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  • Has the acquisition of Playdom created a disgruntled workforce for Disney?

    I was reading the TechCrunch report of Disney’s acquisition of Playdom and this comment leaped out at me: “The sad truth is that 90% of employees got nothing immediately from this deal. 90% of Playdom employees joined...

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  • Disney buys Playdom, but will its IPs work in social games?

    The acquisition of Playdom by Disney is all about exploiting Disney’s IP on social plafforms. But will it work? Disney has paid $563.2 million, mainly in cash, plus a $200 million earnout for Playdom. that’s a total...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • The death of the portal

    With the news that GameSpot has acquired Kongregate, I thought it was time to put forward my thoughts on why portals are vastly less relevant than they were four years ago. It’s a brief extract from How...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • How to make money from social games: Become an employee

    The goldrush is still on for social games, and employees seem to be the biggest beneficiaries. That’s the message from Vonchurch, a specialized recruited that has placed 120 candidates in social games companies since September 2009, in...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • Filesharing, copyright and my attempt to change the attitude of the music industry

    This is a lightly edited transcript of a talk I gave at the Westminster eForum on Filesharing, copyright and the digital consumer on 14th July. I was pleasantly surprised by how open the music industry seemed to...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • “One more go” doesn’t work anymore

    Game design has long had the objective of making users want “just one more go”. With more than a passing nod to the arcade business models of yesteryear, much design thought has gone into making users keep...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • My small part in Electronic Arts’s Ubisoft adventure

    Electronic Arts has decided to sell its 14.9% stake in Ubisoft. The move makes sense. At the time of EA’s purchase, Yves Guillemot said “we consider this operation as hostile”. Matching actions to his words, Ubisoft started...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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