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    Subway Surfers has more monthly players than League of Legends, and other new stats

    Deputy Editor Zoya Street has added another round of updates to the spreadsheet stats pages, including some data on player numbers that might surprise you. You’ll find links below to the pages where we gather benchmark data...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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    Novelty is the key to attention

    In this fantastic talk, Chelsea Howe discusses player engagement and the attention economy. How do you keep players coming back to your game for months on end? She gives a number of practical examples, alongside some design theory...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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    PvP could increase game revenue by 510%

    This post originally took a different form as a longer guest post. However, after publishing we learned that the content was largely taken from a presentation by Kongregate. We’ve changed the post to reflect the source of...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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  • Show me my friends #f2ptoolbox

    The F2P toolbox will teach you 54 of the most important and high-impact ideas in modern game design. This is one of them: make sure I feel like I’m with friends when I’m playing your game. For...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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  • How many days can you retain a player?

    I’ve been watching a number of different games take different approaches to daily rewards. Some offer a bonus for coming back. Some offer escalating bonuses. Some give you a spin of a wheel to win a prize,...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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    A comprehensive list of metrics for free-to-play games

    This is a guest post from Shyamal Dave of Mech Mocha, an independent free-to-play studio based in Ahmedabad, India. A decent number of downloads is a good head-start and a very good reason to throw a boat-party...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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    How Pocket Starships builds retention

    Deputy Editor Zoya Street recently spoke with Lars Koschin of Spectacle Games, developer of Free-to-Play mobile MMO Pocket Starships, to understand how they design games to hit the elusive ‘midcore’ sweet spot. Mid-core is a much-loved buzzword...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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