40 episodes

The GameMakers podcast publishes deep discussions on F2P game development. Topics that we cover include F2P monetization, liveops, game design, game development processes, team structure, and more.

The podcast will cover 2 types of content:
1. Game Dev: Game development topics and issues
2. LILA Games Story: The real world and real time story of LILA Games as we start a new games studio

Hosts:
1. Joseph Kim, CEO of LILA Games
2. Paul Leydon, CCO of LILA Games
3. Avinash Pandey, CTO of LILA Games

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The GameMakers podcast publishes deep discussions on F2P game development. Topics that we cover include F2P monetization, liveops, game design, game development processes, team structure, and more.

The podcast will cover 2 types of content:
1. Game Dev: Game development topics and issues
2. LILA Games Story: The real world and real time story of LILA Games as we start a new games studio

Hosts:
1. Joseph Kim, CEO of LILA Games
2. Paul Leydon, CCO of LILA Games
3. Avinash Pandey, CTO of LILA Games

    Philosophy #8: How to Make Difficult Decisions!

    Philosophy #8: How to Make Difficult Decisions!

    How should you make difficult decisions? What are common kinds of difficult decisions in the games industry? What are common decision-making models? What are important distinctions between types of decisions?   

    Deep dive on this very important topic in great depth and with our typical philosophical approach!  

    HOSTS: 

    - Joseph Kim, CEO at LILA Games

    - Brett Nowak, CEO at Liquid & Grit

    LINKS:


    The Principles of Product Development Flow, by Donald Reinertsen
    Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, by Jocko Willink
    Making Smart Choices: 8 Keys to Making Effective Decisions blog
    Win With Character, Win with Cruelty, Jim Harbaugh

    Read about it in the GameMakers newsletter

    • 1 hr 7 min
    How To Fix Axie Infinity | Sustainability & Future of Sky Mavis

    How To Fix Axie Infinity | Sustainability & Future of Sky Mavis

    We discuss the sustainability and economy behind the massive hit blockchain game Axie Infinity. Naavik has released a research report breaking down the economy and sustainability of the game (check out the link to the report below).   

    Axie seems to have reached an inflection point in which the game may no longer be sustainable.  

    Find out more about Axie, its economy, Sky Mavis and how they monetize Axie, and the potential future and sustainability of both Axie and Sky Mavis.  Btw, it's easy to cast stones, so we also take an optimistic look and discuss the potential solutions and upside of Axie and Sky Mavis.  

    Check out this deep and very educational discussion now!  

    LINKS: 

    - Master the Meta newsletter: https://naavik.co/themetas

    - Naavik Premium Research: https://naavik.co/premium

    - Axie Infinity: Infinite Opportunity or Infinite Peril research report: https://naavik.co/business-breakdowns/axie-infinity 

    PROMOTION:  

    Check out the Naavik premium research service for games: https://naavik.co/premium

    Use promo code NAAVIKGAMEMAKERS for a 10% discount off of the first 12 months of the subscription!

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Games Industry in "Crisis": Biggest Risk & Opportunity in 2022 and Beyond!

    Games Industry in "Crisis": Biggest Risk & Opportunity in 2022 and Beyond!

    We brought together a number of experts from across the gaming ecosystem to have a casual but deep and informed discussion about the future of mobile gaming.  

    In particular, what are key opportunities game developers should be aware of and what are the potential risks as we move into 2022 and beyond.  

    SPEAKERS: 

    - Nadav Ashkenazy, SVP Publishing Solutions, IronSource: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nadav-ashkenazy-34083aba/

    - Ron Rejwan, Co-founder/CEO of new gaming startup Sneaky Panda, Former Co-founder/CTO of Jelly Button the makers of Pirate Kings: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ron-rejwan-1124013/

    - Lexi Sydow, Head of Insights, App Annie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lexisydow/ 

    0:00 Intro 

    1:40 Biggest Impact Change 

    9:19 Mid/Hardcore Insurgency 

    16:40 Services Drive Growth 

    27:24 Social Multiplayer Crypto 

    39:20 Metaverse  

    49:37 Data Wars 

    58:34 Chasing Quick Money 

    1:05:50 Global Financial Crisis 

    1:12:46 User Acquisition Costs  

    1:18:21 Final Words  

    Read about it in the GameMakers newsletter: https://gamemakers.substack.com/

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Philosophy #7: PM Planning & Prioritization in the Games Industry

    Philosophy #7: PM Planning & Prioritization in the Games Industry

    What kinds of planning do product managers do in game development? 

    We discuss the kinds of planning in concept/pre-production, production, and in live ops.   

    What kinds of revenue forecasting and analysis should you do?   

    How to plan for big innovations vs. incremental liveops beats?  

    GUEST: 

    - Adam Telfer, Senior Director of Product - Head of Central Product at WB Games: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamtelfer/ 

    HOSTS: 

    - Joseph Kim, CEO at LILA Games: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jokim/

    - Brett Nowak, CEO at Liquid & Grit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brett-nowak-8920675/ 

    👇 CHECK IT OUT  

    GameMakers Newsletter: https://gamemakers.substack.com/

    • 1 hr 19 min
    The Future of Apple App Store Economics

    The Future of Apple App Store Economics

    So today there are a lot of complaints about whether a 30% Apple or Google app store fee is fair. And even further, whether there should be competition and the ability to have an open ecosystem for alternative payments or even app stores.  

    We have on with us today some folks who will talk about both the current situation behind App Store fees and speculate on where this is all potentially heading as well.  

    SPEAKERS:  

    - Chris Hewish, President of Xsolla. The company has solutions against alternative payments and payment solutions both on Web and for PC, but also increasingly with a focus on mobile.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrishewish/ 

    - Matthew Kanterman, Senior Equity Research Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. Matthew in particular has a specific focus on gaming, Asia, mobile, and metaverse. https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-kanterman-cfa-b6345133/ 

    - Brett Nowak, CEO of Liquid & Grit. Brett also coincidentally co-hosts a podcast series with me called Philosophy Friday.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/brett-nowak-8920675/ 

    Read about it in the GameMakers newsletter: https://gamemakers.substack.com/

    • 45 min
    Philosophy #5: Employee Feedback and Performance Reviews May Be Your Biggest Challenge at Work

    Philosophy #5: Employee Feedback and Performance Reviews May Be Your Biggest Challenge at Work

    Back at you with some deep thoughts on the challenges, difficulties, and potential solutions for one of the biggest problems at most companies:

    - How to give employee feedback and do performance reviews

    We deep people. Listen to this pod and let us know what you think!



    LINKS:

    - Airbnb System: The Power of Performance Reviews: Use This System to Become a Better Manager

    - LILA Games Values Doc: (see slides on feedback)

    • 1 hr 5 min

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