What I read last summer

My reading list has been delayed by a chaotic summer. A lot of holidays, which was good, but also a surge of 18" of sewage that flooded through my kitchen on the morning of Brexit day, leading me to move out into temporary accommodation which…

Splash Damage bought by dodgy Chinese chicken farmer?

The Financial Times has a marvellous article on what it calls “a strong contender for the weirdest deal of 2016”, the acquistion by Leyou, a Chinese poultry farmer, of Splash Damage, the Bromley, UK-based developer of Wolfenstein, Enemy Territory and Brink, for $150 million. Not…

Our next F2P Masterclass – London, September 15th

GAMESbrief is pleased to announce that our next Business Masterclass will be held in London, UK, on September 15th 2016. The GAMESbrief Business Masterclass is the most trusted F2P business training in the industry. We’ve held classes in-house for dozens of the world’s top developers…

How one developer sold a “no cheating” pledge for $35

Gamasutra alerted me to this marvellous piece of DLC: a $35 “no-hint pledge” certificate. Yes, that’s right. One game developer, Zarfhome Software, is selling its game, Hadean Lands, for $12 and alongside it, it is selling a pdf that you can print out and sign,…

What I read in May–Nicholas Lovell

These were the articles and books that grabbed my interest over the last month. I would welcome feedback on the list, and how to make it more useful to you.   Internet and business A Pyramid of Pivots, the five layers of possible pivot (customer,…

Introducing GAMESbrief’s 100% money-back guarantee

Since we started running F2P Game Design Masterclasses several years ago, GAMESbrief has become the world’s most trusted training resource for companies seeking success in F2P. Over many dozens of classes and many hundreds of attendees, we’ve helped many of the industry’s top companies to…

Sign up now for the Brighton Masterclass this July!

After the success of recent GAMESbrief F2P Design Masterclasses in London and San Francisco, we’re happy to announce that we’ll be returning to Brighton, UK, to host a Masterclass ahead of the Develop conference this July. These full-day, intensive classes are a great opportunity to…

What timezone should you calculate your DAUs in?

A reader just asked this question on one of GAMESbrief’s stats pages:   “Any advice on the optimal timezone to use when calculating DAU? Is UTC standard? If you have a 60/40 breakdown of customers between US and Europe – are you better off calculating…

What I read in April–Nicholas Lovell

Hello,   I’m trying a new idea of listing the articles and books that I found interesting in April. If you think this is a good initiative, perhaps you can let me know in the comments or by replying to the email, so I know…