWIG #40: Subscriptions Are The Future of App Monetisation
In this episode of This Week In Games  we discuss: #1 Subscriptions are the future of app monetization #2 Mike Morhaime's highlights and lessons of nearly three decades at Blizzard #3 Glu Mobile: Highly Likely To Beat Estimates For Q2 2019 #4 HQ Trivia Lays off ~20% as It Preps Subscriptions Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1. @adamwtelfer & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games
1:07:02
July 16, 2019
TWIG #39: Google Stadia, Game Over???
In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Google Stadia’s only exclusive game, Gylt, is not so exclusive  #2 Chess Rush, Tencent's take on Auto Chess, launches tomorrow #3 Pass Royale Season 1 | Clash Royale #4 Tencent’s answer to Diablo Immortal bombed in China Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1. @adamwtelfer & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games
46:57
July 9, 2019
TWIG #38: "EA Needs Mobile Gaming Help"
In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 N3twork announces a new game #2 Apex Legends season 2 battle pass #3 Call Of Duty: Mobile Has Launched in Australia #4 Electronic Arts Needs Mobile Gaming Help Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 @adamwtelfer & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games
1:06:23
July 1, 2019
TWIG #37: Inside The Esports Bubble
Also, our projections on how Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will succeed  In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Shady Numbers And Bad Business: Inside The Esports Bubble (Kotaku) #2 Teamfight Tactics Could Be Bigger Than League of Legends #3 Dr. Mario World hits Android and iOS in July, here’s how it plays  #4 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite worldwide launch begins on June 21st Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1. @adamwtelfer & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games
1:04:52
June 28, 2019
TWIG #36: The E3 Recap & Rumours
The full E3 recap for you from us. Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1. @adamwtelfer & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games
34:47
June 20, 2019
TWIG #35 Why the King's CEO is Stepping Down
In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Microsoft and Sony form cloud gaming partnership #2 Minecraft Earth Wants to be the Next Pokemon Go #3 Pokémon Masters: Everything we know so far #4 Riccardo Zacconi to step down as CEO of King Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1. @adamwtelfer & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games
43:50
June 4, 2019
"I lost my job. What next?" with Joseph Kim
Most of us go through this at least once during our careers. Several of us have to go through this multiple times during their careers. Yet it is something we tend not to talk about. Losing a job gets bundled with feelings of disappointment, failure, shame and even anger. Yet we seldom see it as what it can be. It's a push to take the next step. A nudge to evolve. An opportunity to self-assess. A chance to take a break and reset.  In this episode, Joseph Kim, goes through his experience after his gig ended abruptly and offers his take on how to take the next step in your career.  Please do give Joe a shoutout (it takes courage to talk about this) and give his YouTube channel " Game Makers" the love it deserves.
52:30
May 31, 2019
TWIG #34: Mario Kart and League of Legends Rush Into Mobile
In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Playtika Doubles down with new casual games division #2 Mario Kart Tour’s beta has arrived #3 Mobile version of League of Legends #4 Blizzard Entertainment President Interview On Priorities #5 Microsoft and Sony form partnership #6 Call of Duty 2020 In Upheaval Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games
55:58
May 29, 2019
TWIG #33 Epic continues to absorb PC gaming exclusives
Epic is continuing to make big boi moves while Sony grows its subscriber base.  In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Epic’s store continues to absorb PC gaming exclusives #2 Epic Games acquires Rocket League studio Psyonix #3 Zero’ chance it passes: Game analysts break down senator’s anti-loot box bill #4 Playstation Now has 700,000 users, use contributed to Sony’s Increase in Sales #5 Sony releases its 'God of War' making-of documentary on YouTube Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games
56:01
May 20, 2019
TWIG #32 Zynga, EA, Activision, Glu - how is it REALLY going in Q2
In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Zynga Inc.(ZNGA)CEO Frank Gibeau on Q1 2019 Results  #2 Activision Blizzard's stock rally from earnings-fuelled price collapse? #3 Glu Mobile Earnings: Gluu stock plummeted as Q1 sales gain 18% + EA recap Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games.
55:31
May 10, 2019
TWIG #31 The Truth About Hypercasual Games
Apart from the truth we will also talk about crunch in the gaming industry and give our personal view on it. In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 The truth about hypercasual games #2 Apex Legends will avoid crunch #3 Google Is Banning A Play Store Developer With More Than Half A Billion App Installs Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. *please keep in mind that all opinions expressed in the podcast are strictly personal and do not reflect those of our employers
49:48
May 2, 2019
Why AB Tests Fail and How to Improve Them
Traditional wisdom in product management dictates the use of AB testing for product optimisation. In this episode, our very own Joseph Kim sits down with Niklas Herriger (CEO, Gondola.io) and Andre Cohen (CTO, Gondola.io) to challenge this traditional wisdom and offer alternatives to achieve even better results. Generally speaking most PMs in our industry follow the formulas for statistical significance and apply AB testing procedures without always having a full understanding of how to properly apply the testing or contemplating whether it is the best approach for the given challenge.  In this episode we discuss the pitfalls of using AB testing methodology, a better approach to product optimisation called Multi-Armed Bandit, and how to fix AB tests when you run into problems.  Listen up and get better at product management and optimization. ------ www.gondola.io Niklas Herriger CEO of Gondola.io:  www.linkedin.com/in/niklasherriger Andre Cohen CTO of Gondola.io  www.linkedin.com/in/andrecohen
49:49
May 1, 2019
TWIG #30 20 Mobile Games that have made more than $1 Billion
In this episode we also discuss whether Stadia has the content to match its infrastructure. In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 PlayStation 5: Sony outlines next-gen console plans #2 Xbox: Stadia has the infrastructure, but doesn't have the content #3 20 mobile games that have made more than $1 billion Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games
52:12
April 25, 2019
TWIG #29 Apple’s Giant Bet on the Future of Mobile Gaming
Also, what Zynga's CEO believes is the next big catalyst for mobile games and why Ninja paid $1M to Ninja for steaming APEX Legends In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Apple’s $500MM bet on the future of mobile gaming #2 Zynga CEO: this is the next big catalyst for mobile gaming #3 EA Paid Ninja $1 Million To Stream Apex Legends Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve.  Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games
40:53
April 17, 2019
TWIG #28 Lets Talk About Snapchat's Investment into Mobile Gaming
Also, we talk about what (all) went wrong with BioWare's Anthem and why APEX Legends won't dethrone Fortnite In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Snapchat Invests in Mobile Gaming With Launch of ‘Snap Games’ #2 APEX Legends Won't Dethrone Fortnite, but there's still nothing like it #3 How Kolibri went from minimum viable product to 70 million installs #4 How BioWare's Anthem Went Wrong Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games
1:01:49
April 10, 2019
TWIG #27 Apple Arcade and Google Stadia Face Backlash
The platforms are pushing their subscription services that don't seem to be quite ready for the market nor serve a particular market need. In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 The Google Stadia Backlash Has Begun #2 Top 7 trends in mobile gaming from GDC 2019 #3 Epic announces $100 million Epic MegaGrants fund for game developers #4 Apple unveils premium games subscription service Apple Arcade  #5 First Look at ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games.
1:04:34
April 1, 2019
TWIG #26 User Acquisition and Systematic Growth with Eric Seufert
Today we talk with the famous Eric Seufert who also publishes the popular blog Mobiledevmemo and heads platformfor N3twork. Together we cover the following topics: #1. The problem with the 30% platform fee on mobile in three charts #2. High growth, low growth, no growth: systematic growth with DAU replacement #3. Using machine learning to automate mobile marketing budgets #4. What will the next generation of app stores look like? Hit us up on Twitter(@m_katkoff,@jokim1, @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games.
1:06:40
March 27, 2019
TWIG #25 Nintendo Wants to Tone Down Microtransactions on Mobile
Will Nintendo's honeymoon on mobile continue if they take their foot off the pedal? In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Apex Legends tops 50M players in first month #2 Microsoft wants Xbox Game Pass on PS4 #3 Nintendo is asking its mobile gaming partners to tone down the microtransactions Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1, @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. ----- Deconstructor of Fun @ GDC 2019 1. Deconstructor of Fun: Breaking Down Top Mobile Games Location: Room 210, South Hall Date: Wednesday, March 20 Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm 2. Deconstructor of Fun Mixer with ironSource https://retroactive.splashthat.com/ 3. Exclusive Game Leads' Dinner Request your spot (Click here)
35:29
March 12, 2019
TWIG #24 Why APEX Legends Is Obviously Not The Next 'Fortnite'
In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 BioWare spreads out Anthem’s 90-day roadmap #2 Why'ApexLegends' Is Obviously Not The Next'Fortnite' #3 Electronic Arts: How To Destroy Shareholder Value Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1, @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. ---- Deconstructor of Fun's Game Leads' Dinner during GDC will feature: - Drusilla Hollanda a Game Lead at Supercell - Tim Lonnqvist Head of Design of Empires & Puzzles (Small Giant) - Danielle Levitas Executive VP at App Annie - Måns Wide the Game Lead of Angry Birds 2  (Rovio) Dinner is sponsored by AppAnnie and Universal. This is an exclusive event for invites only. Request your spot at: Click here ----- image courtesy of: gamespot
57:18
February 27, 2019
TWIG #23 Supercell CEO's Blog Post - Something You May Have Missed...
Supercell CEOs first ever blog post was, righteously so, extremely well received. But many of you may have missed major course changes communicated between the line... In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Activision's Plan to Cut Hundreds of Jobs #2 EEDAR 2018 Q4 Round Up #3 My most valuable retention KPIs #4 MY TAKE ON SUPERCELL’S 2018  Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games.
1:00:07
February 14, 2019
TWIG #22 Zynga proclaims ‘turnaround is now complete’
Zynga Inc. ended 2018 with faster-growing sales and bookings, and expects that trend to increase in 2019, but profit could be a problem.In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 GameStop's future in question after failing to secure buyout #2 A Free-To-Play Titanfall Battle Royale Game Will Be Out Soon #3 Zynga proclaims ‘turnaround is now complete’ as earnings show strong bookings trend Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1 @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games.
36:30
February 7, 2019
TWIG #21 The Big Breakup and the New Suitor
Also, Apple's new gaming subscription service. In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Destiny developer Bungie is ditching Activision after 8 years #2 Metro Exodus will only release on the Epic Store #3 Influencer plans say a lot about Epic Games Store’s vision of itself #4 Apple could be working on gaming subscription service Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. And finally, please do subscribe, rate and enjoy the podcast. ---- Links: VP of Business Development @ Game Refinery www.gamerefinery.com/jobs/vp-director-business-development Deconstructor of Fun blog www.deconstructoroffun.com
30:27
February 3, 2019
TWIG #20 Why Activision and EA have dropped over 40 percent
Also, what can be expected from Epic's Android store In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Jam City announces $145m in strategic finance  #2 Epic Games store planned for launch on Android this year #3 Why Activision and EA have dropped over 40 percent Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. And finally, please do subscribe, rate and enjoy the podcast. ---- Links: VP of Business Development @ Game Refinery www.gamerefinery.com/jobs/vp-director-business-development https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-01-16-jam-city-announces-usd145m-in-strategic-finance-just-weeks-after-layoffs?fbclid=IwAR3KjiR0hJbCv5FQDbQC1NuO_BUQd24yY9_WcEjNNfC8aWiqJpSO65P9EJk https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-01-10-epic-games-store-planned-for-launch-on-android-this-year https://lloydmelnick.com/2019/01/19/why-activision-and-ea-have-dropped-over-40-percent/
39:07
January 27, 2019
TWIG #19 Reviewing the Top Predictions for 2019
Experts and analysts are throwing their predictions for this year. Who is using sound analysis for their predictions and who’s just winging it? Let us tell you... In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Here's what 2019 will be like for the game biz #2 Mobile game insiders predict the biggest trends of 2019 Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. And finally, please do subscribe and rate, if you enjoy the podcast. ---- Links to the articles: https://www.deconstructoroffun.com/blog/2018/1/31/prediction-for-2018-mid-core-games https://www.deconstructoroffun.com/blog/2018/1/9/prediction-for-2018-casual-games http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/333675/Opinion_Heres_what_2019_will_be_like_for_the_game_biz.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20GamasutraNews%20(Gamasutra%20News)&fbclid=IwAR0OyI1M8lNXAO5A0UqzG__bo_8AgjCHUi36d_wz1DyfIDFqvNUi394NIjY https://blog.applovin.com/mobile-gaming-trends-2019/
59:01
January 9, 2019
How to Turbo Charge your Ad Monetization
In this episode, I'm joined by Nadav Ashkenazy, who is the VP of Global Partnerships & Biz Dev at ironSource, a leading ad mediation and user acquisition platform with the largest in-app video network in the industry. Nadav schools me on the differences of Ad Units as well as discusses the hottest monetization trends from user level data to programmatic mediation.  Most importantly though, Nadav will share the best practices on how to get the most out of your ad monetization.  ——  Nadav Ashkenazy:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/nadav-ashkenazy-34083aba ironSource:  www.ironsrc.com
1:02:40
January 2, 2019
TWIG #18 Will the Epic Games Store Crush Steam?
Epic has been making moves powered by the unheard success of Fortnite. They skipped the Google's Play Store and are now planning to outplay Valve's Steam as well. In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Jam City lays off a large number of developers #2 Epic Games launching Steam competitor #3 Zynga CEO presents strategy to investors Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. And finally, please do subscribe and rate, if you enjoy the podcast. ---- Links to the articles: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4226523-zynga-inc-znga-ceo-frank-gibeau-presents-39th-nasdaq-investors-conference-transcript?part=single&fbclid=IwAR0wORdnOCex16A9BGRBp_oBkdftvfHZbn0zHTtdFwPqI0SoTWTF-yBgASo http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/332124/Epic_Games_launching_Steam_competitor_with_88_revenue_share_for_devs.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GamasutraNews+%28Gamasutra+News%29 https://www.pocketgamer.biz/news/69576/jam-city-laid-off-a-large-number-of-developers-on-friday/
1:20:06
December 14, 2018
TWIG #17 Who Will Become the Netflix of Games?
Google, Microsoft, EA, Sony or Valve, Nintendo are all gearing up their streaming services. Who will emerge as the winner when the big players collide? In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Best game subscription services of 2018 #2 PlayStation Now Rakes In $143 Million for Sony Q3 2018 #3 Microsoft unveils Project xCloud system to stream games to everything from a phone to a desktop PC - without having to buy a console #4 Pushing the limits of streaming technology Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. And finally, please do subscribe and rate, if you enjoy the podcast. ---- Links to the articles: https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/buying-advice/game/best-game-subscription-services-of-2018-3671842/ https://www.dualshockers.com/playstation-now-revenue-q3-2018/?fbclid=IwAR3aYQvIC7pCFPgRGtFQcH1vCqmYl0QNTBpVZs-qEwZFBdB4Mm7LnCDWhYI https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/8/17950878/microsoft-xcloud-game-streaming-xbox-games-features https://www.blog.google/technology/developers/pushing-limits-streaming-technology/
55:12
November 28, 2018
TWIG16: Jam City + Disney = ?
Will Jam City and Disney be a Hollywood love story? In the lates TWIG we discuss: #1 Jam City signs a deal with Disney #2 Blizzard working on mobile games for all IP #4 Flaregames restructure leads to 45 layoffs Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. And finally, please do subscribe and rate, if you enjoy the podcast. ---- Links to the articles: https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/14/jam-city-disney/ https://www.kitguru.net/gaming/damien-cox/blizzard-has-some-of-its-best-developers-working-on-mobile-games-for-all-ip/ https://www.pocketgamer.biz/job-news/69441/flaregames-restructure-leads-to-45-layoffs-as-ceo-klaas-kersting-steps-down/
41:19
November 20, 2018
TWIG #15 Diablo on Mobile - a Sure Hit or a Giant Miss?
Also, the fall of Next Games and the surging "Call of Duty Royale" In the lates TWIG we discuss: #1 Next Games Q3 Business Review #2 Blizzard Wasn't Expecting Fans To Be This Angry #3 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 could be a Fortnite killer In this episode, Joseph and I are joined by Eric Kress, Principal at Gossamer Consulting Group. Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. And finally, if you enjoy this podcast, subscribe and rate. ---- Links to the articles: https://www.nextgames.com/wp-site/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Next-Games-Business-Review-Q3-2018.pdf https://kotaku.com/blizzard-says-it-wasnt-expecting-fans-to-be-this-angry-1830204721 https://media.thinknum.com/articles/battle-royale-blackout-fortnite/?fbclid=IwAR2V9tV8rdk68VVGUYo1paO1GymIiKLxiwBMlo2R78MUA5yGiz2XK_EbLe8
44:21
November 8, 2018
TWIG #14 Deconstructing Glu Mobile's New Strategy
How does 2019 look for Glu? In the lates TWIG we discuss: #1 Glu Mobile redesigns its headquarters and its strategy #2 Why Glu Mobile Inc. Stock Plunged Today In this episode, Joseph and I are joined by Eric Kress, Principal at Gossamer Consulting Group. Together we aim to answer whether Glu is set for success with its new strategy or not. Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1 &) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. And finally, if you enjoy this podcast, subscribe and rate. ---- Links to the articles: https://venturebeat.com/2018/02/25/glu-mobile-redesigns-its-headquarters-and-its-strategy/view-all/?fbclid=IwAR2eWbf2baS4qLMSYUhAkbtyASSC3UXc_HXxd4O8-bdTpuV86N39detmMtY https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/10/08/why-glu-mobile-inc-stock-plunged-today.aspx
44:50
October 25, 2018
TWIG #13 Should Ubisoft Acquire Zynga?
Could Ubisoft be the one for Zynga? In the lates TWIG we discuss: #1 Ubisoft Could Unlock a Game Changer With Zynga We also have a returning guest, Mr. Eric Kress, Principal at Gossamer Consulting Group. Eric has held high roles in corporate strategy, capital markets research, business development, investment banking and marketing. Eric has and is helping companies like Google, FunPlus. Sega, Kabam and EA when it comes to M&As and corporate development.
24:38
October 17, 2018
TWIG #12 Who Will Buy Zynga
Report: Zynga attracts takeover interest In this episode, Joseph and I are joined by Eric Kress, Principal at Gossamer Consulting Group. Together we aim to answer who could be Zynga's potential new dancing partner and why. Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1 &) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. And finally, if you enjoy this podcast, please do give us a review!
44:37
October 11, 2018
TWIG #11 Nintendo vs. Zynga
Will the Zynga's steady incline beat Nintendo's sporadic growth in the long term? News Deconstructed in this Episode: #1 42% of Gamers Now Use Mobile as Their Main Gaming Platform #2 Zynga Is Well Positioned In The Favorable Video Game Market #3 Nintendo Bets on Dragons in First Built-From-Scratch Mobile Game Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games.
46:06
October 5, 2018
TWIG #10 Deconstructing the Fall of Telltale Games
The four reasons why Telltale Games shut down. News Deconstructed in this Episode: #1 Telltale hit with devastating layoffs #2 How do you evaluate a mobile game's profit potential? #3 From the world's top Clash of Clans player to game dev Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @heinider) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. Enjoy and hit us with feedback on Twitter!
48:54
September 26, 2018
TWIG #9 The Present and the Future of Esports
Everything you need to know about esports as of today. News Deconstructed in this Episode: #1 Teen influencers are making thousands from gaming #2 Activision Blizzard Management Talks Esports #3 Overwatch League Can Bring in $480M for Activision #4 Is the future of esports in your pocket? Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @heinider) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. Enjoy and hit us with feedback on Twitter!
55:29
September 20, 2018
TWIG #9 The Present and the Future of Esports
Everything you need to know about esports as of today. News Deconstructed in this Episode: #1 Teen influencers are making thousands from gaming #2 Activision Blizzard Management Talks Esports #3 Overwatch League Can Bring in $480M for Activision #4 Is the future of esports in your pocket? Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @heinider) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve.
55:29
September 19, 2018
TWIG #8: Fortnite’s Day in the Sun May Be Over
This Week In Games: #1 Super Mario Creator Warns Gaming Industry: Don’t Be Too Greedy #2 Influencers and Community Revolt Against Marvel Strike Force #3 Epic Games named the World’s top Mobile Games Company #4 Fortnite’s Day in the Sun May Be Over Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. Enjoy and hit us with feedback on Twitter!
50:33
September 11, 2018
TWIG #7: Supercell's Brawl Stars Releases Globally After All?
News Deconstructed in this Episode: #1 Zynga Partners With Disney For New Star Wars Games #2 How does Legend of Solgard engage, retain and monetise? #3 Supercell's Brawl Stars Grew Revenue by 616% in July Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. Enjoy and hit us with feedback on Twitter!
53:10
September 4, 2018
Deconstructing Sexism in Games Industry
This topic was probably the most difficult and definitely most sensitive we've tackled on Deconstructor of Fun podcast. Huge thanks to the powerful ladies from Supercell who didn't shy away from discussing this sensitive topic shaping our industry and who are on the forefront of not only game development but also improving the industry as a whole. Hope you get out as much out of this episode as we did.
1:22:16
August 23, 2018
TWIG #6 - Will Esports Save Clash Royale?
News Deconstructed in this Episode: #1 Strained relationships of Riot and Tencent #2 Clash Royale’s New Pro League #3 Revenue Potential of Battle Royale Modes Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. Enjoy and hit us with feedback on Twitter!
38:33
August 21, 2018
TWIG #5
News Deconstructed in this Episode: #1 Chinese Games Raked in More Than $600M in the US #2 Why Arena of Valor is Struggling in America #3 Discord Sets Sights on Steam, Launches Online Store #4 Knights of Fury is the Latest Game from King, but it’s Not What You’d Expect Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. Enjoy and hit us with feedback on Twitter!
39:09
August 14, 2018
TWIG #4
Welcome to This Week In Games, a podcast series from the fine people at Deconstructor of Fun. News Deconstructed in this Episode: #1 Confirmed: Fortnite on Android will drive its bus past Google’s 30% cut #2 Google and Unity Partner for Mobile Game Ads #3 Activision to Adapt More IPs as Mobile Games #4 Activision and Tencent Bringing New ‘Call of Duty’ Mobile Game To China Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. Enjoy and hit us with feedback on Twitter!
37:26
August 8, 2018
TWIG #3
Welcome to This Week In Games, a podcast series from the fine people at Deconstructor of Fun. News Deconstructed in this Episode: #1 Supercell’s Clash Royale plunders $2 billion in revenues in two years #2 Konami announces Super Smash Bros inspired Shonen Jump #3 Apple features Super Evil’s Vainglory in ‘Unleash’ video #4 Fortnite may bypass Google Play for Android release Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. Enjoy and hit us with feedback on Twitter!
38:43
August 2, 2018
TWIG #2
Welcome to This Week In Games, a podcast series from the fine people at Deconstructor of Fun. News Deconstructed in this Episode: 1. AppLovin enters publishing 2. Jam City's potential IPO 3. Nexon's upcoming Marvel: Battle Lines Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. Enjoy!
39:23
July 24, 2018
This Week in Games #1
Welcome to This Week In Games, a podcast series from the fine people at Deconstructor of Fun. The concept is simple: - Your hosts are Joseph Kim (@jokim1) and myself, Mishka Katkoff (@m_katkoff) - We highlight and deconstruct few of the most relevant latest news in games - Most importantly, we keep it (relatively) short Hit us up on twitter to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games.
29:08
July 17, 2018
Working With BIG Entertainment IPs on Mobile
What are the pros and cons when working with a big IP? What are the common challenges and pitfalls when working with an IP holder? And most importantly, how to avoid those pitfalls while reaping all the benefits that an IP provides. In this episode, I'm joined by Joseph Kim (SVP Games and Digital Platforms @ NBC Universal), who will answer the questions above and help you to navigate the promising yet challenging waters of big IPs. Hope you enjoy the podcast! Stay in touch with me, your host, and Joseph Kim: @jokim1 joe.kim@nbcuni.com @deconfun @m_katkoff
47:28
July 16, 2018
Battle Royale Games - Everything You Ought To Know
During the past few months, Battle Royale games have taken the mobile market by a storm racking up a whopping 190M installs and $110M in little less than 4 months (source: Sensor Tower)! Not to mention streaming, where Fortnite reached over 2.4 billion views in February alone. In this podcast, Anil and I look at the staggering numbers. We talk about the game and core loops of Battle Royale games, we analyze the monetization of these games and we discuss the future of the genre. ---- This podcast was brought to you by Matchmade, an amazing platform that connects games with YouTubers and vice versa. Visit www.matchmade.tv to learn more about how you can leverage influencers to grow your games.
1:01:22
May 2, 2018
Influencer Marketing - What You Need to Know Right Now
As we all know, influencer marketing is about as hot of a buzzword as eSports. And just like with eSports, the key questions revolve around ROI, targeting and scaling. But what makes a good influencer campaign and what are the trends in the world of streaming? This podcast answers those two and many more questions. I'm joined by Jiri Kupiainen, CEO of Matchmade. Jiri is an old skool game developer who dropped out of high school to make games and ended up building a game company which he sold to Disney. After working as a VP at Disney, Jiri got back to making indie games, where he faced the issue of discovery. This issue got him pivoting his company from building games to helping other game companies to get their games discovered - through influencers.
45:51
March 13, 2018
Leading and Managing Game Designers
What makes game designers tick? What are the different designer types? How to overcome typical designer pitfalls? These questions and more are discussed in this podcast with Florian Ziegler, lead designer at EA's super successful Firemonkeys studio in Melbourne.
59:38
November 6, 2017
Mobile Publishing - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
In this episode, I discuss mobile publishing with Anil Das-Gupta who is a Product Lead at Wargaming and a frequent blogger on Deconstructor of Fun.
43:33
July 11, 2017