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I'm a PhD economist specializing in entrepreneurship and innovation. In my spare time I write about the economics of games and the gaming industry. You can read my academic research here:


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Posted by Matthew McCaffrey on Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:40:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Serious
Either businesses are regulated by consumers, or by government. The loot box saga has shown how one of the world's largest developers can be humbled by its customers without the “help” of politicians or new legislation.

Posted by Matthew McCaffrey on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:08:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Serious
If consumers and regulators continue their joint opposition to the industry, and if the industry fails to placate them, it won’t remain independent for long.

Posted by Matthew McCaffrey on Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:40:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Production, Serious
A new interview suggests that Valve's flat organizational structure played an important role in moving away from the Half-Life franchise.

Posted by Matthew McCaffrey on Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:24:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Production, Serious
Although Valve might seem radical, its success doesn't undermine economics; in fact, it reinforces several key insights about entrepreneurship.

Posted by Matthew McCaffrey on Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:14:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Serious, Social/Online
Sony recently provoked controversy by flagging YouTube videos that discussed the leak of No Mans Sky and how the leak might affect the release of the game. Although it has resolved the situation, Sony has been accused of censoring potential critics.

Posted by Matthew McCaffrey on Mon, 03 Oct 2016 05:23:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Production, Serious
If businesses choose to disclose sponsorships and possible conflicts of interest, it should be because theyre striving to give consumers a better deal, not because theyre abiding by arbitrary government regulations.