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Deconstructor of Fun podcast explores the business side of games. The content is aimed to help developers, publishers, and platforms to understand what makes the game 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 focuses 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
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
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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 --- 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. --- 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 --- 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 --- 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 --- 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 --- 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 --- 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 --- 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 --- 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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1. Respawn reveals details on Apex Legends Mobile #2. Fortnite made more than $9 billion in revenue in its first two years #3. Johanna Faries named new Call of Duty general manager LINKS: Level Up Academy Modern Mobile Marketing at Scale --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
2020 was a monumental year for mobile gaming. Facebook's Games Marketing Insights for 2021 report provides several new and unique insights that will help you plan for the year ahead. The report dives into changing player behavior, demographics, motivations, preferences, and spending habits. To save you time, we recorded a podcast episode with Stephen Gray, Ph.D., Consumer Research Manager at Facebook, and went through the report in detail. Some of the fascinating takeaways from the podcast: Core gamers adopted mobile. The major new audience getting into mobile games are core gamers who flocked especially into shooter games. Familiarity is becoming vital. Three out of four games downloaded in the Western markets were familiar to the player in advance. In South Korea, a more mature mobile gaming market, 9 out of 10 games downloaded were familiar to the players in advance. The top is evolving. 42 new games entered the top 100 grossing charts. This is nearly double that in 2019. This changes the perception that the top is never changing but it also speaks of the diminished staying power of top-grossing games. Download the report. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
In this episode, we discuss iOS 14, whether Android can provide safe havens, and the future of creatives post-ATT. Check out the latest growth strategy course: ios14strategy.com code: DT50 Your hosts: Michail Katkoff (twitter) and Eric Seufert (twitter) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1. EA announced its new Battlefield game #2. Fortnite’s Mastermind Goes to Battle With Apple #3. New Leadership for Overwatch LINKS: - LILA Games Job Opportunities: https://www.lilagames.com/jobs/ - JK's New Investment Podcast: SUPER STONK BROS: APPLOVIN IPO BREAKDOWN - Get Notified of GameMakers Events! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Which one is more important - to ship a good game or to grow a good game? DECA Games founded by Ken Go is a truly unique gaming company. They became highly successful by reversing the steps to success. Instead of developing new games, the company started off by first growing live games. Only after proving successful in operating decade-old titles have they taken a step towards developing and one-day shipping games of their own. I encourage all to listen to this episode whether you're interest in live services, company building, or both. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Dirk Lueth Co-founder of Upland Explains Blockchain Basics and How It's Used in Games SPONSOR: - XSOLLA: Xsolla Funding Club is a complimentary matching service that puts video games like yours in front of multiple publishers and investors. Join Xsolla Funding Club today at Xsolla.com/funding. Your host: - Joe Kim (@jokim1) Speaker: - Dirk Lueth, Co-founder Uplandme UPLAND: Upland Website --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1. Epic will lose over $300M on Epic Games Store exclusives, is fine with that #2. EPIC Games raises $1B for long-term metaverse plans, with $200M from Sony #3. Could Apple and Google pull the plug on mobile game monetisation? #4. Wild Rift is League of Legends predictions SPONSOR: - XSOLLA: Xsolla Funding Club is a complimentary matching service that puts video games like yours in front of multiple publishers and investors. Join Xsolla Funding Club today at Xsolla.com/funding. Your hosts: - Miska Katkoff (@m_katkoff) - Joe Kim (@jokim1) - Eric Kress (@ekress) - Adam Telfer (@adamwtelfer) As always, pls feel free to send us feedback! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
War Robots is the largest tactical shooter on mobile having grossed $500M since launch.  Despite the massive success, the beginning of the game's journey was very rough. The game launched as a barebone version boasting KPIs that were unimpressive at best. Yet with hard work, smart decisions, determination, and having their back against the wall the team at Pixonic was able to not only turn the game around but turn it into a massive success. Guest: Vladimir Krasilnikov Host: Mishka Katkoff --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Cross-platform makes all the sense on the paper. More platforms increase your games' reach and will limit your dependency on a single platform. Yet despite all the tools, cross-platform development remains extremely difficult and thus incredibly risky. In this episode, we discuss the following questions: How do you approach cross-platform development? Do you focus on one platform? If so, which one? Do you start with the hardest or the easiest? Do you do it all internally or so use partners to make ports? Do you have a dedicated team to work on tools for cross-platform development? What happens when your game goes live. How do you make updates? Shoutout to Maxwell Zierath for joining the podcast. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games #127. News for today: #1. Exclusive: Tencent's Timi gaming studio generated $10 billion in 2020, sources say #2. Manticore Games raises $100M for user-generated games in the ‘multiverse’ #3. Clash Of Clans Reveals Three New Games: Clash Quest, Mini, & Heroes #4. Wild Rift is League of Legends for everyone (We didn't really cover this) SPONSOR: - The Industry's Best Market Research Firm: Beta Hat Your hosts: - Miska Katkoff (@m_katkoff) - Joe Kim (@jokim1) - Eric Kress (@ekress) - Adam Telfer (@adamwtelfer) As always, pls feel free to send us feedback! --- 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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