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Kliuless #26: Aligning Business Models to Markets

by Kenneth Liu on 03/08/19 01:53:00 pm   Expert Blogs   Featured Blogs

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Kliuless? Gaming Industry ICYMI #26

Hi, my name is Kenny Liu, and I work in Revenue Strategy at Riot Games. Each week I compile a gaming industry insights newsletter that I share with other Rioters, including Riot’s senior leadership. This edition is the public version that I publish broadly every week as well. Opinions are mine.

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Business & Revenue Strategy

  • Aligning Business Models to Markets: Why Shake Shack & Super Duper have great service, and what that means for tech [KL: includes Fortnite case study too]
  • Amy Hennig: "Things are clearly not working the way they used to"... â€‹Uncharted creative director says mass layoffs a red flag that AAA development must change, shift to outsourcing "feels inevitable"
  • HBR: Netflix and the Economics of Bundling
  • Epic Games sued over ‘predatory’ Llama loot boxes
  • WSJ: Nintendo to Smartphone Gamers: Don’t Spend Too Much on Us
  • Top 10 influencers account for 84% of yearly view growth, but a spot in that list is not secure year-on-year



  • Apex Legends passes 50mm players in a month
    • Related: Fortnite now has a ping system, just like Apex Legends
    • Related: "There’s not enough time to play all of these online shooters"
  • Beyond the console: Xbox leaders detail Microsoft’s gaming future, led by xCloud streaming service
    • Related: Microsoft's disc-less Xbox experiment aims to open preorders in April 2019
  • Paradox opens new California studio, Paradox Tectonic
  • SpatialOS dev Improbable is setting up its own game development studios


  • Dota Auto Chess maker hints at a mobile release
  • Activision & Newzoo Report: Betting on Billions: Unlocking the Power of Mobile Gamers
    • Related: a16z interview with Activision CEO Bobby Kotick
  • Latest Android devices now let you log into apps without requiring a password
  • Folding iPhone patent application shows how Apple might solve one problem
    • Related: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak worries company is falling behind on foldable phones


  • Apple might be developing an AR headset for iPhones
  • Quantic Foundry: Older Gamers Who Can Afford VR Tend to Care Less About the Gaming Motivations Linked to VR Adoption


  • Tencent adds "digital lock" to certain games in China
  • Podcast: Gaming regulation rectification with Niko Partners' Daniel Ahmad
  • Tencent, Kakao among shortlisted bidders for South Korean gaming firm Nexon


  • The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #6: Ultima 7
  • The story behind Dead Cells - Motion Twin
  • Valve removes rape fantasy game from Steam
    • Related: U.K. Politician Calls for Review of Steam, Controversial ‘Rape Day’ Game
  • Sid Meier at the End of History: the Philosophy and Politics of Alpha Centauri
  • Nintendo stats and salary revealed for Japan employees
  • Here are where 209 jobs were cut in Blizzard's US business
  • Vivendi sells its remaining shares in video games group Ubisoft
  • China’s biggest shopping app Taobao now offers “game companions,” gamers you can pay to play with you
  • Twitter VP Bruce Daisley: "We're killing our capacity for creativity" with emails and open plan offices

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