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Rattling the Chains is a six-week pre-election radio, podcast and video series on OAR FM. Each week, aspiring mayoral candidates will be paired for a half-hour interview discussion live from the OAR FM studio in Dunedin Community House. They will be questioned on their ideas, their influences, their values, maybe even their favourite music. And most of all, why they want to be the Mayor and wear those chains of office.
 
The inside story of The British and Irish Lions on their most famous tour; to South Africa in 1997. The British and Irish Lions' tour to South Africa in 1997 has gone down in sporting folklore. With few giving them a chance, a disparate group of characters bonded into a band of brothers to upset the reigning World Champions, inspired by a coaching team seen by many in rugby as the greatest of all time. This is the inside story of that tour; told by those who were there. Voices Presented by A ...
 
Deconstructor of Fun podcast is created by games professionals for games professionals. We explore the business side of games industry with the goal of bringing listeners content that is relevant, insightful and entertaining. The podcast has two forms​ of episodes: 1. This Week in Games (TWIG), which discusses the latest news 2. The in-depth conversations with guests from various gaming companies The podcast is a long-form conversation hosted by (Twitter): Michail "Mishka" Katkoff: @m_katkof ...
 
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Topics covered: Can Supercell Boost Beatstar Into a Major Hit Apple must allow other forms of in-app purchase, rules judge in Epic v. Apple The App Store is the Games Store. Apple should recognize this. Links: Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telf…
 
1047 Games is the developer of Splitgate, a portal-like shooter in beta that has amassed 13 million installs. And now this fully remote team of 40 up-and-coming developers has been laced up with hundred million Dollars to take grow their first game into a household name. In this episode we discuss how they achieved their amazing launch numbers afte…
 
Topics covered: 1) What’s really going on in the market at the moment? 2) Creative testing in iOS 14 3) How to produce creatives 4) Trends in creatives 5) Snap and TikTok Links: Miri Growth Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Host: Mishka Katkoff --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor…
 
Headlines: Supercell's Everdale: a Genre Definer or a Pretty-Looking Social Appointment System? Nifty Games adds $38M to its coffers for sports Clash mobile games Axie Infinity’s $1.2 Billion Annualized Revenue Overtakes Candy Crush’s 2020 Total Revenue Links: Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack…
 
The sudden rise of the weight companies put on cross-promotion is of course due to the IDFA deprecation that has to some extent further accelerated consolidation in the industry. As large publishers grow larger and operate across all the key gaming genres they are looking for tools to increase the life-time values of their large and diverse player …
 
Headlines: Apple will let developers accept payment outside App Store, in major concession amid antitrust pressure — The Washington Post Facebook Undercounted SKAdNetwork Conversions For iPhone 12 Users Since February Links: Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric K…
 
A great Art Director will make your game stand out. They will build a strong art team and inspire both the developers and the executives with their creative vision. A perfect art director is just as a important as your technical director - and one could argue that sometimes Art Director should be the first hire on the team. In this podcast we discu…
 
Headlines: New Game Releases Madden, Call of Duty Vanguard, Marvel Analyzing Riot Games’ move to mobile Liftoff and Vungle agree to merge into one mobile growth company LILA Games’ Values Links: Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seu…
 
Headlines: The Problem with VR App Annie: Mobile games on track to surpass $120B in 2021 Is app store regulation too little, too late? Links: Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/d…
 
In this podcast we're going to discuss: From Disruptor Beam to Beamable Working with Big IPs and publishers Defining Metaverse Creator Economy and NFTs Investing into Metaverse links: Jon Radoff Building the Metaverse blog Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Host: Mishka Katkoff, --- Send …
 
Headlines: Zynga’s Q2 2021 bookings of $712M are up 37% from a year ago Zynga acquires StarLark studio and Golf Rival game for $525M FIFA Ultimate Team's new Preview Packs actually boosted loot box sales, EA says Links: Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress,…
 
Headlines: Blizzard president out in wake of discrimination lawsuit and employee walkout Tencent tanks after Chinese media calls online gaming ‘opium’ as regulatory concerns mount Riot Games' mobile titles generate over $100m Links: Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff…
 
Description: A special ‘Inside the Tour' online event, in partnership with the MyName5Doddie Foundation. In this bonus podcast episode we tie the threads from those epic days of 1997 with the current 2021 British and Irish Lions Tour, in the company of an unparalleled panel of rugby royalty. Ahead of the pivotal Second Test in Cape Town, we bring t…
 
Headlines: Activision Blizzard Sued Over Frat Boy Culture, Harassment Mark in the Metaverse Tilting Point Raises $235 Million to Fuel Expansion and Acquisitions Links: Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice me…
 
Headlines: Netflix Hires Facebook Gaming Executive Mike Verdu Peloton plans to launch an in-app video game No IDFA. No Problem. Apple Can’t Kill Gaming Links: Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: ht…
 
Description: The series closes with a special tribute to one of the most popular figures on that tour; Scotland and Lions lock forward Doddie Weir. Details: After being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, Doddie has devoted his life to helping others; raising millions of pounds for research into the incurable condition and support for sufferers, …
 
How Call of Duty Mobile went from concept to soft-launch. How the game broke all the records with 135M installs during launch month. What caused the turnaround in 2021 after revenues declined post-launch. What is the future of Call of Duty Mobile and Activision Mobile as a whole? Guest: Chris Plummer, Head of Mobile at Activision Matt Lewis, VP of …
 
Description: The Great Gibbs Collision and Celebratory Duvets. Details: A week later, in Durban, after Greenwood's near-death experience in midweek, the Lions know Springbok retaliation is on the cards. Three tries to zero; this was a home banker. Wasn't it? It came down to the final minutes... Featuring Jeremy Guscott, Scott Gibbs and Neil Jenkins…
 
Headlines: WoW Disappointment, Plus Twitch, Start Mass Exodus Into Final Fantasy XIV Google expands ad targeting in mobile games amid pandemic gaming boom NoPixel and Grand Theft Auto V Links: Send us Questions and Feedback Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufe…
 
Description: "Get Up! You bald, fat f**k!" Details: Finally, the Lions arrive in Cape Town for the 1st Test Match. They devise a devastating strategy; to take on the mighty Springboks upfront. The mechanics of the scrum are dissected as the Lions seek the lead in the series... Featuring Scott Gibbs, Matt Dawson and Keith Wood. Credits: Presented an…
 
Launching a mid-core game with high production values, competitive gameplay and strong multiplayer core requires a long and thorough soft launch. I'm joined by Volkan Ediz, Chief Revenue Officer at Super Evil Megacorp, as we discuss how they've approached soft launch for their latest title Catalyst Black. What countries and platforms they chose, wh…
 
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: Drake Star Partners: Game deals surpassed $60B in the first half of 2021 Supercell's secret for growing Brawl Stars to a $1 billion success Ubisoft’s next Assassin’s Creed will be a live service game Links: Deconstructor of Fun Newsletter Deconstructor of Fun Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff…
 
Description: The Doctor's Skill and Waking Up Will. Details: An eight-week rugby tour is hard enough before considering the opponents' size and strength, not to mention opposition brutality. Injuries hit crucial Lions players at different times. At one stage, it's a matter of life and death... Featuring Dr James Robson, Will Greenwood and Doddie We…
 
According to the book No Rules Rules, Netflix's culture is ruthless - both in terms of execution and in the way they treat their employees. In this episode, Sophie Vo, Joakim Achren, and Yours Truly discuss the merits and the challenges of the Netflix culture in a games company setting. We also talk about the pitfalls many companies face as they at…
 
Description: Sir Ian McGeechan and Jim Telfer, reunited. Details: In an extraordinary reunion, the Lions' dynamic coaching double act stoke each other's memories of this epic tour. Sir Ian McGeechan and Jim Telfer set a gold-standard for man management with techniques used to this day; not just in Rugby but across sport and business. Credits: Prese…
 
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1 Duolingo filed to go public #2 Self-publishing is key to attracting VC money for mobile gaming studios #3 EA continues to spend big on mobile games with $1.4 billion Playdemic acquisition LINKS: TWIG Newsletter Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert ---…
 
Description: The Dirt-Track Guy and his Wonder-Try. Details: The uniqueness of a Lions tour is the schedule; midweek/Saturday, midweek/Saturday. The team you're on is a major clue to whether you're in the test side. It's a delicate process and divisions must be avoided, at all costs. Featuring Neil Jenkins, Will Greenwood and John Bentley. Credits:…
 
Arnd Benninghoff (EVP, Modern Times Group) and Shaun Rutland (CEO, Hutch) join the podcast to discuss MTG's corporate strategy. MTG is one of the top consolidators in the industry having acquired companies like Hutch, Inno Games, and ESL. MTG refers to their consolidation activities as "family building". Their growth strategy is founded around acqu…
 
Description: Brutal Machines and Goal-kicking Dreams Detail: After the brainstorms, team-building and pub trips, the Lions hit the training fields to prepare for the challenge of a lifetime. After all, a strategy to conquer the World Champions was required. And for the pack, that meant brutal hard work. Featuring Keith Wood, Matt Dawson and Rob Wai…
 
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1 E3 Review #2 Disney's resurgence into video games is only just beginning LINKS: TWIG Newsletter Slack Group Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/decon…
 
Description: A Lock-In with Lions, Gibbs hacks the Irons. Detail: A motley crew from four different Rugby nations gathered in Weybridge; bolters, chancers, talents and troublemakers. They bonded over assault courses and trips to the pub. This is the story of how a disparate group became a band of brothers. Featuring Matt Dawson, Doddie Weir and Fra…
 
This episode discusses idle games from all angles. Together with Rimmy Spanjer, who is the Managing Director of Games at Hyper Hippo, we cover concept validation, the development process, best monetization practices, and live services strategies in idle games. We also discuss why you should or shouldn't make an idle game and predict the future of t…
 
Description: Money's got Stash, Healey wants Cash. In the days before prevalent mobile phones, tour call-ups were made by snail-mail. Stand by for some hilarious stories of how the '97 Lions heard about selection. Then, on meeting their fellow tourists at the team hotel in Weybridge, there were strangers to meet, ’stash’ to collect and a random fil…
 
Welcome to This Week in Games! We discuss NFTs in games with Ethan Levy, who also talks about his recent Deconstructor of Fun article - How Netflix could become the 'Netflix of Gaming'. LINKS: Level Up 2021 Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/messageSuppor…
 
In this episode, I'm joined by Chris Pruett, Director of Publishing at Oculus. We discuss the latest VR hardware and the overall adaptation rate of the platform. The Oculus ecosystem and the type of content that has reached financial success on it. As well as the future of virtual and augmented reality. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.f…
 
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1 Dark Horse Comics started a gaming division #2 Valorant is coming to phones and mobile platforms #3 WWDC LINKS: Level Up 2021 Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/messageSupport this podcast: https…
 
The inside story of The British and Irish Lions on their most famous tour; to South Africa in 1997. The British and Irish Lions' tour to South Africa in 1997 has gone down in sporting folklore. With few giving them a chance, a disparate group of characters bonded into a band of brothers to upset the reigning World Champions, inspired by a coaching …
 
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1 Tim Cook faces harsh questions about the App store from Judge in Fortnite Trial #2 why Apple says Microsoft's xCloud game streaming isn't on the iPhone #3 EA Mobile LINKS: Level Up 2021 Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anc…
 
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1 Netflix Looking for Exec to Oversee a Push Into Gaming #2 Garena Free Fire - Q1 2021 Results #3 Jam City SPAC LINKS: Level Up 2021 Lilith's CEOs interview Hosts: Mishka Katkoff, Eric Kress, Adam Telfer and Eric Seufert --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/messa…
 
Zynga, Playtika, Tencent, Stillfront, Embracer, and many more are achieving fantastic growth through M&A. In many ways, acquiring gaming studios has become the norm for growth for successful gaming companies. Yet we tend to forget how volatile M&A tends to be. According to research and a recent Harvard Business Review report, the failure rate for m…
 
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1 Ubisoft's free-to-play turn could be the new normal for big franchises #2 Xbox teams up with Tencent’s Honor of Kings maker Timi Studios #3 HOW SCOPELY TRIES TO DO GAME ACQUISITIONS THE RIGHT WAY #4 Zynga Quarterly Earnings Call LINKS: Secrets of Game Growth with Deconstructor of Fun, Mobi…
 
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1 Metacore secures €150m credit line from Supercell #2 Ubisoft Reveals Free Tom Clancy’s The Division Game with Heartland #3 Zynga Buys chartboost to drive online ads, reports record quarterly revenue LINKS: Level Up 2021 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/mess…
 
Newzoo is the world's most trusted source for games and esports analytics and market research. They have a fantastic team of experts providing insights and expertise that helps developers, publishers, and platforms around the World. In this episode, we discuss Newzoo's services and dive deep into their latest cloud gaming and mobile gaming reports.…
 
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1. Respawn reveals details on Apex Legends Mobile #2. Fortnite made more than $9 billion in revenue in its first two years #3. Johanna Faries named new Call of Duty general manager LINKS: Level Up Academy Modern Mobile Marketing at Scale --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconst…
 
2020 was a monumental year for mobile gaming. Facebook's Games Marketing Insights for 2021 report provides several new and unique insights that will help you plan for the year ahead. The report dives into changing player behavior, demographics, motivations, preferences, and spending habits. To save you time, we recorded a podcast episode with Steph…
 
In this episode, we discuss iOS 14, whether Android can provide safe havens, and the future of creatives post-ATT. Check out the latest growth strategy course: ios14strategy.com code: DT50 Your hosts: Michail Katkoff (twitter) and Eric Seufert (twitter) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/messageSupport this podcast: h…
 
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1. EA announced its new Battlefield game #2. Fortnite’s Mastermind Goes to Battle With Apple #3. New Leadership for Overwatch LINKS: - LILA Games Job Opportunities: https://www.lilagames.com/jobs/ - JK's New Investment Podcast: SUPER STONK BROS: APPLOVIN IPO BREAKDOWN - Get Notified of GameM…
 
Welcome everybody to This Week In Games! News for today: #1. AppLovin Shares Fall 19% in Market Debut #2. Sony wants to bring its top PlayStation franchises to mobile #3. Multiple potential buyers interested in Square Enix reporting JK's NEW INVESTMENT PODCAST: - SUPER STONK BROS: APPLOVIN IPO BREAKDOWN SPONSOR: - Betahat: Reading the pulse of the …
 
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