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Just like the blog (www.deconstructoroffun.com), Deconstructor of Fun podcast dives deep into the business side of free-to-play games in search of what makes them successful - and fun. The podcast is a long-form conversation hosted by the Michail "Mishka" Katkoff, a seasoned game maker, an accidental blogger and an unexpected podcaster. If you’re interested in understanding how free-to-play games work or you're looking to buff up your learning about game design and product management, you've found your podcast!

Just like the blog (www.deconstructoroffun.com), Deconstructor of Fun podcast dives deep into the business side of free-to-play games in search of what makes them successful - and fun. The podcast is a long-form conversation hosted by the Michail "Mishka" Katkoff, a seasoned game maker, an accidental blogger and an unexpected podcaster. If you’re interested in understanding how free-to-play games work or you're looking to buff up your learning about game design and product management, you've found your podcast!
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Just like the blog (www.deconstructoroffun.com), Deconstructor of Fun podcast dives deep into the business side of free-to-play games in search of what makes them successful - and fun. The podcast is a long-form conversation hosted by the Michail "Mishka" Katkoff, a seasoned game maker, an accidental blogger and an unexpected podcaster. If you’re interested in understanding how free-to-play games work or you're looking to buff up your learning about game design and product management, you've found your podcast!

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English


Episodes

TWIG #33 Epic continues to absorb PC gaming exclusives

5/20/2019
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Epic is continuing to make big boi moves while Sony grows its subscriber base. In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Epic’s store continues to absorb PC gaming exclusives #2 Epic Games acquires Rocket League studio Psyonix #3 Zero’ chance it passes: Game analysts break down senator’s anti-loot box bill #4 Playstation Now has 700,000 users, use contributed to Sony’s Increase in Sales #5 Sony releases its 'God of War' making-of documentary on YouTube Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff,...

Duration:00:56:01

TWIG #32 Zynga, EA, Activision, Glu - how is it REALLY going in Q2

5/10/2019
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In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Zynga Inc.(ZNGA)CEO Frank Gibeau on Q1 2019 Results #2 Activision Blizzard's stock rally from earnings-fuelled price collapse? #3 Glu Mobile Earnings: Gluu stock plummeted as Q1 sales gain 18% + EA recap Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the...

Duration:00:55:31

TWIG #31 The Truth About Hypercasual Games

5/2/2019
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Apart from the truth we will also talk about crunch in the gaming industry and give our personal view on it. In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 The truth about hypercasual games #2 Apex Legends will avoid crunch #3 Google Is Banning A Play Store Developer With More Than Half A Billion App Installs Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the...

Duration:00:49:48

Why AB Tests Fail and How to Improve Them

5/1/2019
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Traditional wisdom in product management dictates the use of AB testing for product optimisation. In this episode, our very own Joseph Kim sits down with Niklas Herriger (CEO, Gondola.io) and Andre Cohen (CTO, Gondola.io) to challenge this traditional wisdom and offer alternatives to achieve even better results. Generally speaking most PMs in our industry follow the formulas for statistical significance and apply AB testing procedures without always having a full understanding of how to...

Duration:00:49:49

TWIG #30 20 Mobile Games that have made more than $1 Billion

4/25/2019
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In this episode we also discuss whether Stadia has the content to match its infrastructure. In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 PlayStation 5: Sony outlines next-gen console plans #2 Xbox: Stadia has the infrastructure, but doesn't have the content #3 20 mobile games that have made more than $1 billion Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit...

Duration:00:52:12

TWIG #29 Apple’s Giant Bet on the Future of Mobile Gaming

4/17/2019
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Also, what Zynga's CEO believes is the next big catalyst for mobile games and why Ninja paid $1M to Ninja for steaming APEX Legends In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Apple’s $500MM bet on the future of mobile gaming #2 Zynga CEO: this is the next big catalyst for mobile gaming #3 EA Paid Ninja $1 Million To Stream Apex Legends Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how...

Duration:00:40:53

TWIG #28 Lets Talk About Snapchat's Investment into Mobile Gaming

4/10/2019
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Also, we talk about what (all) went wrong with BioWare's Anthem and why APEX Legends won't dethrone Fortnite In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Snapchat Invests in Mobile Gaming With Launch of ‘Snap Games’ #2 APEX Legends Won't Dethrone Fortnite, but there's still nothing like it #3 How Kolibri went from minimum viable product to 70 million installs #4 How BioWare's Anthem Went Wrong Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to...

Duration:01:01:49

TWIG #27 Apple Arcade and Google Stadia Face Backlash

4/1/2019
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The platforms are pushing their subscription services that don't seem to be quite ready for the market nor serve a particular market need. In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 The Google Stadia Backlash Has Begun #2 Top 7 trends in mobile gaming from GDC 2019 #3 Epic announces $100 million Epic MegaGrants fund for game developers #4 Apple unveils premium games subscription service Apple Arcade #5 First Look at ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 &...

Duration:01:04:34

TWIG #26 User Acquisition and Systematic Growth with Eric Seufert

3/27/2019
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Today we talk with the famous Eric Seufert who also publishes the popular blog Mobiledevmemo and heads platformfor N3twork. Together we cover the following topics: #1. The problem with the 30% platform fee on mobile in three charts #2. High growth, low growth, no growth: systematic growth with DAU replacement #3. Using machine learning to automate mobile marketing budgets #4. What will the next generation of app stores look like? Hit us up on Twitter(@m_katkoff,@jokim1, @ekress) to let...

Duration:01:06:40

TWIG #25 Nintendo Wants to Tone Down Microtransactions on Mobile

3/12/2019
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Will Nintendo's honeymoon on mobile continue if they take their foot off the pedal? In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Apex Legends tops 50M players in first month #2 Microsoft wants Xbox Game Pass on PS4 #3 Nintendo is asking its mobile gaming partners to tone down the microtransactions Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1, @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe...

Duration:00:35:29

TWIG #24 Why APEX Legends Is Obviously Not The Next 'Fortnite'

2/27/2019
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In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 BioWare spreads out Anthem’s 90-day roadmap #2 Why'ApexLegends' Is Obviously Not The Next'Fortnite' #3 Electronic Arts: How To Destroy Shareholder Value Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1, @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. ---- Deconstructor of Fun's...

Duration:00:57:18

TWIG #23 Supercell CEO's Blog Post - Something You May Have Missed...

2/14/2019
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Supercell CEOs first ever blog post was, righteously so, extremely well received. But many of you may have missed major course changes communicated between the line... In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Activision's Plan to Cut Hundreds of Jobs #2 EEDAR 2018 Q4 Round Up #3 My most valuable retention KPIs #4 MY TAKE ON SUPERCELL’S 2018 Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how...

Duration:01:00:07

TWIG #22 Zynga proclaims ‘turnaround is now complete’

2/7/2019
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Zynga Inc. ended 2018 with faster-growing sales and bookings, and expects that trend to increase in 2019, but profit could be a problem.In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 GameStop's future in question after failing to secure buyout #2 A Free-To-Play Titanfall Battle Royale Game Will Be Out Soon #3 Zynga proclaims ‘turnaround is now complete’ as earnings show strong bookings trend Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1 @ekress) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk...

Duration:00:36:30

TWIG #21 The Big Breakup and the New Suitor

2/3/2019
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Also, Apple's new gaming subscription service. In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Destiny developer Bungie is ditching Activision after 8 years #2 Metro Exodus will only release on the Epic Store #3 Influencer plans say a lot about Epic Games Store’s vision of itself #4 Apple could be working on gaming subscription service Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can...

Duration:00:30:27

TWIG #20 Why Activision and EA have dropped over 40 percent

1/27/2019
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Also, what can be expected from Epic's Android store In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Jam City announces $145m in strategic finance #2 Epic Games store planned for launch on Android this year #3 Why Activision and EA have dropped over 40 percent Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the...

Duration:00:39:07

TWIG #19 Reviewing the Top Predictions for 2019

1/9/2019
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Experts and analysts are throwing their predictions for this year. Who is using sound analysis for their predictions and who’s just winging it? Let us tell you... In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Here's what 2019 will be like for the game biz #2 Mobile game insiders predict the biggest trends of 2019 Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the...

Duration:00:59:01

How to Turbo Charge your Ad Monetization

1/2/2019
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In this episode, I'm joined by Nadav Ashkenazy, who is the VP of Global Partnerships & Biz Dev at ironSource, a leading ad mediation and user acquisition platform with the largest in-app video network in the industry. Nadav schools me on the differences of Ad Units as well as discusses the hottest monetization trends from user level data to programmatic mediation. Most importantly though, Nadav will share the best practices on how to get the most out of your ad monetization. —— Nadav...

Duration:01:02:40

TWIG #18 Will the Epic Games Store Crush Steam?

12/14/2018
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Epic has been making moves powered by the unheard success of Fortnite. They skipped the Google's Play Store and are now planning to outplay Valve's Steam as well. In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Jam City lays off a large number of developers #2 Epic Games launching Steam competitor #3 Zynga CEO presents strategy to investors Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can...

Duration:01:20:06

TWIG #17 Who Will Become the Netflix of Games?

11/28/2018
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Google, Microsoft, EA, Sony or Valve, Nintendo are all gearing up their streaming services. Who will emerge as the winner when the big players collide? In the latest TWIG we discuss: #1 Best game subscription services of 2018 #2 PlayStation Now Rakes In $143 Million for Sony Q3 2018 #3 Microsoft unveils Project xCloud system to stream games to everything from a phone to a desktop PC - without having to buy a console #4 Pushing the limits of streaming technology Hit us up on Twitter...

Duration:00:55:12

TWIG16: Jam City + Disney = ?

11/20/2018
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Will Jam City and Disney be a Hollywood love story? In the lates TWIG we discuss: #1 Jam City signs a deal with Disney #2 Blizzard working on mobile games for all IP #4 Flaregames restructure leads to 45 layoffs Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff & @jokim1) to let us know, which news topics you want us to talk about next or more in-depth. Or to just let us know how we can improve. Also, hit the subscribe button to get notified when we deconstruct the latest news in games. And finally, please...

Duration:00:41:19