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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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Welcome to TWIG #56 everybody. This week we focus on live ops companies like DECA and now Rogue Games who will live operate Vainglory for Super Evil Megacorp.Today we have your usual hosts Joe Kim, Eric Kress, and Adam Telfer (Miska's out today). Joining us however is Ken Go CEO of DECA who will talk about DECA's business and the business of live ops specialists.The full news we discuss is as follows:#1. Deca Games plays F2P’s long tail, buying 4 one-time hits from GREE#2. Super Evil Megacorp raises $10.5 million, moves on to new game, and hands Vainglory off to Rogue Games#3. Supercell cans Rush Wars#4. BlizzCon 2019’s biggest announcements: Diablo 4, Overwatch 2, and an apology Watch the Ironsource Gamefest video on GameMakers: HEREWatch the video interview with Mike DeLaet CEO of Rogue Games on GameMakers: HEREHit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at:@jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoffAlso hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
Welcome to TWIG #55 everybody. This week we get a bit of a battle between Eric and Miska over Zynga growth prospects so stay tuned for that!This week we cover:#1. EA games are coming back to Steam#2. Mobile game firm Scopely raises $200 million#3. One Million players now subscribe to PlayStation Now#4. Zynga posts record-setting revenues, net bookings in Q3Hit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at: @jokim1 @ekress @adamwtelfer @m_katkoffAlso hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
Apple Arcade launched on September 19 earlier this year and has been praised by many in the media and significantly backed by Apple. Having said that:#1. What are the future prospects for this service? #2. Who is the audience? #3. What are key strengths/weaknesses of the service?  #4. Finally, how well do we think Apple Arcade will do in the long-term?  Find out in our discussion today with myself Joseph Kim, Eric Kress (Principal, Gossamer Consulting), and Steve Palley (Head of Business Development & Strategy, Pixelberry Studios).Comments? Questions?Hit us up on Twitter: @jokim1 (JK Kim), @ekress (Eric Kress), @spall03 (Steve Palley)
Welcome to TWIG 54!This week we cover:#1. Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s spectacular bomb blows up Ubisoft’s plans for 2019#2. Google is making a "spectrum of bets" on Stadia content#3. Fallout 76 Now Has a $100-a-year subscription service, Fallout 1st#4. Why have hyper-casual games replaced gacha in Japan?Hit us up on Twitter: @jokim1, @ekress, @adamwtelfer, @m_katkoffLet us know which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to let us know how we can improve.Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
Welcome to TWIG 53.This week we cover:#1. Everything Riot announced for League of Legends’ 10th anniversary#2. The 4 Features that matter on PS5 - and 5 that don’t#3. Call of Duty is the biggest mobile game launch ever, with 100 million downloads#4. CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE POST-LAUNCH APPROACH TO NEW CONTENTWe are joined by Paul Bellezza who actually works on Project A at Riot Games! Hit us up on Twitter: @jokim1, @ekress, @adamwtelfer, @m_katkoff, @pabroLet us know which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to let us know how we can improve.Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
Riot Games got hit with a tsunami in the form of the infamous Kotaku article Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games. The article was followed by several people writing publicly about their own experience with the company that underlined the same story and signalled a clear message - Riot’s culture needed healing.The person who took the ownership for leading the healing process was Angela Roseboro who joined the company as a Chief Diversity Officer & Talent Acquisition Lead little less than a year ago. And in such a relatively short time Angela and her team have had a massive impact showing not only the work they put in but also Riot’s willingness to accept and transform. You can (and should) read about all the initiatives and actions Angela has put into motion in this incredibly insightful blog post she wrote Riot Games One Year Later: My Reflections.In this interview with Angela we talk about a sensitive but critical topics, which include Company Culture & Diversity in gaming companies today. And just to be clear we want to not just focus on the Diversity & Inclusion topic, which many folks in the media tend to focus on. Thus during this interview we will also talk about Culture more generally and the profound impact of culture on an organisation.
Welcome to TWIG 52. 1 Year of TWIGS!This week we cover:#1. Fortnite US July revenues down 52% year-over-year#2. App revenue climbs 23% year-over-year to $21.9B in Q3#3. Blizzard's President On Making Sure Nothing Changes#4. Playable Worlds has a different mindset on engagementHit us up on Twitter: @jokim1, @ekress, @adamwtelfer, @m_katkoffLet us know which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to let us know how we can improve.Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
Today we are joined by guest host Eric Seufert who writes the really great marketing & UA focused blog: https://mobiledevmemo.com/Also check out Eric's F2P Marketing/UA site: https://quantmar.com/This week we cover:#1. The future of mobile growth teams#2, Acquisition and conversion costs threaten a mobile bust | Opinion#3. Call of Duty: Mobile is live after a troubled launch#4. Transparent Loot Boxes: CSGO in France + Rocket League Blueprints#5. Facebook announces Horizon, a VR massive-multiplayer worldHit us up on Twitter: @jokim1, @ekress, @adamwtelfer, @m_katkoff, and @eric_seufertLet us know which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to let us know how we can improve.Also hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
In this week's TWIG we are joined by Damian Kim who is Director, Head of Gaming China for Facebook.The topics we cover today include:#1. PUBG becomes first mobile battle royale to surpass $1bn revenue#2. Expectations are ‘sky high’ for Nintendo’s latest Mario mobile game, analyst says#3. Mario Kart Tour’s $4.99 monthly subscription fee is out of touch with reality#4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare expected to be US best-selling title of 2019#5. How Garena’s Free Fire competes with Fortnite and PUBG Mobile#6. Tencent will become Funcom’s largest shareholderHit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1, @adamwtelfer, & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve.Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games.
Today we are joined by guest host Lloyd Melnick who is EVP Casino at VGW and writes the fantastic blog The Business of Social Games and Casino.This week we cover:Subscriptions: The new weapon in the game monetization arsenalRockstar Games Is The Latest Company To Put Out Its Own PC Game LauncherZynga Climbs on 'Best Idea in Video Games' Nod from StephensGoogle says 'Play Pass' subscription service is coming soonNBCUniversal will shut down its game publishing businessHit us up on Twitter with any feedback or suggestions for news to cover. You can reach us at:@LloydMelnick@jokim1@ekress@adamwtelfer@m_katkoffAlso hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games!
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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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