Released September 16th, 2021
Founder's Field Guide
Justin Waldron - The Future of Social Gaming
Justin Waldron is the co-founder and President of Playco. We cover how Justin sees the future of gaming as social platforms evolve, how gaming may be the next tool for content creation, and how Playco has approached aligning incentives for game creators and players.
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Blake Robbins - Investing in Gaming
Blake Robbins is a partner at Ludlow Ventures. We cover the state of the video game industry, how video game economics work, and the future of investing in e-sports and the creator economy.
Gabby Dizon - Mapping the Metaverse Economy
Gabby Dizon is the co-founder of Yield Guild Games. We cover YGG’s decentralized structure, the unit economics of its business model, and how Gabby thinks about the volatility of crypto assets when trying to build a durable, long-term business.
Ilkka Paananen - Superpowering Teams
Ilkka Paananen is the Founder and CEO of Supercell, a mobile game developer based in Finland. We cover how Supercell hires and designs teams, why they incorporate as little process as possible, and the rise of global, social games.
Matthew Ball - The Future of Media: Movies, the Metaverse, and More
Matthew Ball is the Managing Partner of Epyllion Industries and the former head of strategy at Amazon Studios. We cover the past and future of media, video games, and the metaverse.
Can Substack CEO Chris Best build a new model for journalism?
A thoughtful interview that explores the business model and economics behind Substack, and its implications for the wider media industry.
Founder Story: Mark Pincus from Zynga
A fireside chat with Zynga’s founding CEO Mark Pincus who shares the story of how the business grew to become a social gaming juggernaut.
The Metaverse Primer
A nine-part collection of essays from Matthew Ball outlining what makes up the metaverse and how it will transform the future.
The Future of Games Is Instant
A detailed look at the resurgence of instant games and some of the players competing to own this space.
Three reasons why Playco is worth $1 billion
Introduces the team and technology behind Playco and examines the size and scope of the opportunity available to it.
The players are the artists; the game is the venue
Alex Danco discusses several key trends in gaming and streaming and how a shift to cloud-based will accelerate these and grow the industry.
Gimme the Loot!
An introduction to Loot, one of many up-and-coming NFT projects where the worlds of crypto and gaming collide.
Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry
This deep-dive tells the hidden stories behind some popular games and uncovers the need to shift to a more creator-friendly model.
The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses
An excellent resource for learning the principles and frameworks required to design a game.