Pokemon Go Vision

Pokémon Go and Building Community Engagement

Posted Aug 5, 2016

Pokémon Go has been out for about a month now. Shortly after launch, we talked about the incredible planning and execution behind the initial launch of Pokémon Go. Despite some server hiccups, the game was performing strongly, was well received, and making developer Niantic and The Pokémon Company a lot of money. Then the Internet happened. Pokémon…

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Publisher Spotlight: PlayRaven

Posted Jul 22, 2016

Finland is home to many game companies. A picturesque country with stunning views and wonderful people, it’s no wonder it attracts some of the best game developers from around the world. In the capital of Helsinki, PlayRaven has made a name for itself in mobile by specializing in excellent strategy games and focusing exclusively on…

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Pokémon Go – The “Perfect” Mobile Release?

Posted Jul 7, 2016

The long awaited Pokémon game for mobile devices is finally here. People who played the original Red and Blue versions of the game on their Game Boys have long since graduated to smartphones and finally have a fix for catching them all without an additional handheld. It’s been a long time coming but developer, Niantic…

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Publisher Spotlight: Bearbit Studios

Posted Jun 17, 2016

Bearbit Studios, the developer of hit game Smashy Road: Wanted is just two brothers in Den Haag, The Netherlands. With the success of Smashy Road, it may come as a surprise that just a year and a half ago, one brother was in school making games in their free time, and the other was working at a…

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WWDC Results vs. Android’s Growing Market Share

Posted Jun 16, 2016

At Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) Monday, the company announced that the App Store has grown to 2 million apps, with 130 billion total downloads, and nearly $50 billion paid to developers. Those are incredible numbers, but what do they mean? This time last year, Apple announced 100 billion downloads, and $30 billion paid to developers. Normally…

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Encouraging F2P Engagement & Loyalty

Posted Jun 10, 2016

What exactly makes a user a loyal user? Put simply, it’s someone who keeps using one app instead of a competitor’s. That’s it. That’s really all there is to it. Obviously the more a user opens an app, the more likely they are to spend money in an app, but “likely” doesn’t mean it’s a sure…

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Slimming Down: Fighting SDK Fatigue and Bloat

Posted Jun 2, 2016

SDK fatigue is real. Short for software development kits, SDK’s allow developers to create applications and other functions in an app without having to build them from scratch and are a critical part of the mobile industry. If it’s possible, there’s probably an SDK for it. With the wealth of code and asset libraries available…

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Taking Advantage of Apple’s Shorter Approval Process

Posted May 26, 2016

Apple has always had a bit of an issue with review times in the eyes of many developers. A major inconvenience but a fact of life has been the sometimes very lengthy review process. Luckily, relief is here. Last month, Apple made some major changes to its app review policy. Now that the numbers are…

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Publisher Spotlight: DotEmu

Posted May 20, 2016

DotEmu isn’t your standard mobile games developer.  Founded in 2007 the Paris, France-based company has had a unique and noble mission – to bring classic games to a new audience. They work closely with classic games’ original developers and publishers, as well as current license holders to maintain the original spirit of those games. Having just released an updated Pang Adventures…

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Apple’s Slow Quarter is Good News for Publishers

Posted May 5, 2016

Apple’s disappointing earnings call last week has already generated a lot of discussion in the industry. For the first time in 13 years, Apple saw its revenues decline, mostly due to slower iPhone and iPad shipments. Apple’s stock prices took an appropriate and expected dip as well. The silver lining to the bad news for shareholders is that…

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