To view the accompanying video see http://links.spaceapegames.com/liveops
Around half of the $80m revenue generated by Space Ape’s three mid-core build and battle games is attributable to in game events. By adopting a flexible forward looking approach to tools development Space Ape efficiently operates their games with very small non-technical teams maintaining major weekly content update cycles.
In this talk, Space Ape’s senior Live Ops specialists give a demo of their tools and workflows and share the content strategies that have allowed them to grow revenues whilst enabling the studio to focus the majority of its development capacity on creating new games and IP.
DESIGNING SUCCESSFUL LIVE OPS SYSTEMS IN FREE TO PLAY GACHA ECONOMIES
Space Ape shipped Transformers:Earth Wars in the Summer pre-baked with the community events tools that had worked so well in their previous game, Rival Kingdoms. However, they soon realised that many of the old tricks did not apply to the game’s gacha collection economy which had more in common with Kabam’s Contest of Champions than the linear economies of most Build and Battle games. In this talk Space Ape’s Live Ops Lead Andrew Munden (formerly Live Ops Lead at Kabam) will share the content strategies that work in gacha collection games as well as how to build a manageable content furnace and balance player fatigue in a sustainable way.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF IN-GAME TARGETING.
Analytics lead Fred Easy (ex Betfair, Playfish/EA) will share the evolution of his offer targeting technology from it’s belt and braces beginnings to sophisticated value based targeting and the transition to a dynamic in-session machine learning approach.
UNDER THE HOOD: RIVAL KINGDOM'S CMS TOOLS
Game changing content is introduced to Rival Kingdoms every month, with in game events at least every week. Product Manager Mitchell Smallman (formerly Rovio, Next Games) and Steven Hsiao (competitive StarCraft player turned community manager turned Live Ops lead) will demonstrate the content management tools that allow them to keep the game fresh for players without developer support. This will include the tools for configuring competitive events, inserting new content into the game as well as how they measure performance of the changes and optimise on the fly. Learn how these tools enabled them to grow revenue for 6 consecutive months with no marketing spend.
To find out more about the developer go to www.spaceapegames.com