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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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Deconstructor of Fun Deconstructor of Fun

    • Video Games
    • 4.7, 43 Ratings

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

Listen Notes
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support

    Online Services for Multiplayer PVP Games | Pragma.gg

    Online Services for Multiplayer PVP Games | Pragma.gg

    We’re here today to talk about the kinds of online, live services technology that are required for multiplayer PVP games.   

    More specifically we will cover online services (accounts, matchmaking, player stats, and store) rather than the multiplayer networking side.  Speaking with us today is the founding team from Pragma.gg who have incredible backgrounds in online back-end services for massive PVP games like League of Legends and Eve Online.    

    Host:


    Joe Kim, @jokim1 (Twitter)

    Guests:


    Eden Chen, CEO: @edenchen (Twitter)    
    Chris Cobb, CTO
     Nick Tittley, Co-Founder

    You can reach them by email as well: [first name]@pragma.gg   

    Topics covered:     


    What are the key issues/challenges to pay attention to for scaled PVP games like Riot’s League of Legends or CCP’s Eve Online or Epic’s Fortnite when it comes to online services.     
    What current tools exist and what are the biggest technical challenges tp solve? 
    Cross-platform considerations, challenges, and trends  
    Matchmaking challenges  
    Reputation and Behavior     
    Scaling challenges  

    This content originally aired on the GameMakers YouTube channel. You can watch the video there.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    #metoo and Abuse in the Industry, IDFA Apocalypse, AAA Unsustainable, Nintendo Chills?, Pokemon Unite! And More!

    #metoo and Abuse in the Industry, IDFA Apocalypse, AAA Unsustainable, Nintendo Chills?, Pokemon Unite! And More!

    Welcome to TWIG #89!

    We are joined this episode by the legendary Emily Greer founder of Kongregate and her new game studio Double Loop. A must watch at GDC and one of the OGs of the F2P games industry.

    This week we cover:

    #1. Abuse in the industry isn't down to a few "bad apples" | Opinion

    #2. iOS 14: IDFA is not dead yet, but it’s definitely on life support

    #3. Former PlayStation Boss Says AAA Game Development Is Unsustainable

    #4. Nintendo Chills Mobile Ambitions After Animal Crossing Success

    #5. Pokémon Unite could open competitive gaming to a whole new audience

    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


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    UA Coffee Talk: Death of Performance Marketing- The Debate!

    UA Coffee Talk: Death of Performance Marketing- The Debate!

    Today we’re going to be talking about 2 different perspectives on the future of performance marketing.   

    Positive View: The changes currently impacting UA will shift the role of a UA marketer but ultimately the changes will not be so dramatic and besides potentially adding some additional skills or shifting to be a bit more strategic and having leaner teams, and the changes will mean more of a shift rather than a fundamental change.  

    Negative View: The basic role of performance marketing and having a career as a UA marketer is basically dead. It won’t be the same and the role is fundamentally gone or will be nothing like what it is today.  

    And to provide our audience here with some context, I wrote a ggDigest newsletter and medium post titled “The Death of Performance Marketing: The Secret Interview”  

    In that post, I wrote about some of the big changes happening that will impact the UA marketing role. I interviewed both Matej who we have on here today as well as a confidential interviewee. We discussed both sides of the argument for what will happen to performance marketing based on the current and potentially even more upcoming changes



    Joining us today to talk about all of this and more (Twitter):

    Moderator: 


    Joe Kim (@jokim1)

    Speakers:


    Matej Lancaric (@matejlancaric)
    Filippo De Rose (@free2play_games)


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    • 49 min
    TWIG #88: Microsoft Shutting Down Mixer -> Facebook Gaming, EA Game Slate, Apple Platform Fees, & Epic Offering $750M at $17B Valuation

    TWIG #88: Microsoft Shutting Down Mixer -> Facebook Gaming, EA Game Slate, Apple Platform Fees, & Epic Offering $750M at $17B Valuation

    Welcome to TWIG #88!

    This week we cover:

    #1. Microsoft is shutting down Mixer and partnering with Facebook Gaming

    #2. EA details game slate with 'Star Wars,' Switch news

    #3. Epic Games and Match Group join Spotify in protesting Apple’s App Store fees

    #4. Apple Rejects Facebook’s Gaming App, for at Least the Fifth Time

    #5. Epic Offering 750M at 17B Valuation



    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


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    • 45 min
    UA Coffee Talk: The Changing UA Marketing Role!

    UA Coffee Talk: The Changing UA Marketing Role!

    Huge changes are coming to the role of user acquisition (UA) and what it means to be a performance marketer in mobile.  

    #1. What are the big changes coming and the trends that are driving the changes? 

    #2. How big will brand marketing be in the future? Will it take over performance marketing? 

    #3. What new skills will performance marketers need to build to prepare for the future?

    Find out about these issues and more with:


    Joe Kim, DOF Host: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jokim/
    Nebo Radovic: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nebojsaradovic/
    Jon Lau: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-y-lau/
    Matej Lancaric: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matejlancaric/


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    • 46 min
    TWIG #87: Activision and Selena Gomez Trademark/IP Claims in Games, Valorant Performance, Amazon of Gaming Companies

    TWIG #87: Activision and Selena Gomez Trademark/IP Claims in Games, Valorant Performance, Amazon of Gaming Companies

    Welcome to TWIG #87!

    This week we cover:

    #1.; Call of Duty Publisher Wins First Amendment Trademark Suit Against Humvee Manufacturer (Gamma Law)

    #2. Selena Gomez Sues Mobile Game Company for $10M for Stealing Likeness (Gamma Law)

    #3. This is the PlayStation 5 (The Verge)

    #4. Valorant is Performing Below Expectations According to Twitch Stats (GameLife)

    #5. How to Build the Amazon of Game Companies (ggdigest.com)



    LINKS

    This week we are joined by guest David Hoppe of Gamma Law: http://gammalaw.com/


    David Hoppe: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidbhoppe/ (LinkedIn)

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    https://elitegamedevelopers.com/egd-062-kristian-segerstrale-super-evil-megacorp/



    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


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    • 47 min

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