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I worked on a few game mods. I wrote a thesis on goldfarming. I designed and maintained a back-end management tool for an online game. I helped game teams in setting up and using in-game activity tracking. I analyzed in-game activity / player data. Currently, I'm setting up a data warehouse for a software start-up and, on the side, work with a game development studio on getting a game idea of mine done. :)

 

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Posted by Jan Pontzen on Tue, 13 Oct 2015 01:29:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Programming, Production, Indie
A guide on how to install the free version of the data warehousing system / tool "Pentaho Community Edition". Data warehouses are for making your (e.g. game) data useful, persistent, and consolidated as well as merge data from multiple sources.


Posted by Jan Pontzen on Wed, 03 Aug 2011 04:48:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Social/Online
Reasoned predictions on the economic intricacies and implications of the upcoming Diablo III auction house system.



Jan Pontzen's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 09/29/2015 - 02:22]

For Unity-based games, their tool ...

For Unity-based games, their tool Game Analytics is very helpful and integrated by default. They also recently added custom segments without any limitations. r n r nFrom personal experiences, I recently started to greatly appreciate Google Analytics with its major advantage being that you can gather a lot more interesting ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/20/2015 - 01:54]

As a single father of ...

As a single father of a 2-year-old working in games, I strongly approve of this blog post.

Comment In: [Blog - 08/01/2011 - 03:17]

In Diablo III, especially in ...

In Diablo III, especially in comparison to Diablo II, direct trading shouldn't be of an issue. Each user will have a unique identifier, e.g. Hanswurst.110 . The seller offers an item on an external site to a specified price, the purchasing user transmits the money and his ID, the seller ...

Comment In: [News - 11/30/2010 - 10:30]

It is sad to see ...

It is sad to see how several of the people commenting react to this article. It indicates an attitude of perceived cultural superiority of the Western culture towards other cultures, religious beliefs, and traditions. I welcome the efforts of the ESRA and I am eager to see to which degree ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/25/2009 - 11:30]

Real money trade is the ...

Real money trade is the consecutive performance of two one-sided transactions. First, in-game currency purchasers transfer money to the in-game currency provider. Second, a virtual representation of the seller transmits the in-game money to the buyer via in-game means. Another way to combat RMT could thus be to address how ...

Comment In: [Feature - 11/16/2010 - 04:00]

Thank you for this article ...

Thank you for this article and introduction on virtual world economics. While I agree with a large portion of your assessment, the ideal conditions for a working market you suggest do not, from my point of view, take one very important factor into account: the effect of goldfarming activities on ...