Blog: Getting blinded by game industry trends?

“The video game landscape is far from random, even though it can often feel that way. Here are five summary pointers that help keep my head together, as I attempt to make better sense of the topics I cover.” …

from Gamasutra News http://gamasutra.com/blogs/SteveBailey/20160330/269236/Survival_Hoarder_On_Being_a_Market_Analyst_in_Video_Games.php

How Japanese mobile game makers go after whales: 5 popular gacha mechanics

“Today, the once simple mechanic has spawned a whole array of variations. In the context of this post, I introduce five of the top gacha variants that were or are being used in mobile games.” …

from Gamasutra News http://gamasutra.com/blogs/SerkanToto/20160330/269206/How_Japanese_Mobile_Game_Makers_Go_After_Whales_5_Popular_Gacha_Mechanics.php

A new challenger arrives on the eSports scene with e-commerce giant Alibaba

Alibaba, the largest e-commerce company in China, announced a $15.4 million partnership with Singaporean online company YuuZoo to manage Alibaba eSports events in China. …

from Gamasutra News http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/269398/A_new_challenger_arrives_on_the_eSports_scene_with_ecommerce_giant_Alibaba.php