10th August 2010 by Thomas
Last month in Munich I spoke about social games, common myths about them and the relative truth for each of them. While we have been working on social games projects for a while, we aren’t as familiar with this part of the industry as we are with the MMO space, for instance. Researching for this lecture was a lot of fun and a learning experience.
Because of the evolving nature of the social games, we are still at the very beginning of the story, and I expect the presentation to get outdated very quickly.
I had the opportunity to talk to people working at the biggest social games development studios during the process, and a lot of the content here comes from those discussions (which were full of hopes as well as frustrations). Here it is for you to read:
Which myth have I missed? What did you believe about social games that wasn’t true in the end?
26th July 2010 by Thomas
On Tuesday 13th of July, I presented my lecture “Games as a service, do you really know what it means?” at the Develop in Brighton conference. While I have changed the slides a bit for the event, the content was essentially the same as when I presented it in Seattle for the LOGIN conference, and you can find the presentation on slideshare.
The really good news is that Dan Hon did a great write up of my presentation (something I meant to do for a while but never took the proper time to do) and you can find it on his blog:
23rd July 2010 by Martin
When on Friday, July 9th 2010, more than 100 visitors listened to the opening panel of the Community Manager Conference in Leipzig, it was possible to see the excitement in their faces from my chair next to the other panel members. Excitement possibly coming from the opening speech just a few minutes ago and either seeing a lot of familiar faces in the audience or being new to the field and expecting to take away a lot of useful tips.
The opening speech made it very clear. Asking the audience ‘What is Community Management?’ brought it straight to the point why a Community Manager Conference does make sense. It’s by far not the very first time I saw this question being raised and everyone giving a different answer. The first time was years ago and still not much seems to have changed. No wonder then that the audience got excited hoping to know the answer by the end of the day. This, on the other hand, would have been a wonder. Nonetheless, the CMC proved to be a stepping stone for many who are now hoping to be able to visit similar events in the future – and maybe one day be able to answer this question without second thoughts and hesitation.
Tags: CMC, Community, community management, Community Manager Conference, Conference, Definition, Game Industry, Games Convention Online, GCO, Leipzig, Panel, Personal Development, Speaker, Speech, Two Pi
6th July 2010 by Martin
Last week I travelled to Berlin for a quick stop before heading to Leipzig for the Community Manager Conference. The event takes place on Friday, the 9th of July, at this year’s Games Convention Online and will be a great opportunity for Community Managers to share their ideas, attend interesting talks and discuss important topics in panels and workshops.
As you can tell from the latest schedule, I’ll be the moderator of a panel discussion with the catchy title “Media isn’t social – People are!” at 3:15pm in Room 10. I am sure you get the social media reference in it, but why a title like this, you may ask?
16th April 2010 by Thomas
Spring is always a busy period as far conferences and events are concerned. And the calendar this year happened in a way that the week of the 25th of April see no less than the 3 events collides in terms of dates:
- The Nordic Game conference will take place in Malmö (Sweden) from the 27 to the 30th of April
- Quo Vadis will take place in Berlin (Germany) from the 27th to the 29th of April
- The first iteration of the Webgame Conference will be on the 29th of Paril, in paris (France)
All of them I wanted to attend to, for different reasons, but that is obviously not possible. Read the rest of this entry »
27th February 2010 by Thomas
Like every year, Diane and I will be in San Francisco for the Game Developer Conference from the 9th to the 13th of March. We’ll be there the whole week, so please contact us if you’d like to meet up.
Jen will be at SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX from the 12th to the 16th of March, so you can talk to us there, too!
2nd February 2010 by Thomas
The event in Hannover proved to be very good. I was particularly impressed by the content, all the speakers being very good in their field. But there is something that needs to be said on the organisation as well which was spotless. It reminded me of the Nordic conference in the sense that it looked perfect from where I stood, especially as a speaker. The organisation, the audience, the facility, all were great.
I will definetely attend again given the opportunity.
This being said, I also wanted to share here the presentation I gave there. You will find it familiar as I have been speaking on the topic quite a lot for the past 12 Months, but numbers have been refreshed, so it might still be worth a read for some of you. Read the rest of this entry »
25th January 2010 by Thomas
This week the Game Forum Germany in Hannover takes place and I have been invited there to speak about the Free to Play games market in Europe. That’s a topic I have spoken about a lot in the past year and anyone familiar with this blog has seen an iteration of that presentation. I will still put it here, as each iteration as its own flavour and set of data.
If you want to meet over there, please feel free to drop me a line through the contact page: http://www.icopartners.com/contact.php
26th November 2009 by Thomas
We will be attending the Lyon Game connection this December. You can find more information about the event on their website:
In a few words, this a “speed dating ” event between different actors of the game industry. Historically, it has been very focused in match-making developers and publishers, but the last couple of years has seen different service providers joining the event as well, from localisation providers to advertising networks and billing solutions.
Don’t hesitate to ask us for a meeting through the system.
26th November 2009 by Diane
Last week, Diane was at an Online Games summit in Ankara, keynoting the event and meeting actors of the Turkish online games industry. It was a honour to be invited there, and she was very happy to learn more about the Turkish market, which is one of the big ones in Europe already, and is still in a phase of rapid growth.
As more Asian and American eyes are turning to the European market (since market is less mature and the Chinese market is increasingly closed), Turkey is emerging as a rising star of the European region for online games. The country has the second biggest population of the region, and a majority of them are young (60% are under 35) and educated. According to a recent Comscore report, Turkey is the 3rd most engaged Internet audience in the world. The games websites category there has a 68% penetration, higher than in the UK. According to government statistics, 24% of Turks aged 16+ played network games with other people in 2008.
26th October 2009 by Thomas
Just a quick reminder that Thomas will be participating in a panel at the London Games Conference tomorrow. The panel will be moderated by Phil Harrison, and Thomas will be speaking alongside Mark Gerhard, CEO of Jagex, and Kristian Segerstrale, CEO of Playfish, in a lively discussion about the future of games.
5:35 Daddy, What’s a Disc?
A discussion on the death of physical media and the business models that will rise up to replace them
The full lineup of the conference is here. If you are attending, please come and say hi!
EDIT – you can find an article covering the panel here.
12th October 2009 by Thomas
The past week in Korea has been very busy for us. We attended the KGC event for the first time this year, and it has been a very nice experience.
Thomas spoke at KGC, presenting not one lecture, but two! Both went very well, with a very attentive audience that was thirsty for knowledge on the European market and the European players.
The presentations are on SlideShare now:.
This presentation is similar to others we’ve done during the year. Some of the numbers have been updated, and as always we have provided additional information from previous iterations. The section on how to enter the European market, and related advice, has been fleshed out more thoroughly.
This is quite a new angle for us. We prepared this lecture at the request of the KGC organizers, and we can honestly say it was a lot of fun to prepare. We’d like to develop it even further, but we hope that in its current form it has enough material to be useful to its intended audience (non-European developers).
As ever, feedback on both presentations is very welcome!
[You may have noticed that those presentations feature a different logo than our previous materials. We'll talk more about that soon, but for now let's just say that we felt the need to move on to an image that's more representative of ICO's spirit.]
28th September 2009 by Thomas
This summer has proved to be very busy for ICO Partners. We attended a good number of events while still working for our different clients for a variety of projects. We went to GC Online in Leipig, to Gamescom in Cologne, had a stealth visit of PAX in Seattle (and left flu-free) and we just got back the GDC Austin in Texas. The travelling is almost over.
Next week, both Thomas and Diane will be in Korea. Read the rest of this entry »
10th August 2009 by Thomas
Thomas’ seat on the GDC Austin Advisory Board comes with a few perks. The best one is a code to get a 20% discount for any pass, which can apparently be combined with the early bird discount (which ends this Thursday, 13/8). Think Services kindly gave us their blessing to share the code (GDCAADVISORY) on our blog, so use it and share it!