According to Facebook and the press, Facebook gaming is booming. Headlines from the media indicate: Wired: "Facebook gaming thrives" The Next Web: "last three months of game revenue are a record" c|net: "Facebook's games business stronger than ever" Wall Street Journal: "Facebook Racks Up Record Games Revenue" Facebook CFO David Ebersman: "Q1 represented our largest … [Read more...] about What’s really going on with Facebook gaming?
In 1983, a small group of entrepreneurs was hard at work creating a company that would define a new age of digital entertainment. This new company was built to fulfill a vision by founder Trip Hawkins to help enable and distribute products built by a new class of entrepreneur: the "software artist." The company was Electronic Arts. Here is the vision defined by Hawkins (the … [Read more...] about Emergence of the “Software Artist”
Guys, it's not 2011: The world does not need another card battle game. Cruising around at the latest Pocket Gamer event last night, within 1 hour I randomly bumped into different folks from 3 different companies launching 4 card battle games. I know of at least 2 active RFPs for card battle and I also know of at least 3 others in the works as well. These are just the ones I … [Read more...] about The World Doesn’t Need Another Card Battle Game (Gamasutra)
It's too difficult to build an A-class mobile game development company here in Silicon Valley: Extremely good mobile game talent is too spread out Salaries are way too high Anecdotally, I have more than a few friends here in Silicon Valley whose companies have had open reqs for mobile game developers especially server side developers for over 6 months. On top of that, … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley Mobile Game Companies Can’t Compete
History and Context: In the winter of 2008, I launched my first game: it was a social game on Facebook and MySpace called League of Heroes. At the time, Mob Wars and Friends for Sale had just recently launched and Mafia Wars by Zynga and Mobsters by Playdom were just launching. As many of you probably know, Mafia Wars/Mobsters were just direct rips of Mob Wars... what I will … [Read more...] about The “+1” Mobile Game Design Strategy (Gamasutra)