Incentive Games signs renowned Gamification trailblazer Yu-kai Chou to their Advisory team
Edinburgh-based software developer Incentive Games have announced the addition of internationally renowned Gamification trailblazer Yu-kai Chou to their Advisory team. The company has long followed Yu-Kai’s work and plans to apply his considerable expertise, including his pioneering Octalysis framework, to their products.
Author of “Actionable Gamification” and a regular speaker and lecturer on Gamification and motivation, Chou has worked with the biggest and the best; improving over 1 billion user experiences working with giants like Google, Lego, Tesla, TEDx, Huawei and Turkish Airlines. One of the earliest pioneers in Gamification, Yu-Kai has been named “Gamification Guru of the Year” in 2014, 2015 and 2017 by the World Gamification Conference, a testament to his continued research and contributions to the Gamification space.
Incentive Games develop games specialized to deliver value to the iGaming industry. Whether reinvigorating stale userbases or building them from scratch, Incentive Games acquire, retain and monetize users by delivering high quality, dynamic gaming content set within a casual, social framework to make their clients’ users go further. As Incentive Games continue their expansion through the USA and African markets, Yu-kai’s expertise will be invaluable in sharpening the competitive advantage of IG’s product suite.
“We are thrilled to have Yu-Kai Chou joining the Incentive Games team, his work in gamification and behavioral design is truly best in class, we can’t wait to implement his ideas into our games going forward,” said John Gordon, CEO of Incentive Games, on the announcement.
Formerly ‘Premier Punt Group’, Incentive Games have been moving from strength to strength since completing their B2B rebrand in late 2018. Previously designing industry-specific customer acquisition and retention software, Incentive Games has diversified their offering significantly with general purpose products now applicable to any industry.
Under the guidance of Yu-Kai, Incentive Games look to further hone the user experience across all their products, driving the user acquisition, retention, and monetization value of their games and capturing more competitive market share in 2019 than ever before.
Yu-kai Chou at TEDX Lausanne – speaking about how Gamification to improve our world
Incentive Games will be attending iGB Live! 2019 in Amsterdam 16-19 July. If you wish to book a meeting or have a chat at the conference please email [email protected] or visit www.incentivegames.com
Germany’s Best Employer 2023: GAMOMAT earns top place
GAMOMAT, one of the leading independent software developers for slot games, was recognised at the “Germany’s Best Employers 2023” competition, held yesterday evening at the Flora Cologne ballroom.
Out of more than 900 participating companies of all sizes and sectors, GAMOMAT made it into the top 100 and achieved an outstanding 13th ranking. This achievement points to the strength of GAMOMAT’s value-oriented corporate culture and confirms the company’s continued success story.
The evaluation process for the “Germany’s Best Employers 2023” competition was voluntary and independent. GAMOMAT’s employees were surveyed anonymously, assessing important factors such as leadership, trust, recognition, support, care, cooperation, team spirit, and identification with the company. Additionally, the company’s management provided information about their personnel and management procedures and measures.
“Our philosophy of ‘Good Work’ is very important to us. The quality of communication and collaboration has the highest priority for us, especially because we’ve adopted a hybrid and highly flexible working model. In this respect, the excellent ranking achieved in ‘Germany’s Best Employer 2023’ competition showcases what is experienced at GAMOMAT everyday. It makes us proud as a team and gives us momentum for our current and upcoming projects,” said Dr Alexandra Krone, Managing Director of GAMOMAT Development GmbH after the event.
GAMOMAT’s competition standing highlights the company’s commitment to providing an exceptional workplace culture that values its employees. The company’s encouragement of respectful interactions and promoting a supportive work environment has led it to being known as one of the best employers in Germany. The recognition achieved by GAMOMAT provides momentum for the company’s current and upcoming projects, solidifying its reputation as a dynamic and successful organisation.
Yudiz Solutions files draft papers for IPO
Yudiz Solutions Limited, a blockchain, artificial intelligence and game development company has filed draft papers for IPO with the NSE Emerge.
The IPO will make Yudiz, the first company in the blockchain, artificial intelligence and game development space to publicly enlist in the market. It will also be the next company after Nazara Technologies Ltd. in the gaming space. The public issue consists of a fresh issue of 27,17,600 equity shares.
The merchant banker for the IPO is Narnolia Financial Services Limited and is also the lead manager to the issue. Delhi based IPO Consultants, Pro Legal Solutions and Longview Research and Advisory Services are the advisors to the issue.
The equity shares of the company are proposed to be listed on NSE’s SME Platform (NSE Emerge). The company is raising funds for developing new products and technology, enhancement, branding and marketing. Moreover, it will explore technology companies for acquisitions in India and abroad, capital expenditure and working capital requirements.
Yudiz was incorporated in 2011, headed by Chairman Bharat Patel, MD Pratik Patel, & CEO Chirag Leuva.
Overseen by key promoter, Suraj Chokhani, Founder, of Ability Games, the company comprises a team of 400+ young minds and adept mentors who have catered and delivered over 6000+ projects for several prominent clients globally.
Of late the company collaborated with one of India’s biggest telecommunication companies whereby trending technologies and innovative advancement in the gaming and advertising industry will be implemented.
Yudiz has accomplished multiple collaborations by adapting and utilizing their state-of-the-art technologies. Elementary contribution and sustainable development are their core beliefs which Yudiz follow traditionally as their crucial practice. Their abstract thinking has enabled them to synergize technologies and offer scalable solutions, hence have received recognition by several respected communities presently.
Movie Games S.A. just announced a much-anticipated co-op mode in the upcoming Drug Dealer Simulator 2
Movie Games S.A., a game publisher and producer listed on Warsaw Stock Exchange, has just confirmed the co-op mode in Drug Dealer Simulator 2, the highly anticipated sequel to one of the biggest indie hits in the last few years. The series will thus be expanded with a multiplayer element, one of the most important components ensuring the titles’ longevity and the so-called long sales tail.
Players were informed about the new co-op mode on the Steam platform, where the footage was published showing multiplayer gameplay mechanics in a test environment based on token visuals, which will eventually be replaced by final detailed models and textures.
Drug Dealer Simulator 2 is the sequel to 2020’s hit Drug Dealer Simulator, which has been updated with 6 free expansions to date. The release of the last of the expansions in November 2022 generated a peak of over 2,000 concurrent players, which is comparable to the successful launch of the new title. At the time of writing this, Drug Dealer Simulator 2 is in 379th place among the most wishlisted games on Steam (globally) and is constantly improving its position. It is worth noting that the Steam website had its launch 5 months ago, on 17 October 2022. So far, the wishlist growth has been organic without any marketing activities. The announcement of the coop is the start of a more active marketing approach.
“When designing Drug Dealer Simulator 2, we wanted to bring the gameplay to a new level. Our goal was to keep the essence of the original while improving and expanding it in many aspects. The experience gained since the release of part 1 and the better structure of the project, built from scratch, allowed us to expand the game’s sequel with a cooperative mode, which is not only an element desired by fans of part 1, but also, in my opinion, represents the future of gaming, offering a new kind of experience, combining the advantages of single and multiplayer modes,” says Rafal Pecherzewski, creator of the Drug Dealer Simulator series.
“The co-op in Drug Dealer Simulator 2 is a fulfillment of the wishes of a huge community of fans, with whom the dialogue is one of the pillars of our publishing activities. At the same time, as a publisher, we are opening up to the players, offering them the opportunity to see what working on their favorite titles looks like. The strategy of publishing the so-called developer’s diaries worked perfectly for the Alaskan Truck Simulator project. It is also well-suited to games from the DDS universe. These titles have an international and very active community of fans, for whom the value is not only the game itself, but also the interaction with the developers and the opportunity to learn about the behind-the-scenes of production,” says Piotr Gnyp, Chief Marketing Officer of Movie Games S.A.
“The added value from a marketing perspective is that fans of Drug Dealer Simulator, thanks to the recent showcase, had the opportunity to see what the game looks like at the prototyping and testing stage of the mechanics. This addresses the frequent questions and requests from community members to see the various stages of development work. The footage we showed is a glimpse behind the scenes of the work to sublimate the best possible form of designed gameplay even before the final implementation of the content. This is a common practice in the industry and a very effective one to get the best possible product even before the stage of final polishing. In due course, and with pleasure, we will also share with the world and fans the final visuals, which the developers are currently carefully refining behind the curtains,” says Michal Puczynski, Head of Content at Movie Games.
“We are very pleased with the pace of work and the commitment of the team working on Drug Dealer Simulator 2. We are confirming this year’s release date for the sequel to Drug Dealer Simulator with confidence,” adds Mateusz Wcześniak, CEO of Movie Games S.A.
The accepted release window for Drug Dealer Simulator 2 is the year 2023
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