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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 #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

Diablo on Mobile - a Sure Hit or a Giant Miss?

11/8/2018
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Also, the fall of Next Games and the surging "Call of Duty Royale" In the lates TWIG we discuss: #1 Next Games Q3 Business Review #2 Blizzard Wasn't Expecting Fans To Be This Angry #3 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 could be a Fortnite killer In this episode, Joseph and I are joined by Eric Kress, Principal at Gossamer Consulting Group. 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:00:44:22

TWIG #14 Deconstructing Glu Mobile's New Strategy

10/25/2018
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How does 2019 look for Glu? In the lates TWIG we discuss: #1 Glu Mobile redesigns its headquarters and its strategy #2 Why Glu Mobile Inc. Stock Plunged Today In this episode, Joseph and I are joined by Eric Kress, Principal at Gossamer Consulting Group. Together we aim to answer whether Glu is set for success with its new strategy or not. 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...

Duration:00:44:50

TWIG #13 Should Ubisoft Acquire Zynga?

10/17/2018
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Could Ubisoft be the one for Zynga? In the lates TWIG we discuss: #1 Ubisoft Could Unlock a Game Changer With Zynga We also have a returning guest, Mr. Eric Kress, Principal at Gossamer Consulting Group. Eric has held high roles in corporate strategy, capital markets research, business development, investment banking and marketing. Eric has and is helping companies like Google, FunPlus. Sega, Kabam and EA when it comes to M&As and corporate development.

Duration:00:24:39

TWIG #12 Who Will Buy Zynga

10/11/2018
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Report: Zynga attracts takeover interest In this episode, Joseph and I are joined by Eric Kress, Principal at Gossamer Consulting Group. Together we aim to answer who could be Zynga's potential new dancing partner and why. 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...

Duration:00:44:37

TWIG #11 Nintendo vs. Zynga

10/5/2018
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Will the Zynga's steady incline beat Nintendo's sporadic growth in the long term? News Deconstructed in this Episode: #1 42% of Gamers Now Use Mobile as Their Main Gaming Platform #2 Zynga Is Well Positioned In The Favorable Video Game Market #3 Nintendo Bets on Dragons in First Built-From-Scratch Mobile Game 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:00:46:06

TWIG #10 Deconstructing the Fall of Telltale Games

9/26/2018
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The four reasons why Telltale Games shut down. News Deconstructed in this Episode: #1 Telltale hit with devastating layoffs #2 How do you evaluate a mobile game's profit potential? #3 From the world's top Clash of Clans player to game dev Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @heinider) 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:00:48:54

(REMASTERED) TWIG #9 The Present and the Future of Esports

9/20/2018
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Everything you need to know about esports as of today. News Deconstructed in this Episode: #1 Teen influencers are making thousands from gaming #2 Activision Blizzard Management Talks Esports #3 Overwatch League Can Bring in $480M for Activision #4 Is the future of esports in your pocket? Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @heinider) 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:00:55:29

TWIG #9 The Present and the Future of Esports

9/19/2018
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Everything you need to know about esports as of today. News Deconstructed in this Episode: #1 Teen influencers are making thousands from gaming #2 Activision Blizzard Management Talks Esports #3 Overwatch League Can Bring in $480M for Activision #4 Is the future of esports in your pocket? Hit us up on Twitter (@m_katkoff, @jokim1 & @heinider) 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.

Duration:00:01:26

TWIG #8: Fortnite’s Day in the Sun May Be Over

9/11/2018
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This Week In Games: #1 Super Mario Creator Warns Gaming Industry: Don’t Be Too Greedy #2 Influencers and Community Revolt Against Marvel Strike Force #3 Epic Games named the World’s top Mobile Games Company #4 Fortnite’s Day in the Sun May Be Over 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...

Duration:00:50:33