20 episodes

Struggling to get your game noticed? The Games PR Podcast is your secret weapon. Learn from the best! Listen in as our podcast team and guests offer up actionable strategies for writing killer pitches, securing Metacritic reviews, avoiding PR pitfalls, and partnering with impactful influencers. Subscribe now and unlock your game’s full potential! 

The Games PR Podcast Big Games Machine

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Struggling to get your game noticed? The Games PR Podcast is your secret weapon. Learn from the best! Listen in as our podcast team and guests offer up actionable strategies for writing killer pitches, securing Metacritic reviews, avoiding PR pitfalls, and partnering with impactful influencers. Subscribe now and unlock your game’s full potential! 

    Episode 20 - Game Journalist Survey 2024: What Game Journalists Really Think (ft. Eurogamer’s Editor in Chief)

    Episode 20 - Game Journalist Survey 2024: What Game Journalists Really Think (ft. Eurogamer’s Editor in Chief)

    Discover the reality of the world of games journalism as Eurogamer's Editor in Chief, Tom Phillips, joins us to dissect insights from our 2024 Games Journalism Survey. We peel back the curtain on the intricate dance of games journalism, offering a treasure trove of insider knowledge for PR professionals and game developers.

    Tom shares how game developers can pitch their stories to stand out in this SEO-driven landscape and the importance of balancing algorithm-driven articles and authentic content for readers. This leads to an insightful conversation on the evolving presence of guides and the rise of popularity in such content in an age of growing demand from players.

    We also head to the front lines of gaming content creation, where the pressure of overflowing inboxes and the allure of early access reviews shape the future of the industry. We'll entertain you with tales from the trenches about sifting through the daily deluge of pitches and the red flags that signal an instant 'no.' Tom also reveals how platforms like Patreon revolutionise how journalists and creators connect with their communities and whether this will be an ongoing trend in a highly uncertain industry.

    To wrap up, we journey through the high-stakes world of pre-release game reviews and the nuanced dance of publisher-journalist relations. Tom offers a rare peek into the world of reviewing games ahead of release, unpacking the pressures and ethical considerations unique to video game criticism, and best practises to maximise coverage opportunities for your game. 

    We close with a reminder to check out the comprehensive 2024 Games Journalist Survey for further illumination of the fascinating trends shaping the future of game journalism.

    • 46 min
    Episode 19 - Subscribe For Success: Expert Influencer Marketing Tips That Will Get You Results

    Episode 19 - Subscribe For Success: Expert Influencer Marketing Tips That Will Get You Results

    Get ready to unlock the mysteries of influencer marketing in the gaming world with the insights of Lynn Marie from Lurkit. This episode peels back the layers on the actual costs of influencers and busts myths about their marketing prowess. We shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes—micro-influencers—and their uncanny ability to forge deep connections in niche gaming communities. It's not just about throwing game codes at content creators; it's about nurturing authentic relationships and tapping into the unique audiences that truly vibe with your game.

    When authenticity meets collaboration, magic happens in the realms of gaming and cosplay. Authenticity is the name of the game as we discuss genuine connections in influencer campaigns, and how they can transform a marketing strategy. We glean valuable lessons from a Gamescom case study, illustrating the power of real engagement over superficiality. The episode also heralds a new era of consumer relations, where developers are building closer ties with players and content creators, providing resources like cosplay guides and early game access that are reshaping the industry.

    Measuring campaign success is an art, and in this episode, we challenge the conventional wisdom that views are king. Instead, we argue for engagement as the crown jewel, where influencers can cultivate a lasting community around a game. You'll hear about underdog influencers who punch well above their weight, just like Brock Purdy's surprising ascent in the NFL. It's an episode that champions the genuine passion of creators whose impact is measured in more than just numbers, and it offers a blueprint for how fostering these connections can foster a vibrant gaming community.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 18 - Standing Out From the Crowd: Game Journalist Advice On Securing Coverage For Your Indie Game

    Episode 18 - Standing Out From the Crowd: Game Journalist Advice On Securing Coverage For Your Indie Game

    Looking to get some top tips on attracting game journalists to your upcoming indie game? We’ve got your back! Episode 18 of the Games PR Podcast sees Jack and Tom joined by former Rock, Paper, Shotgun video producer, and co-host of the Indieventure podcast, Liam Richardson!

    Together, they’ll cover a range of different methods that can help make your game more attractive to the media, as well as dissecting the nuanced factors that shape the identity of indie games, from the size of their development teams to the subtleties of publisher relationships. 

    In a marketplace brimming with both indie treasures and blockbuster giants, we break down how journalists strike a balance to shed light on hidden gems amidst the clamour for the next big title. The conversation also delves into the complex nature of game promotion – the importance of an engaging hook and the artistry behind captivating visuals that can set an indie project apart in a saturated industry. We also touch on the complex relationship between PR, discoverability, and the journalist’s quest to present fresh, innovative content to an eager audience.

    As the episode draws to a close, we reminisce over the transformative journey of indie games, from novelty pastimes to influential market contenders, and Liam's preferred ways to discover indie games, through festivals such as Next Fest and trawling social platforms!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 17 - Mastering The Art Of Event Planning: How To Create Unforgettable Event Experiences

    Episode 17 - Mastering The Art Of Event Planning: How To Create Unforgettable Event Experiences

    Ready to level up your event and PR game? We’ve got you covered! This week, host Jack and tech PR wizard Amie welcome Molly and John from the award-winning pop culture marketing agency, Experience12. They’re here to offer their fantastic insight into the best ways to bring event plans to life.  

    The Experience12 team explains the different options available to those looking to build a presence at events such as EGX, Gamescom and GDC, highlighting how even if you’re an indie on a budget, you can still be present at events in some form. However big your budget is, what is super important is planning, and the team explain how bigger events often require year-long planning. 

    We reminisce about the best free goodies we’ve bagged at events and how the industry as a whole is shifting to more sustainable methods of delivering event experiences and booths across multiple events to maximise efficiency and minimise waste!

    We also discuss how the post-COVID era has undoubtedly posed challenges, but it has also offered opportunities that underline the significance of relationships formed at events and how important having a presence at said events can be. Online events still have an important role and allow a wider base to participate in them, but they need the experiential nature of physical events that can really assist in relationship building. 

    Wrapping up the conversation, we delve into how local partnerships and event attendance can open fresh avenues for brands. Experience12’s Molly and John highlight the importance of creating a vibrant atmosphere and expanding someone’s experience at an event to being more than just sitting down and playing a game.

    • 38 min
    Episode 16 - Elevating Your PR Pitch: Insider Secrets On Successfully Pitching To Games Media

    Episode 16 - Elevating Your PR Pitch: Insider Secrets On Successfully Pitching To Games Media

    Are you ready to take your pitching game to the next level? Episode 16 of The Games PR Podcast is your ultimate guide to mastering the art of B2B and games media-focused pitching. From understanding the industry to articulating complex topics, our pitching superstars Jack, Tom, Luke, and Keaiana will guide you through the entire process. Find out how to identify the different media groups for pitching and create a compelling strategy tailored to your product or game.

    We delve into the intricacies of striking the perfect balance between professionalism and showing passion in your pitch. Catch the attention of journalists, even in a crowded space, as our experts share their insights into making your pitch memorable. Discover the significance of being friendly and personable, and learn how these attributes can make a world of difference in your pitching efforts.

    But that's not all! We also highlight the importance of understanding a client's needs and how it informs our pitching approach. Learn how client interactions can help you better grasp their brand, business, and goals. We wrap things up by comparing B2B and B2C relationships, emphasising how understanding the industry can help you ace product launches. Whether you're a novice or a pitching pro, you will want to catch this episode packed with actionable insights and tips.

    • 50 min
    Episode 15 - Game Dev Chronicles: The Falconeer Developer Tomas Sala Talks Demos, Next Fest And More

    Episode 15 - Game Dev Chronicles: The Falconeer Developer Tomas Sala Talks Demos, Next Fest And More

    Episode 15 of The Games PR Podcast sees Jack and Tom joined by Bafta-nominated Tomas Sala, developer of The Falconeer and Bulwark: Falconeer Chronicles.

    Tomas sat down with the BGM crew to discuss the nature of solo development, his decision to release an 'evolving demo' for Bulwark: Falconeer Chronicles (and the unique nature of player feedback he receives as a result), as well as offering a behind the scenes insight of Steam Next Fest from the perspective of an indie developer.

    Got any questions, queries or ideas for new episodes? Get in touch on our website or drop us a DM on Twitter!

    BGM Twitter: https://twitter.com/Biggamesmachine
    BGM Website: https://www.biggamesmachine.com/
    BGM Content Hub: https://www.biggamesmachine.com/hub/
    Tomas Sala Twitter: https://twitter.com/FalconeerDev
    The Falconeer: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1135260/The_Falconeer/
    Bulwark: Falconeer Chronicles: https://store.steampowered.com/app/290100/Bulwark_Falconeer_Chronicles/

    • 1 hr

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