To All: I’m sure you’re all sick 🤮 of yet another 2021 recap. I am too. But you’re gonna want to check out this one. Because I’m dope, and I think about dope shit. On January 1st, your Philosophy bros Brett Nowak and I discussed what we believe were some of the biggest trends and lessons learned from last year. 1. Rise of Personal Brands (and everyone now … [Read more...] about Philosophy #11: 2021 Key Trends and Lessons Learned
To All, We had a really fun time talking about the best and worst of F2P games in 2021. There are definitely a lot of really great riffs you definitely don’t want to miss so check it out! The Best Burp of 2022 Let’s begin with what may wind up to be the best burp award for 2022 on a podcast: GameMakers Drunk Awards for 2021 Our awards crew: Javier Barnes, … [Read more...] about GameMakers 2021 Game Awards Results
Recruiting can literally be the difference between success and failure for a gaming company. Peter Thiel has remarked that a critical question he often asks start-up founders to determine whether they will ultimately succeed or not, is the following question: Why will the 20th employee at your company join your company rather than Google (or some other industry relevant … [Read more...] about Philosophy #10: How To Recruit Like A Pro
How do you deal with enemies in your life and workplace? Today, we discuss the philosophy and specific nuances behind making friends vs. enemies. Bill Walsh, the hall of fame NFL football coach, has a number of really incredible leadership and management lessons from his book “The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership.” In his book, Walsh makes a … [Read more...] about Philosophy #9: Bill Walsh | Don’t Make Enemies!
We live in a complicated world with new innovations, technologies, processes, and best practices emerging every day. As technology has become a core driver for sustainable competitive advantage, the CTO and tech leadership at companies have become increasingly critical for success. The technology leadership role, in particular, requires additional challenges relative to … [Read more...] about What Makes A Great Tech Leader or CTO!
Now this, I thought, was a rare opportunity for wisdom. I looked into the faces of 6 game studio CEOs staring back at me on Zoom. All very successful. All incredibly smart and capable. And then I asked my question: What should the responsibilities for a games studio CEO be? While I received some very similar responses, I was surprised by some of the very different … [Read more...] about How To Be A Great Games Company CEO!
How do you make difficult decisions? In the context of the gaming industry some of these kinds of decisions could include: What genre to enter with a new gameShould we launch a new game? Expand? Or just invest in our current games?What bold beat to create?Should we kill a game with mediocre KPIs?Who to hire or fire? On a personal level, very common decisions could … [Read more...] about Philosophy #8: How to Make Difficult Decisions
Looks like our first episode of “Philosophy Friday” was a hit and thanks to everyone for all of the great comments and DMs! Based on feedback, seems like many want more product management content and so we decided to expound a bit on the Peter Thiel concept of “Zero to One” vs. “1 to N” applied to game development and the product management function in this context. For … [Read more...] about Philosophy #3: 0 to 1 vs. 1 to N Product Management
I really didn’t know what to expect when I was first writing about the ethical use of data in the gaming industry: On App Annie, Alternative Data, and the SEC Completely disregarding the potential for popularity, I actually first became interested in writing on the topic because: #1. I felt some of the outrage expressed in various public and private channels was a bit … [Read more...] about Philosophy #2: On The Ethical Use of Data
In the new age of F2P gaming, a power shift has been occurring, changing game development dynamics. Key Trends: Rise of Emerging Countries: Former game development geographies better known for low-cost production and content pipelines such as China, Turkey, and Poland have now become centers of excellence and clusters for world-class talentCost Structure: Lower … [Read more...] about On Rooster Cages and Rise of The White Tiger: India F2P Games Conference
Brett Nowak, CEO of Liquid & Grit, and I believe that our industry needs more real conversations. As an experiment, we are launching a new content series called Philosophy Friday where we have informal but hopefully deep and contentious discussions about current topics related to the F2P gaming industry. Anyway, since both of us have fairly significant experience as … [Read more...] about Philosophy #1: How To Be A Great PM!