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Weekly Roundup, March 12, 2021
The metaverse is not “a” metaverse. It is not 3D or 2D or even necessarily graphical. It is the next generation of the Internet, built on…
The metaverse is not “a” metaverse. It is not 3D or 2D or even necessarily graphical. It is the next generation of the Internet, built on the decentralization — as originally intended.
Diversity and Inclusion in Gaming
On Clubhouse, I hosted a conversation with leaders of diverse backgrounds to learn ways we could improve the diversity of the game industry. Here’s what I’m doing.
The Legends of Live Games
I’m celebrating 10 games, one per day, for their excellence and innovation in live game services. So far, I’ve included MTG:Arena, World of Tanks, Fortnite and Warframe. Let me know if you think I ought to include your favorite example.
Observations and Reflections
Illuvium raised $5M to build a AAA game for the blockchain.
I played Loophero. Amazing game — built in GameMaker Pro!
Stellaris is going to have a boardgame that sounds awesome. I backed the Deluxe edition!
Coyote and Crow is a boardgame I backed, set in an America that was never colonized.
Leaf Mobile bought Truly Social Games. They are both customers at Beamable and I’m happy to hear about the wedding plans.
A read an article based on GameRefinery data that showed a lot of revenue-increasing social functionality brought to live games in 2020.
Some of the Bethesda games will be Xbox exclusive.
The mirror was a little too accurate on this video poking fun at Clubhouse users.
Live streaming of games will reach 728M viewers in 2021 (about 7X the Super Bowl).
Absorbed all the deep lore in Richard Kim’s write-up on social currency.
Learned about a Play 2 Earn festival in Cryptovoxels.
Read Polygon’s article on the secret to Valheim’s success. “Bring the simplicity and the player brings the complexity”
Read about 20 industries that may be disrupted by NFTs.
Real Soon Now…
I’m working on part 3 of my coverage of game economies. Next I’ll cover free-to-play economies. I’ll probably share a few sections ahead of time, so subscribe to my Medium blog to get alerted when I have more!