Category Archives: Gaming

Beware the Giant: 3 Ways The Facebook Monopoly Threatens Business

In the late 90s, we had plenty of search engines to choose from: Yahoo, AltaVista, Lycos, Ask Jeeves, AOL, Excite, Looksmart and so on. Once we crossed the Y2K hump, however, the market went through rapid consolidation, culminating in the two dominant players we see today: Google at the front of the pack with Bing far behind in second place. Continue reading

Community Management with Nick van Vugt from Uken Games

We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Nick Van Vugt, community manager of Uken Games. Uken is a mobile-oriented indie studio based in Toronto that’s known for titles such as Kings of Pool and Bingo Pop. Nick has been operating as community manager for roughly six years, and has seen pretty much everything you can experience as a community manager at any scale.

Moderating audiences, keeping users happy, language barriers and leading a team which simultaneously manages dozens of communities, are just a few of the challenges Nick has had since graduating from McMaster University in 2011. Continue reading

Boost Your Indie Game Community with User Generated Content

User Generated Content, or UGC, has an incredibly powerful allure in the world of gaming. From fan art to custom items and levels, more and more games are embracing community contribution.

Great examples are games like Night in the Woods, which wholeheartedly promotes user generated content on social media, or others like Minecraft, which lets fans share their creations independently. Both are terrific, but while the former sounds more appealing, the latter is ultimately where games find greater longevity and stronger community bonds. Continue reading