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Deconstructor of Fun podcast is created by games professionals for games professionals. We explore the business side of games industry with the goal of bringing listeners content that is relevant, insightful and entertaining.

The podcast has two forms​ of episodes:
1. This Week in Games (TWIG), which discusses the latest news
2. The in-depth conversations with guests from various gaming companies

The podcast is a long-form conversation hosted by (Twitter):
Michail "Mishka" Katkoff: @m_katkoff
Eric Seufert @eric_seufert
Eric Kress: @ekress
Adam Telfer: @adamwtelfer
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
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Headlines: Netflix Hires Facebook Gaming Executive Mike Verdu Peloton plans to launch an in-app video game No IDFA. No Problem. Apple Can’t Kill Gaming Links: Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
How Call of Duty Mobile went from concept to soft-launch. How the game broke all the records with 135M installs during launch month. What caused the turnaround in 2021 after revenues declined post-launch. What is the future of Call of Duty Mobile and Activision Mobile as a whole? Guest: Chris Plummer, Head of Mobile at Activision Matt Lewis, VP of Mobile, GM of Call of Duty Mobile Join Activision Links: Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Host: Mishka Katkoff --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Headlines: WoW Disappointment, Plus Twitch, Start Mass Exodus Into Final Fantasy XIV Google expands ad targeting in mobile games amid pandemic gaming boom NoPixel and Grand Theft Auto V Links: Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Launching a mid-core game with high production values, competitive gameplay and strong multiplayer core requires a long and thorough soft launch.  I'm joined by Volkan Ediz, Chief Revenue Officer at Super Evil Megacorp, as we discuss how they've approached soft launch for their latest title Catalyst Black. What countries and platforms they chose, what has been their marketing budget, how do they improve marketability, what metrics they are looking at and how have the privacy changes affected the soft launch.   --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: Drake Star Partners: Game deals surpassed $60B in the first half of 2021 Supercell's secret for growing Brawl Stars to a $1 billion success Ubisoft’s next Assassin’s Creed will be a live service game Links: Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
According to the book No Rules Rules, Netflix's culture is ruthless - both in terms of execution and in the way they treat their employees. In this episode, Sophie Vo, Joakim Achren, and Yours Truly discuss the merits and the challenges of the Netflix culture in a games company setting. We also talk about the pitfalls many companies face as they attempt to introduce pieces of the Netflix culture into their vastly different organizations. Links: Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Elite Game Developers Rise and Play --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1 Duolingo filed to go public #2 Self-publishing is key to attracting VC money for mobile gaming studios #3 EA continues to spend big on mobile games with $1.4 billion Playdemic acquisition LINKS: TWIG Newsletter Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Arnd Benninghoff (EVP, Modern Times Group) and Shaun Rutland (CEO, Hutch) join the podcast to discuss MTG's corporate strategy. MTG is one of the top consolidators in the industry having acquired companies like Hutch, Inno Games, and ESL. MTG refers to their consolidation activities as   "family building". Their growth strategy is founded around acquiring resilient game studios that have operated over years through the turmoil of the market. The acquired companies are usually mid to small size and without exception profitable. MTG doesn't offer any central resources - unlike Zynga, AppLovin, or Playtika. And the corporation wants founders to continue to not only head their companies but to also help to "grow the family". --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1 E3 Review #2 Disney's resurgence into video games is only just beginning LINKS: TWIG Newsletter Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
This episode discusses idle games from all angles. Together with Rimmy Spanjer, who is the Managing Director of Games at Hyper Hippo, we cover concept validation, the development process, best monetization practices, and live services strategies in idle games. We also discuss why you should or shouldn't make an idle game and predict the future of the genre. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Welcome to This Week in Games!  We discuss NFTs in games with Ethan Levy, who also talks about his recent Deconstructor of Fun article - How Netflix could become the 'Netflix of Gaming'. LINKS: Level Up 2021 Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
In this episode, I'm joined by Chris Pruett, Director of Publishing at Oculus. We discuss the latest VR hardware and the overall adaptation rate of the platform. The Oculus ecosystem and the type of content that has reached financial success on it. As well as the future of virtual and augmented reality. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1 Dark Horse Comics started a gaming division #2 Valorant is coming to phones and mobile platforms #3 WWDC LINKS: Level Up 2021 Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1 Tim Cook faces harsh questions about the App store from Judge in Fortnite Trial #2 why Apple says Microsoft's xCloud game streaming isn't on the iPhone #3 EA Mobile LINKS: Level Up 2021 Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1 Netflix Looking for Exec to Oversee a Push Into Gaming #2 Garena Free Fire - Q1 2021 Results #3 Jam City SPAC LINKS: Level Up 2021 Lilith's CEOs interview Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Zynga, Playtika, Tencent, Stillfront, Embracer, and many more are achieving fantastic growth through M&A. In many ways, acquiring gaming studios has become the norm for growth for successful gaming companies. Yet we tend to forget how volatile M&A tends to be. According to research and a recent Harvard Business Review report, the failure rate for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) sits between 70 percent and 90 percent when looking at all industries combined. In this episode, I'm joined by Lou Fasulo, former CEO of Z2, which was acquired by King in 2015 and shut down in 2019. In many ways, the acquisition of Z2 represents the more common way acquisitions tend to play out. After a bloomy dating period comes the honeymoon, which is followed by the challenges of functioning effectively as a part of a larger corp. As the challenges mount, the result is often the dismantling of the acquired entity. ---- LINKS: Secrets of Game Growth  Level Up 2021 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1 Ubisoft's free-to-play turn could be the new normal for big franchises #2 Xbox teams up with Tencent’s Honor of Kings maker Timi Studios #3 HOW SCOPELY TRIES TO DO GAME ACQUISITIONS THE RIGHT WAY #4 Zynga Quarterly Earnings Call LINKS: Secrets of Game Growth with Deconstructor of Fun, Mobile Dev Memo & Twitter Level Up 2021 Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
the book: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team  the author: Patrick Lencioni  the hosts: Joakim Achren, Sophie Vo and Michail Katkoff --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1 Metacore secures €150m credit line from Supercell #2 Ubisoft Reveals Free Tom Clancy’s The Division Game with Heartland #3 Zynga Buys chartboost to drive online ads, reports record quarterly revenue LINKS: Level Up 2021 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Newzoo is the world's most trusted source for games and esports analytics and market research. They have a fantastic team of experts providing insights and expertise that helps developers, publishers, and platforms around the World. In this episode, we discuss Newzoo's services and dive deep into their latest cloud gaming and mobile gaming reports.  Kudos to Candice Mudrick and Tom Wijman for joining the podcast. 👉Newzoo's latest trend reports --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
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Vasavadatta Yt

hi! there's something off in the audio mixing, on several instances different people talking kinda overlaps

Jun 27th
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