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Deconstructor of Fun

By Deconstructor of Fun

Deconstructor of Fun podcast dives deep into the economic side of free-to-play games in search of what makes them not only fun but also commercially successful. The podcast has two forms​ of episodes: 1. This Week in Games (TWIG), which analyses the latest news 2. The Series, which focus on one specific topic through multiple episodes. The podcast is a long-form conversation hosted by (Twitter): Michail "Mishka" Katkoff: @m_katkoff Joseph "Joe" "JK" Kim: @jokim1 Eric Kress: @ekress Adam Telfer: @adamwtelfer Listen Notes Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/deconstructoroffun/support

  1. 1.
    Product Implications of IDFA Deprecation | Andre Cohen + Niklas Herriger 10/23/2020
    44:50
  2. 2.
    TWIG #105: Unity Publishing... WTF?, Playtika Files for IPO, Among Us Blowing Up!, How Discord Won!10/20/2020
    1:01:28
  3. 3.
    How to Plan Content for Live Ops | Barak David, COO Murka; Drew Levin, Lead PM Zynga; Jeff Witt, Co-founder Storm8 and Funzio10/16/2020
    48:38
  4. 4.
    TWIG #104: Amazon Can't Win at Games, Genshin's Massive Impact, and WOW Expansion Delayed (Yawn!)10/13/2020
    47:50
  5. 5.
    Getting Hypercasual with Gamejam's CEO, Christian Calderon10/08/2020
    1:01:14
  6. 6.
    TWIG #103: Roblox To Go Public, Among Us Drives Discord Usage, Cyberpunk Crunch10/06/2020
    47:38
  7. 7.
    How to Grow and Prosper like the King 10/01/2020
    45:23
  8. 8.
    TWIG #102: Epic vs. Apple UPDATE!. Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime Starts Dreamhaven, Playco $1B Valuation, and Amazon's Luna Cloud Gaming Service09/29/2020
    50:42
  1. 9.
    TWIG #101: New Call of Duty Warzone Mobile, Micro$oft Acquires Bethesda, Stillfront Acquires Nanobit, and Sony vs. Microsoft Nextgen Wars09/23/2020
    1:28:21
  2. 10.
    Unity's IPO | Growth, Risks, and Valuation!09/18/2020
    47:01
  3. 11.
    Genre & Great Games with Facebook Gaming and Game Refinery09/16/2020
    54:49
  4. 12.
    TWIG #100: Lessons, Biggest News, and The Future!09/14/2020
    52:30
  5. 13.
    Writing for Games Done Right! | With Susan O'Connor (Tomb Raider, Bioshock, Far Cry 2)09/12/2020
    54:07
  6. 14.
    Launching and Scaling a Mid-Core Game in 202009/09/2020
    58:24
  7. 15.
    TWIG #99: Epic's Plans for World Domination, India bans PUBG Mobile, New Switch Coming 2021, and Ubisoft: PS5 Not Backwards Compatible with PS3 and Lower09/07/2020
    52:22
  8. 16.
    Making a Hit Mobile Match-3 Game | GenJoy's David vs. Goliath Story09/04/2020
    46:06
  9. 17.
    Epic Lawsuit vs Apple & Google | Expert Legal Opinion09/03/2020
    41:55
  10. 18.
    TWIG #98: Facebook Abandoned IDFA, Unity IPO, COD Cold War $70, Risks of Market Research08/31/2020
    56:44
  11. 19.
    Rant-cast: Eric Kress Unchained | IDFA Apocalypse, Why Tech Companies Fail at Games, Geopolitical Shenanigans08/29/2020
    57:06
  12. 20.
    IDFA - What You Need to do Yesterday08/25/2020
    1:30:19
  13. 21.
    TWIG 97: Amazon Sucks at Games, Take-Two Acquires Playdots, Tencent Stake in Voodoo, Game Creators Burned Out08/24/2020
    58:08
  14. 22.
    Starting a New Game Studio | 3 CEOs Who Raised Millions Talk Funding!08/21/2020
    1:08:22
  15. 23.
    TWIG #96: Next-Gen State of Industry, Apple/Epic Can't Lose!, and Wildlife Scores $120M08/17/2020
    54:46
  16. 24.
    How to Build the Amazon of Game Companies! 08/14/2020
    1:11:24
  17. 25.
    TWIG #95: Apple Blocks xCloud and Stadia, Zynga Acquires Rollic for $168M, and Why Indies Struggle on Switch eShop!08/10/2020
    48:07
  18. 26.
    UA Coffee Talk: Mobile Marketing for Card Games08/07/2020
    54:26
  19. 27.
    TWIG #94: Halo Infinite, EA Best June Quarter in History, and Blizzard Shows off Diablo Immortal08/04/2020
    53:42
  20. 28.
    Genre-Defining Gaming Studios - with Michail ‘Mishka’ Katkoff07/30/2020
    30:23
  21. 29.
    TWIG #93: Ragnarok of M&A (from IDFA Deprecation), RPG Personas Debate!, Over 1/2 of Kids Playing Roblox, Microsoft Showcase07/28/2020
    1:06:31
  22. 30.
    The Economy of the Metaverse | Tim Sweeney CEO of Epic Games!07/27/2020
    48:20
  23. 31.
    Game Industry M&A Outlook | Who's Buying, Who Will Be Acquired Next?07/23/2020
    1:05:39
  24. 32.
    TWIG #92: Microsoft xCloud Launch, China Removes Supercell's HayDay + 2.5K other games, Glu Reloads for Acquisitions07/21/2020
    49:47
  25. 33.
    IDFA - Everything You Ought to Know with Eric Seufert & Yevgeny Peres07/15/2020
    1:28:22
  26. 34.
    TWIG #91: Sony Invests $250M in Epic Games, Why Tencent is Buying Leyou (aka Le-YOWWW!), Mobile Games Broke Records in Q2, Ubisoft Event!07/13/2020
    1:02:07
  27. 35.
    Sharing the Secrets: How Ludia Successfully Re-targets and Re-engages its Players07/10/2020
    46:48
  28. 36.
    TWIG #90: PUBG Mobile Doubles LT Rev to $3B, Apple Arcade Strategy Shift, and Amazon and Google Bad at Games!07/06/2020
    1:00:09
  29. 37.
    Online Services for Multiplayer PVP Games | Pragma.gg07/03/2020
    1:06:33
  30. 38.
    TWIG #89 metoo and Abuse in the Industry, IDFA Apocalypse, AAA Unsustainable, Nintendo Chills?, Pokemon Unite! And More!06/29/2020
    1:12:08
  31. 39.
    UA Coffee Talk: Death of Performance Marketing- The Debate!06/26/2020
    48:40
  32. 40.
    TWIG #88: Microsoft Shutting Down Mixer -> Facebook Gaming, EA Game Slate, Apple Platform Fees, & Epic Offering $750M at $17B Valuation06/23/2020
    44:53
  33. 41.
    UA Coffee Talk: The Changing UA Marketing Role!06/19/2020
    45:01
  34. 42.
    TWIG #87: Activision and Selena Gomez Trademark/IP Claims in Games, Valorant Performance, Amazon of Gaming Companies06/15/2020
    46:15
  35. 43.
    Data Science in Game Studios | Ft. Tilting Point's Andre Cohen06/12/2020
    45:48
  36. 44.
    TWIG #86: More Zynga Acquires Peak, Glu Prices Public Offering, and UA Deep-Dive06/08/2020
    1:01:11
  37. 45.
    Ad Creatives Framework: Optimization Deep Dive (Matej Lancaric)06/06/2020
    1:13:19
  38. 46.
    TWIG #84: Zynga acquires Peak and the team cuts through PR nonsense06/01/2020
    53:55
  39. 47.
    UA Coffee Talk: Mobile Marketing Under Crisis!05/29/2020
    40:48
  40. 48.
    Creative Trends for the Mobile Gaming Industry with Steven Chard, CEO of Luna Labs05/27/2020
    45:31
  41. 49.
    TWIG #83: Amazon's Attempt at LOL Shooter, Ubisoft Sues Apple/Google over Siege Clone, Future of Game Conferences05/25/2020
    45:38
  42. 50.
    Manticore: The Next Big Creator Platform? Founders Frederic Descamps and Jordan Maynard05/21/2020
    48:52
  43. 51.
    TWIG #82: Supercell vs. AppLovin: Clash of Cultures! Lessons vs. Legacy05/18/2020
    59:07
  44. 52.
    TWIG #81: Supercell | 10 Years of Excellence05/13/2020
    57:32
  45. 53.
    Your Analytics Are Not Even Scratching the Surface 05/10/2020
    1:06:30
  46. 54.
    TWIG #80: XBOX Game Pass 10M Subs, Super Evil Announces Catalyst Black, XBOX Series X - Games Could Be Delayed!05/05/2020
    46:47
  47. 55.
    Social Casino 2020 | Genre Outlook04/30/2020
    49:13
  48. 56.
    TWIG #79: Supercell Battle Pass Talk, Three Questions to Level Up Battle Pass, Travis Scott Fortnite, and Epic Gives In to Google!04/27/2020
    59:25
  49. 57.
    Survive and Thrive: Demiurge Studios and Marvel Puzzle Quest (> $100M Revenue)04/24/2020
    33:04
  50. 58.
    TWIG #78: Facebook Takes on Twitch, Valve Success?, PS5 Limited Release, Is Fortnite the next Metaverse?04/22/2020
    45:41
  51. 59.
    Biggest Lessons from Gaming with Jori Pearsall (ex Scopely, GREE, Google)04/20/2020
    46:52
  52. 60.
    After Crisis: Games & Life In a Post COVID-19 World04/16/2020
    55:58
  53. 61.
    Improve Marketability, Save Millions04/14/2020
    46:11
  54. 62.
    Markets #2: Latin America | With Jam City and Lockwood Publishing04/10/2020
    1:11:38
  55. 63.
    Impact of Coronavirus on Mobile with App Annie04/08/2020
    46:54
  56. 64.
    TWIG #77: Riot's Teamfight Tactics Surpasses 4.5M on Mobile, Amazon Enters Gaming, XBOX Series X, The Kick-Ass Founding Team04/07/2020
    1:00:34
  57. 65.
    Secrets to ROBLOX's Success! | Matt Curtis VP Developer Relations04/03/2020
    38:16
  58. 66.
    TWIG #76: Epic Games Publishing!, CPI Decline Benefits Mobile Game Companies, and Forte x Blockchain04/01/2020
    40:48
  59. 67.
    Managing Marketing Spend Through a Recession (and Depression) with Eric Seufert and Brian Murphy03/31/2020
    52:49
  60. 68.
    Might & Magic Chess Royale | Lead Game Designer Damien Yvray (Ubisoft Paris Mobile)03/26/2020
    29:48
  61. 69.
    TWIG #75: Supercell's Hay Day Pop, Scopely Raises Another $200M, Tencent $$$03/24/2020
    1:00:09
  62. 70.
    TWIG #74: Coronavirus Impact on Gaming!, China Game Approvals, Exclusives Ending?, and COD Warzone going Nutz!03/19/2020
    53:49
  63. 71.
    Elite Game Developers vs. Deconstructor of Fun03/17/2020
    1:11:11
  64. 72.
    TWIG #73: Riot's Valorant Monetization, iOS Games in China Require License, and MZ's Crystalborne03/11/2020
    36:04
  65. 73.
    Stillfront Acquires Storm8 For $300M | Talk with COO Alexis Bonte03/09/2020
    38:01
  66. 74.
    TWIG #72: Why GDC Canceled, Word! Games, EPIC Calls Out SuperData Fortnite Figures, and Roblox Raises $150M03/03/2020
    33:38
  67. 75.
    TWIG #71: Fortnite Chapter 2, Facebook VTA, Bethesda Pulls Out of GeForce Now, and Call of Duty Battle Royale02/26/2020
    48:09
  68. 76.
    TWIG #70: Supercell CEO "My Take On 2019", Unity IPO, Tim Sweeney, and Rovio Tumbles02/20/2020
    1:02:41
  69. 77.
    3 HUGE Changes Coming to Unity | Implications for PMs and Execs02/17/2020
    19:55
  70. 78.
    Roblox Approach to Kids Safety with Laura Higgens Head of Digital Civility02/14/2020
    26:00
  71. 79.
    Markets #1: Japan | With Dr. Serkan Toto02/13/2020
    1:12:15
  72. 80.
    TWIG 69: Elodie Games Raises $5M, Microsoft Delusional on Cloud, Call of Duty Players Spend More After Season Pass and Loot Boxes Removed02/10/2020
    50:28
  73. 81.
    TWIG 68: Bytedance Takes on Tencent, Nintendo Mobile Hit $1B, EA $1B on MTX, Garena Acquires Dauntless, Ubi Acquires Kolibri02/06/2020
    1:04:48
  74. 82.
    State of Mobile 2020 with AppAnnie - Mobile Gaming Health, Trends, and Top Games from 201901/29/2020
    53:15
  75. 83.
    TWIG 67: M&A Mania! FoxNext, Storm8, and Funcom Oh My!!!01/27/2020
    33:12
  76. 84.
    UA Coffee Talk: All About LTV01/23/2020
    33:37
  77. 85.
    TWIG 66: Game Over for GameStop, Might & Magic Chess Royale, Epic Games Store Disappointment and a Ton of Updates01/20/2020
    33:57
  78. 86.
    TWIG 65: The Steam Shit Sandwich, Miniclip Acquires Ilyon, XBOX Series X No Exclusives, and New Playstation Exec!01/13/2020
    46:20
  79. 87.
    TWIG 64: New Switch, Vince Zampella Leads EA DICE LA, Google Buys Typhoon Studio for Stadia, and Top Soft Launch Games!01/08/2020
    50:12
  80. 88.
    TWIG #63: 2019 Year in Review - The Biggest Games, Winners, Losers, and Trends!12/31/2019
    1:03:16
  81. 89.
    TWIG #62: Kongregate's Acquisition Strategy, Roblox's Biggest Games of All Time, and Riot's New Publishing Label12/23/2019
    48:28
  82. 90.
    UAC #1: Ad Creatives Optimization | User Acquisition Coffee Talk12/19/2019
    35:58
  83. 91.
    TWIG #61: Why D7 ROAS May Be Bad, What's Next After Facebook VO, and Updates on New XBOX!12/16/2019
    57:24
  84. 92.
    TWIG #60: Bunch Video Chat for Mobile (We Talk with CEO and Head of BD) and Wildlife Valued at $1.3B!12/11/2019
    1:17:25
  85. 93.
    Kolibri's Approach to New Game Development | Secrets to the Success of Idle Miner Tycoon12/09/2019
    28:38
  86. 94.
    TWIG #59: Top 1% of Publishers Drive 80% of Downloads (or not?) and Why NPS Sucks!12/03/2019
    52:17
  87. 95.
    TWIG #58: $40M Raise for N3twork - Should We Be Worried? and Tencent's Timi Studio Expanding West - Not A Level Playing Field!11/26/2019
    27:40
  88. 96.
    TWIG #57: Ninja/Shroud No Impact on Twitch, Epic Games Launcher, & Stadia Flop City11/19/2019
    46:42
  89. 97.
    TWIG #56: DECA Games Buys 4 Games from GREE and Super Evil Megacorp Hands Vainglory to Rogue Games11/14/2019
    54:07
  90. 98.
    TWIG #55: Scopely Raises $200M and Zynga Has Record Blow-out Quarter!11/04/2019
    1:03:20
  91. 99.
    Apple Arcade: Service Analysis and Future Prospects10/31/2019
    50:00
  92. 100.
    TWIG #54: Ghost Recon Breakpoint's Spectacular Bomb and Google Stadia Update!10/28/2019
    41:21
  93. 101.
    TWIG #53: Challenging Riot's Paul Bellezza on Riot's Massive New Game Slate Announcement!10/24/2019
    1:20:01
  94. 102.
    How to Transform Company Culture | Riot 1 Year Later with Angela Roseboro, Chief Diversity Officer @ Riot10/19/2019
    1:03:13
  95. 103.
    TWIG #52: Deconstructing Blizzard President's Interview10/14/2019
    50:30
  96. 104.
    TWIG #51: Future of Mobile Growth Teams, UA Mobile Bust, and Call of Duty Mobile!10/07/2019
    1:03:13
  97. 105.
    TWIG #50: PUBG Mobile, Mario Kart Tour, and Call of Duty Oh My!10/02/2019
    57:55
  98. 106.
    TWIG #49: Subscriptions The New Weapon in Game Monetization and NBCUniversal Shuts Down Game Publishing09/23/2019
    1:11:55
  99. 107.
    How to Prepare for Your Next Job | Protecting Yourself as an Employee09/19/2019
    1:03:17
  100. 108.
    TWIG #48: The Glory Days of Social Casino Are Over!09/17/2019
    38:30
  101. 109.
    TWIG #47: League of Legends Mobile Game and Telltale's Controversial Revival09/17/2019
    50:05
  102. 110.
    TWIG #46: Supercell Soft Launches New Game Rush Wars (and more Archero!)09/05/2019
    59:41
  103. 111.
    How Archero Shot to the Top ft. Joe Kim, Abhimanyu Kumar, Florian Ziegler, and Eva Grillova 09/02/2019
    47:02
  104. 112.
    TWIG #45: Respawn CEO apologizes for devs & Sony Acquires Insomniac08/27/2019
    44:16
  105. 113.
    Mobile Publishing #4: Super Scale With No Strings Attached with Ivan Trancik08/26/2019
    1:46:12
  106. 114.
    TWIG #44: Tencent doubling down on Season Pass, Ninja Jumps to Mixer!08/24/2019
    1:02:23
  107. 115.
    Mobile Publishing #3: Former Publishing CEO Spills the Beans with Klaas Kersting08/18/2019
    1:00:33
  108. 116.
    Mobile Publishing #2: Behind Tilting Point's $132M War Chest with President Samir El Agili08/12/2019
    1:13:05
  109. 117.
    Mobile Publishing #1: Deconstructing Scopely's path to $1B with Co-CEO Javier Ferreira08/06/2019
    1:22:24
  110. 118.
    TWIG #43: EA, Ubisoft, Zynga, and Glu Earnings Recap and Outlook!08/05/2019
    53:25
  111. 119.
    TWIG #42: Disney Should Buy This Games Company...07/30/2019
    42:28
  112. 120.
    TWIG #41: Exploitative Game Publishing Deals and Tinder Bypasses Play Store!07/23/2019
    1:00:32
  113. 121.
    TWIG #40: Subscriptions Are The Future of App Monetisation07/16/2019
    1:07:02
  114. 122.
    TWIG #39: Google Stadia, Game Over???07/09/2019
    46:57
  115. 123.
    TWIG #38: "EA Needs Mobile Gaming Help"07/01/2019
    1:06:23
  116. 124.
    TWIG #37: Inside The Esports Bubble06/28/2019
    1:04:52
  117. 125.
    TWIG #36: The E3 Recap & Rumours06/20/2019
    34:47
  118. 126.
    TWIG #35 Why the King's CEO is Stepping Down06/04/2019
    43:50
  119. 127.
    "I lost my job. What next?" with Joseph Kim05/31/2019
    52:30
  120. 128.
    TWIG #34: Mario Kart and League of Legends Rush Into Mobile05/29/2019
    55:58
  121. 129.
    TWIG #33 Epic continues to absorb PC gaming exclusives05/20/2019
    56:01
  122. 130.
    TWIG #32 Zynga, EA, Activision, Glu - how is it REALLY going in Q205/10/2019
    55:31
  123. 131.
    TWIG #31 The Truth About Hypercasual Games05/02/2019
    49:48
  124. 132.
    Why AB Tests Fail and How to Improve Them05/01/2019
    49:49
  125. 133.
    TWIG #30 20 Mobile Games that have made more than $1 Billion04/25/2019
    52:12
  126. 134.
    TWIG #29 Apple’s Giant Bet on the Future of Mobile Gaming04/17/2019
    40:53
  127. 135.
    TWIG #28 Lets Talk About Snapchat's Investment into Mobile Gaming04/10/2019
    1:01:49
  128. 136.
    TWIG #27 Apple Arcade and Google Stadia Face Backlash04/01/2019
    1:04:34
  129. 137.
    TWIG #26 User Acquisition and Systematic Growth with Eric Seufert03/27/2019
    1:06:40
  130. 138.
    TWIG #25 Nintendo Wants to Tone Down Microtransactions on Mobile03/12/2019
    35:29
  131. 139.
    TWIG #24 Why APEX Legends Is Obviously Not The Next 'Fortnite'02/27/2019
    57:18
  132. 140.
    TWIG #23 Supercell CEO's Blog Post - Something You May Have Missed...02/14/2019
    1:00:07
  133. 141.
    TWIG #22 Zynga proclaims ‘turnaround is now complete’ 02/07/2019
    36:30
  134. 142.
    TWIG #21 The Big Breakup and the New Suitor 02/03/2019
    30:27
  135. 143.
    TWIG #20 Why Activision and EA have dropped over 40 percent01/27/2019
    39:07
  136. 144.
    TWIG #19 Reviewing the Top Predictions for 201901/09/2019
    59:01
  137. 145.
    How to Turbo Charge your Ad Monetization 01/02/2019
    1:02:40
  138. 146.
    TWIG #18 Will the Epic Games Store Crush Steam?12/14/2018
    1:20:06
  139. 147.
    TWIG #17 Who Will Become the Netflix of Games?11/28/2018
    55:12
  140. 148.
    TWIG16: Jam City + Disney = ?11/20/2018
    41:19
  141. 149.
    TWIG #15 Diablo on Mobile - a Sure Hit or a Giant Miss?11/08/2018
    44:22
  142. 150.
    TWIG #14 Deconstructing Glu Mobile's New Strategy10/25/2018
    44:50
  143. 151.
    TWIG #13 Should Ubisoft Acquire Zynga?10/17/2018
    24:39
  144. 152.
    TWIG #12 Who Will Buy Zynga10/11/2018
    44:37
  145. 153.
    TWIG #11 Nintendo vs. Zynga10/05/2018
    46:06
  146. 154.
    TWIG #10 Deconstructing the Fall of Telltale Games09/26/2018
    48:54
  147. 155.
    TWIG #9 The Present and the Future of Esports09/20/2018
    55:29
  148. 156.
    TWIG #9 The Present and the Future of Esports09/19/2018
    55:29
  149. 157.
    TWIG #8: Fortnite’s Day in the Sun May Be Over09/11/2018
    50:33
  150. 158.
    TWIG #7: Supercell's Brawl Stars Releases Globally After All?09/04/2018
    53:10
  151. 159.
    Deconstructing Sexism in Games Industry 08/23/2018
    1:22:16
  152. 160.
    TWIG #6 - Will Esports Save Clash Royale?08/21/2018
    38:33
  153. 161.
    TWIG #508/14/2018
    39:09
  154. 162.
    TWIG #408/08/2018
    37:26
  155. 163.
    TWIG #308/02/2018
    38:43
  156. 164.
    TWIG #207/24/2018
    39:23
  157. 165.
    This Week in Games #107/17/2018
    29:08
  158. 166.
    Working With BIG Entertainment IPs on Mobile07/16/2018
    47:28
  159. 167.
    Battle Royale Games - Everything You Ought To Know05/02/2018
    1:01:21
  160. 168.
    Influencer Marketing - What You Need to Know Right Now03/13/2018
    45:51
  161. 169.
    Leading and Managing Game Designers11/06/2017
    59:37
  162. 170.
    Mobile Publishing - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly07/11/2017
    43:32

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