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  • Naturalmotion sold to Zynga for $527 million, Benchmark’s successful games exits hit $2 billion

    I am so pleased with the news that NaturalMotion has sold to Zynga for $527 million. It’s a great result for the UK games investors when investors, entrepreneurs and game makers can see that you can make...

    • Posted 6 months ago
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    The end of skinner boxes

    There will always be operant conditioning driven games that will work. Ultimately, if it is going to be sustainable, developers need to look at increasing the game experience in three different areas.

    • Posted 8 months ago
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    [Gamesbriefers] Is there a good way to sunset a game?

    What do you think the impact of sunsetting games will be on consumer comfort with spending money on virtual goods. Is there a “good” way of shutting down? Is it an inevitability of online games, particularly in...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • [Gamesbriefers] Will 2013 be the year of disillusionment for mobile?

    In 2012, both F2P and mobile gaming did amazingly well, until pretty well everyone would admit that they have their upsides and are here to stay. Legions of ex-console developers have dived into mobile. How much of a...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • [Gamesbriefers] Is the energy mechanic over?

    Is energy over? Zynga uses energy as a monetisation method, and as a result, many players now see energy as a cynical money-grabbing ploy that typifies the cynical exploitation endemic in free-to-play games. Yet Boss Alien, the...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • Heroes and Zeroes–were my 2011 predictions right?

    At the London Games Conference 2011, I was asked to predict 4 heroes and four zeroes in an era of digital transition. With LGC 2012 just round the corner, where I am going to come up with...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • Zynga and Rovio: the numbers [infographic]

    This great infographic puts the numbers on Zynga and Rovio side by side. With Rovio planning an IPO next year, it is doomed to the same crisis as Zynga? Can Zynga even hope to emulate Rovio's success...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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