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TWIG #49: Subscriptions The New Weapon in Game Monetization and NBCUniversal Shuts Down Game Publishing

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By Michail Katkoff
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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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
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