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Corporate Culture: How to Make Every Employee Happy
Corporate Culture: How to Make Every Employee Happy
What is the difference between a good place to work and a great place to work? Hint: culture. According to a Deloitte study, 94% of executives and 88% of employees believe that corporate culture is important to business success. Another study by CultureIQ shows that employees’ overall assessments of their company’s attributes, including collaboration, environment, and values, are 20% higher in companies that display a strong culture. What does it mean? If a company does not have a culture that is focused on employees and promotes their well-being, it will not be able to see the success that it dreams of. One of the indispensable and paramount tasks of modern business is to make employees happy and provide them with a great experience. The HR department of Kevuru Games talks about how the corporate culture was built in the studio, at what stage they are now and what else they plan to do. Kevuru Games Corporate Culture: Beginnings In 2018, when Kevuru Games had 24 employees, the corporate culture was more of an intuitive and unanimously shared experience – employees worked in a positive atmosphere, socialized outside of work, and had fun corporate events. But when the staff tripled a year later and outgrew its original intimacy, there was a need for a clear and structured system that would become a universal guide for any employee and would provide comprehensive instructions on issues regarding learning, adaptation, motivation, growth and more. The HR team analyzed the current state of affairs, collected feedback from the heads of departments, and actively engaged in filling the knowledge base. Everything was going well, but the 2020 pandemic made adjustments to the process of building a corporate culture. The safety and health of employees required radical measures – the transition to a remote work mode. At the same time, most of the people hired from that moment not only did not see the office and could not appreciate the atmosphere in the team, but did not even have the opportunity to get to know their immediate supervisor other than through video communication. Quarantine Realities The remote mode largely nullified the previously established corporate traditions. Short informal negotiations in the kitchen over a cup of tea dissolved into harsh realities. And the task of “stitching” the team came to the fore, especially given the large number of newcomers. Feedback mechanisms have changed – communication with employees has become more regular and systematized. This was especially important for people not to consider themselves abandoned and not interesting to anyone, but to feel like full-fledged members of the team. Since the beginning of remote work, the practice of common Friday calls with the participation of the CEO has been introduced. All teams take part. The point of these team calls is to keep the company up to date on current tasks, innovations, completed projects, and to give everyone the opportunity to collectively welcome new hires. Also, marketing and HR departments are sure to prepare special layouts about completed projects and successful tests, where they thank the team that took part in the work. Such layouts are published in the general chat of employees. Well, after discussing business issues, employees periodically arrange remote cocktail parties, communicate on non-work topics and play online games. In 2021, the size of the Kevuru Games team exceeded 300 people. It would seem that in such a large team, you can easily get lost and go unnoticed. But nothing of the kind. The HR department always reminds in time when someone has a birthday or an anniversary of work and which of the employees receives a promotion. And this is only a small part of what is being done to make each of the huge team feel important and needed. And it all starts with the first job interview. Hiring: From the Offer to the First Meeting In a month, the recruiting department deals with hundreds of responses to open vacancies. The team tries to process all letters within a day. Kevuru Games recruiters are sure that positive communication with a pleasant aftertaste should be established with each person, because even if the candidate does not fit, they may have contacts that will be useful for the company in the future. As for candidates who showed great zeal in getting the desired position, but who lacked certain knowledge or skills, they are not left to chance: recruiters clearly prescribe what exactly needs to be improved, or they can even offer another position that is more suitable in according to skill set. If a person applied for a position that is not currently relevant, recruiters record the appeal and promise to contact the candidate if a corresponding vacancy appears. And these are not empty words. Often you can hear the mysterious phrase “candidate base” from different companies. In the case of Kevuru Games, it really exists and consists precisely of those people who at some point, for certain reasons, could not take the desired position. If the vacancy is still relevant for them, recruiters get not only a perfect match for the right skills, but also the opportunity to save time on an acquaintance – after all, it has already taken place. Such a system makes it possible to close vacancies at a speed of two weeks, although sometimes it turns out faster. A positive reputation and HR brand contribute to the fact that today about 25% of candidates themselves are looking for a company that they have heard a lot of good things about. Recruitment lifecycle analytics is conducted by Head of Recruitment. He captures the stages of the search, analyzes the rate of closing vacancies, takes into account the ratio of offers to refusals, etc. In general, the recruitment process looks like this: Posting a vacancy on the website and external resources while simultaneously searching for suitable candidates in the database.Getting to know a recruiter.Test task for certain positions. If this is not provided, then automatic transition to the next stage.Interview with the head of the department and a representative of the HR department.The result is an offer or a detailed explanation of the refusal. The online interview is conducted using Google Meet. The first interview with the recruiter is of an introductory nature – he or she tells the candidate about the company, the vacancy and upcoming duties, asks about work experience and conducts an initial analysis of the correspondence of the person’s values ​​to the values ​​of the company. The second interview is a more detailed and in-depth conversation with the recruiter and a conversation with the head of the direction, which may include more narrowly focused specific questions in accordance with the candidate’s specialization. After it, the company indicates the date by which the result of the interview will be ready. In case of a positive outcome, the newly minted employee moves on to the next stage. Onboarding and Adaptation In remote mode, onboarding requires especially close attention and focus on all the little things, from providing access to work accounts and mail to an instant answer to any question that a person has. Thanks to the formed database, answers to the most common questions no longer cause problems, and the well-established procedure for the technical introduction of employees into the company’s ecosystem makes them quick and easy to appear in all work chats. The arrival of a new person is always accompanied by posting a postcard in the work chat with their name, position and interests, which they considered necessary to tell about themselves. Of course, they also get to know their team, for which a separate call is organized, where even in remote work mode, new employees see the faces of their colleagues and communicate with each of them personally. Since January 2022, the company has been providing all newcomers with welcome packs – sets of branded merchandise designed to help employees quickly get used to the idea that now they are real team members. During the trial period, HR holds regular meetings with the newcomer to keep abreast and correct various issues that arise. Calls are scheduled after the first 2 weeks, a month, two months or more, if required. The Smallest Turnover in Gamedev: Why Is the Relationship Between Specialists and the Company is Serious and Long-Lasting? Adapting to the new quarantine realities, improved communication systems, increased attention to new employees and the desire to constantly keep each person up to date with the life of the company – all this is done because people are the main value of the company. The corporate culture of Kevuru Games promotes a special scheme of interaction between leads and the team – they motivate their employees, communicate personally with each of them, and always meet halfway when questions or difficulties arise. For studio leads, the mood of each team member is important, and they are ready to deal with each specific case. Constantly improving your skills and keeping up with the latest trends is very important for game industry workers. For example, some teams organize interactive courses in which each artist, who has some unusual or exclusive skills, gives lectures to the whole team. This happens several times a month. Artists talk about some unique tricks, pipelines that are successfully practiced, for example, features of sculpting organic structures, texturing. At Kevuru Games, no one is left alone with burnout: employees can be offered a transition to another project that is more interesting to them, or, in case of exclusivity and indispensability, the company can create all the necessary conditions for comfortable work. It can be a special schedule, special conditions, even a kind of psychological help from PM. When interacting with a customer in an inconvenient time zone, teams use the individual duty format for calls. If a person no longer really has the strength or creative enthusiasm, then he or she can use the sabbatical option – an individual career pause that allows to completely turn off the processes for a certain time, relax and reboot, and then return to the workplace fresh and full of energy. The staff turnover rate at Kevuru Games is incredibly low and does not consistently exceed 4%. Kevuru Games Values Almost every successful company has strong corporate values that define the company’s identity, distinguish it from competitors, and help attract the right employees and customers who share these principles. At Kevuru Games, they are as follows: Diversity. The company is equally glad to see people of any gender, age, race, orientation and religion. Offensive or derogatory jokes, allusions and memes on such topics are unacceptable.Transparency. The company strives to make all processes and decision-making procedures as clear and transparent as possible. Open communication within the team is maintained, and all decisions and expectations are always discussed together.Corporate spirit. All departments work together for a common result and are always ready to help each other in case of difficulties. No one is left alone with their problem: teamwork implies a joint solution of any issues.Confidence. The work is built on mutual trust. Employees trust their colleagues as real professionals who are responsible for their work, and they are firmly convinced that the company will fulfill all its obligations to them.Creative passion. All specialists are dedicated to their work, so each project is supported by exceptional involvement and creative enthusiasm. Thanks to this, the company manages to achieve results that exceed customer expectations.Open door policy. The company has developed an open door culture, when any request, offer or desire can be addressed to any of the leads, heads or directly to the CEO. New ideas are welcome: those are always implemented if they are useful for streamlining workflows and achieving excellent results. Taken individually, these values are nothing extraordinary, but collectively they are the force that moves the company forward, makes it unique, and attracts people to it. This is the reputation of the company, those qualities that first of all come to the mind of those who think about it. Employee Care Work takes up most of the life of every person, and it is important to understand that in addition to interesting tasks and a comfortable environment, each employee needs support and motivation. This is how the company operates care programs, the purpose of which is maximum care for employees. Among the main ones are the following: Performance appraisal program. Every six months, starting from the end of the trial period, a Performance Appraisal meeting is held with each employee based on the results of their work and the level of their skills to determine points of growth and development. Career growth can be both vertical and horizontal. For example, a 2D artist who is carried away by 3D and a little tired of his or her tasks is free to move to the position of a 3D specialist, provided there is an open vacancy and relevant proven skills. It is important for the company to support the creative fervor of employees and give them the opportunity not only to grow within the same position, but also to update themselves, look for tasks that are interesting for them and not get hung up on what has lost interest due to habit or fear to speak out. Once a year, based on the Performance & Professional Development Plan (PPD), the employee may also be reviewed the level of monetary compensation.Personal schedule and overtime program. Each employee, in agreement with the lead, can choose a convenient work schedule for themselves and start their day from 8 to 11 am with a non-fixed lunch break (you can also choose whether it will last 1 hour or 2). Such flexibility of the work schedule was developed, among other things, because the company employs a lot of creative specialists, whose productivity and inspiration depend on biorhythms, time of day and quality rest. Another banal, it would seem, but at the same time a very important nuance of overtime is that Kevuru Games value the time and work of employees. Therefore, if there is a need for overtime work, the PMO office can make an offer of this work and, if the employee agrees, mandatory compensation for these hours.Training and development program. Everyone in the company has a personal training budget that can be used to pay for professional courses, seminars and conferences.Health program. If an employee has been with the company for more than a year, the company offers them voluntary health insurance. Also once a year, the company compensates employees for the cost of vaccination against seasonal flu.Birth support program. For employees who are expecting a child, the company offers additional paid vacation days after the birth of the baby, as well as material compensation monthly during the first year of the child’s life. Team at Work and Out of It: Spending Time Together Joint events are a separate component of the corporate culture – it is difficult to imagine a more appropriate moment to get to know each other, communicate, and just feel like part of a large team in reality. The lack of personal meetings was especially pronounced in the first year of quarantine. After the first wave of the pandemic receded, the company’s office opened its doors to everyone who wanted to restore the disturbed social balance. So, despite the fact that most of the team continues to work remotely, each employee can work from the office if they have such a need. Recently, HR began to note that the craving for socialization and common pastime with colleagues has become more and more noticeable. About once a week after the end of the working day, the colleagues from different teams present in the office have began to gather for board games. If desired, they are joined by others who prefer remote mode, but do not mind coming to the office in the evening for live communication with colleagues. Twice a year, Kevuru Games hosts large corporate events. In summer, this is a joint trip to nature with many sports activities; in winter – an interesting theme party with bright photo zones, New Year’s contests and incendiary dances. The pandemic has made adjustments to this schedule, and in 2020, offline events had to be abandoned for the safety of employees. But in 2021, the team managed to catch up – both summer and winter. An interesting fact is that employees want to see each other live so much that they come to common corporate events even from other cities of Ukraine (and the company compensates for all travel costs). But since the last two years have not been without online parties, Kevuru also likes this kind of entertainment: for example, the Halloween party was held on Zoom, where everyone showed off their cool image. The company gave prizes for the best. Gifts will be discussed later. Sources of Motivation At Kevuru Games, first of all, employees are motivated by a common goal and their involvement in the creation of cool gaming products. It’s hard to hide your delight when, for example, Lucasfilm, the American film studio of Walt Disney Studios, adds your name to the credits of their new game, because you created 3D characters for it. It’s also impossible to keep your hands from trembling as you flip through endless pictures of cosplayers wearing the Fortnite skin suits you designed. Involvement in the global gaming industry inspires, and the visual results of the work, the delight of the players and the sincere gratitude of customers motivate more than any other awards – they are priceless. However, the matter is not limited to this. The HR department of Kevuru Games is confident in the strength of the balance between the intangible and the material. Therefore, employees regularly receive pleasant gifts from the company for all holidays: Easter, New Year, St. Nicholas Day, etc. In the nearest plans for 2022: valuable gifts for anniversaries of work in the company, birthdays and other important events in the life of each employee. Team Path to Success In two years of quarantine restrictions and remote work, the company managed to grow almost three times. The number of implemented projects has passed over a hundred, and more and more world-famous publishers are paying attention to a professional and, most importantly, enthusiastic team. The results of the company became possible only thanks to people – in their hands are both the success already achieved and further development. As BizDevs at Kevuru Games say, for many foreign clients, not only the company’s portfolio is important, but also its corporate culture, attitude towards employees, and social policies. In the West, for many companies, these are essential components of success. Kevuru Games is very close to such a format, when professionalism and humanity are equally important and necessary. The team is against the toxic atmosphere and immediately stops it. A comfortable work environment for everyone is valued above one specialist with brilliant hard skills, but an unpleasant or specific character. The main philosophy of the company is that a person can be taught everything. The main thing is the conditions in which the employee will be. If this environment is supportive, then a wonderful specialist will grow up. Empathy and the ability to create the right atmosphere in a team are very important values, but they must be inside a person. CEO of Kevuru Games Oleg Goncharenko expresses this idea in the following way: “Our business is built on people. We do our best to make people feel as comfortable as possible in our company. We create conditions under which at each level people must have certain leadership qualities and inspire the teams they work with. This allows us to grow excellent motivated specialists and attract new talents. We do not micromanage and control every human action. We give maximum freedom in work, but we focus on the result, the achievement of which is important for each member of the team. This is the only way the company can expect that the employee with interest and great motivation will go towards all the ambitious goals that it sets for itself.”
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Advanced High-Tech Video Game Companies in North Carolina: 7 Best Examples for Fruitful Collaboration
Advanced High-Tech Video Game Companies in North Carolina: 7 Best Examples for Fruitful Collaboration
With its sandy beaches, rolling mountains and bustling cities, North Carolina is rich in natural beauty, culture and industry. Although its name blows cold, in fact, these lands are not that far from Florida, and the climate here is subtropical with hot summers. In winter, ski resorts await lovers of descending on a snow track and fans of snowboards. North Carolina is one of the ten most economically developed states in the United States. It is characterized by a well-developed financial sector, agriculture, tourism and industry. North Carolina’s largest city, Charlotte, is the second largest banking center in the United States of America after New York. In addition to banks, several other Fortune 500 companies are based in Charlotte: retail chain Lowe’s, one of the leading US steelmakers Nucor, energy company Duke Energy, a major car dealer Sonic Automotive, etc. The state is home to one of the largest research centers in the United States of America – Research Triangle Park, founded back in 1959 in the area of ​​the Triangle metropolis formed by the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Dozens of organizations are engaged in research in the field of information and biotechnology here, including such well-known companies as IBM, Intel, Microsoft, BASF, Bayer, Cisco Systems, Sony Ericsson, Red Hat, Verizon and many others. Advantages of Choosing Video Game Companies in North Carolina The gaming industry of this region extends precisely to the cities of Research Triangle Park. The Triangle is home to a large contingent of technology companies, as well as 3 large universities. Duke, UNC and NC State are located here: they help provide game develoment studios in North Carolina with a steady stream of new talent. This is not to say that the region is very rich in game studios – it has a slightly different technical and industrial specialization. However, a certain pool of game developers has nevertheless gathered here, and they have something to show – first of all, technological advancement. For example, Durham houses the office of American game developer Insomniac Games, famous for the Spyro game trilogy, the Ratchet & Clank and Resistance series of games, and the action-adventure game Spider-Man. And Red Storm Entertainment, a video game studio owned by Ubisoft, has chosen the city of Cary for its headquarters. The famous writer Tom Clancy worked here: most of the studio’s games are based on his literary works. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting gaming companies in North Carolina and what they have to offer you. Universal and Narrow-Profile Gaming Companies in North Carolina Kevuru Games Location: US, Ukraine Established: 2011 Employees: 350+ Kevuru Games is a gaming outsourcing studio with offices in the USA and Ukraine, a ten-year history and a large staff of specialists offering a full development cycle or individual gaming services. Selected services include 2D and 3D graphics and animation, programming, testing, game design, interface and sound design, and gamification services – adding a game element to a non-game environment. If necessary, the studio can port your game to other platforms or develop a game from scratch aimed at multiple platforms at once. The studio is sharpened for games like a sirloin knife is sharpened for perfect fillet cutting: there are Unity and Unreal developers, as well as C++ and C# specialists who know all about game engines for creating entertainment products for PC and mobile devices. The team deals with both casual projects and AAA-level tasks – there is a separate department of artists involved in the creation of AAA-level graphics. The studio’s famous case is a collaboration with Lucasfilm on 3D characters for the game Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge. Before the outbreak of the pandemic, Kevuru Games held a large number of roadshows throughout America and managed to earn a reputation as a reliable and dedicated partner in the implementation of gaming projects of all complexities. Grover Gaming Location: Greenville, North Carolina Established: 2003 Employees: 250+ Grover Gaming, based in Greenville, North Carolina, has grown from a small gaming business to a company with over 250 employees dedicated to providing a variety of gaming services. All art work and programming of the studio are 100% implemented in-house by a team of artists, sound engineers, programmers and .NET developers. The studio’s key specialization is slot games: in the portfolio, you will see more than 50 samples of such games. Bright graphics, the original design of any theme and great experience in slots make this team an excellent option if you are interested in slot art or creating slot games from scratch. Imangi Studios Location: Raleigh, North Carolina Established: 2008 Employees: 50+ Among other gaming companies in North Carolina, Imangi Studios is notable for its small size and an initial focus on making iPhone-based fun games for the whole family. Its founders are the spouses Natalia Luckyanova and Keith Shepherd, who were later joined by the artist Kiril Tchangov. Now the studio has expanded the list of platforms to include Android and Windows Phone. The team is known for creating the free Temple Run series for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, which has been downloaded over 1 billion times by people worldwide. This is an endless runner game where the player controls a treasure hunter who runs away from the treasure guards in a maze, trying to run as far as possible. Hazardous Software Location: Raleigh, North Carolina Established: 2007 Employees: 50+ Hazardous Software is a consulting firm offering game and simulation development solutions. The studio creates technology that encourages people to act strategically in uncertain conditions, whether it is a game, a simulation, or a real event. Specializing in serious games with great strategic depth or the implementation of unconventional innovations, Hazardous Software also offers services for creating and establishing game balance and advanced gamification: building a reward system, markets, game mechanics and other systems of online interaction so that people are involved and act in the right way. Puny Human Location: Raleigh, North Carolina Established: 2007 Employees: 50+ Puny Human is another representative of a small game studio in Raleigh, North Carolina. Their mission is to provide players with an interesting and lasting experience in a healthy, open and versatile way. Studio services include a full development cycle or individual programming services, art creation and logistics services to maintain order in the project, determine priorities and correctly allocate tasks and resources. Notable games from the studio are the space shooter Galacide for PC and consoles and the action game Blade Symphony for PC. Six Wing Studios Location: Raleigh, North Carolina Established: 2017 Employees: 50+ Six Wing Studios is a small game studio located in Raleigh. Its mission is to combine the best features of wellness apps and video games to create a fun and engaging experience. This original approach works well in gamification projects, so it makes sense to turn to this studio if you are planning to create games or gaming applications with emotionally compelling, pro-social storytelling that does not skimp on interesting game mechanics. Their famous project is Amaru: The Self-care Virtual Pet, an application designed to introduce the player to the practice of self-care with the Amaru virtual pet. Amaru helps players customize their self-care goals, including breathing exercises, mindfulness practice, exercises to increase concentration and resilience, and gratitude journaling. Players are encouraged to play the game for 15-30 minutes every day. Those who play daily can expect to master basic game content in about 2 months, which is the time it takes for new habits to become commonplace. Mighty Rabbit Studios Location: Cary, North Carolina Established: 2010 Employees: 50+ Our last representative of game studios in North Carolina is Mighty Rabbit Studios, an independent game developer based in Cary. The company released its first major project, Saturday Morning RPG, on the Apple App Store in 2012. It subsequently became available for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo Switch. Their second release, the turn-based strategy RPG video game Breach & Clear, was released in 2013 for mobile, PC and PlayStation Vita. Both games were well received by critics and players alike. To date, Mighty Rabbit games have been downloaded by over 2 million players. The team collaborated with other studios on their projects, such as working with inXile Entertainment on the RPG Wasteland 3 and the dungeon crawler The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep. Mighty Rabbit Studios has also contracted AT&T and Carnegie Learning clients for a Kinect-based crime scene investigation prototype and a 2D flash learning game to track student progress. How to Choose the Most Reliable Partner? The final choice is always yours. But it can be simplified by keeping a few key guidelines in mind. Look for studios with the specialization you need. If you are interested in developing a mobile game, then your search query should include the words mobile game development – so you will see in the search results those companies that are definitely engaged in mobile development. Look for proof of specialization or any other service. If a studio says that it makes AR/VR games, but it doesn’t have a single example of such games in its portfolio, then it is either disingenuous, or the projects that have been created are under the NDA. In this case, it makes sense to clarify whether the studio really worked with projects of the type you need. Explore the portfolio. If you need art for your game, pay attention to the skill level of the artists of the chosen studio, presented in its portfolio. Think about whether this style, this approach, this kind of creativity suits you. If you do not find what you want and you have the appropriate financial capacity, you can try to negotiate a paid test assignment. Then it is possible to set the exact requirements and see how the artists deal with them. And of course, read the reviews. If there are no reviews, this is not yet a reason to sound the alarm, but often studios that care about their reputation still collect feedback from previous clients so that potential ones have fewer doubts. Conclusions Any of the game studios in North Carolina we reviewed are worthy of your attention. But if you do not have time for research, long negotiations, doubts and uncertainties, then the Kevuru Games studio will be the universal choice. And there are specific reasons for this. The peculiarity is that it is a multi-instrumentalist studio. It fully covers the cycle of creating a game from concept to release and is ready to take on both the creation of a game from scratch and any individual task related to the creation of a game. A huge department of art specialists here harmoniously coexists with Unity and Unreal developers, game designers discuss suitable music for the game with sound designers, and testers polish the game product to shine. If necessary, the team develops a game for several platforms at once or ports it to the desired platform. And a bonus – gamification services – adding a game element to a non-game application or other digital product: the team has already implemented several projects for the trading, e-commerce and insurance sectors. If you have specific requirements to strictly adhere to, then the team will do so in accordance with the highest gaming standards, as was the case with the Star Worth project for Lucasfilm. If you only have a vague idea and a strong desire to make a game, the team will help you to shape it into a specific authentic product t, as was the case with the concepts of skins for Fortnite from Epic Games. In any case, you remain in the black – the Kevuru Games team fulfills all your requirements and invests in your project in full so that it will be remembered by your audience for a long time.
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Top 7 Game Companies in Seattle: Advanced Technologies in Line with the Latest Trends
Top 7 Game Companies in Seattle: Advanced Technologies in Line with the Latest Trends
Few localities in the United States can boast such a unique combination of ocean, mountains, sea surface and heightened land. Water-friendly Seattle is located on the shores of the winding Puget Bay, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. A little to the west of the bay stretches the huge Vancouver Island. And to the east of the city, the calm waters of Lake Washington gleam with blue. Because of the abundance of water, Seattle is always rich in greenery and seafood. And also dogs! Moreover, there are many more of them here than children. It is also home to over 500 successful companies, including such giants as Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon and Starbucks. Not surprisingly, this is where 50+ game companies and top-notch game developers have decided to settle. Advantages of Choosing Video Game Companies in Seattle There are a lot of gaming companies in Seattle. The city also leads the pack in high-tech jobs. The Census Bureau ranks Seattle as the most educated city in the United States, with the highest percentage of college graduates compared to other cities in America. Therefore, it should be easy to guess that the gaming services provided by the local studios are of the highest standard. Gaming giants such as EA, Riot, Valve and Amazon Game Studios have offices here. The choice among the smaller game companies in Seattle is overwhelming: here you will find mobile developers, web game specialists, AR/VR experts, PC and console game creators, and gamification masters. You don’t have to go far to find a good performer, and the size of a studio is not an indicator of quality or a reason to doubt the studio’s expertise. Even the smallest video game companies in Seattle can deliver results that their larger peers never dreamed of. Of course, we will not list all 50+ video game studios in Seattle. We will select the most interesting and suggest them for your consideration. Noteworthy Gaming Companies in Seattle Kevuru Games Location: US, Ukraine Established: 2011 Employees: 350+ Kevuru Games is a large outsourcing studio that provides full-cycle game development services and also performs individual game tasks: creating graphics and animation, programming, testing, sound design, game design, etc. Unlike other gaming companies in Seattle, which are limited to their own projects, Kevuru Games has a large client pool across America and works with a wide variety of client orders. Among the studio’s main American customers are EA, with whom the team has been collaborating for 10 years on HOPA projects, and Lucasfilm: their VR game Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge was replenished with 3D characters created by the 3D team of Kevuru Games. In addition to gaming services, the studio is engaged in gamification – adding a gaming element to a non-gaming context to increase the engagement of the target audience. The company undertakes both small casual projects and AAA level orders. A versatile portfolio, a large staff of high-level specialists, executives with more than 10 years of experience in the gaming industry make this studio a universal partner for any gaming task. PopCap Games Location: Seattle Established: 2000 Employees: 500+ PopCap Games is an American casual computer game developer and publisher. It is based in Seattle and was founded in 2000. The main form of distribution for the company’s games is a digital try-and-buy model, which allows users to try the game before purchasing. The company’s first game, Bejeweled, sold over 25 million copies and earned Hall of Fame status in Computer Gaming World magazine. The company’s games are released on a variety of platforms, including web, PC, game consoles and mobile devices. On September 11, 2007, under the patronage of Valve, PopCap Games released a free promotional version of Peggle based on the games from The Orange Box – Peggle Extreme. FlowPlay Location: Seattle Established: 2006 Employees: 100+ Speaking of game companies in Seattle, one cannot pass by the studios dealing with social casino games. FlowPlay, a developer, operator and publisher, develops community-based virtual worlds for people of all ages and backgrounds. Their 4 flagship games are Casino World, Vegas World, Live Game Night and ourWorld. The company has an extensive multiplayer infrastructure of over 75 million users worldwide, which allows its customers to launch online games under their own brand. If you are considering online gaming, fantasy sports and the casino genre as your key priority, then FlowPlay is a great choice. Big Fish Games Location: Seattle Established: 2002 Employees: 500+ Since its founding in 2002, Big Fish has been the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of casual games aimed primarily at PC and mobile. Big Fish Games is part of Aristocrat Leisure. On the Big Fish website, you can find games of many genres: hidden objects, time management, match 3, casino, adventure, puzzle, family, arcade, card and board, strategy, mahjong and others. Big Fish Games distributes over 2,500 casual games to over 500 developers. It claims about 1,500,000 downloads per day from the company’s website. Their service offers downloadable casual games with trial download options in which players get 60 minutes of play time and then see an offer to buy the full version. Cascade Game Foundry Location: Seattle Established: 2009 Employees: 50+ Cascade Game Foundry is one of the game companies in Seattle that specializes in reality-based immersive entertainment products. The team is the creator of Infinite Scuba – a diving simulation game that offers players to explore the underwater world in real-world locations. The developers come from the former ACES studio of Microsoft, creators of Flight Sim, so they are well versed in developing realistic simulations for both hardcore audiences and fun exploration games for casual audiences. Interestingly, CGF is registered as a social corporation, with the team donating $ 1 of each Infinite Scuba game to ocean nonprofits, and providing Infinite Scuba to teachers and schools for free. Drifter Entertainment Location: Seattle Established: 2016 Employees: 50+ It is a small game studio created by 3 seasoned AAA game developers who have worked in the gaming industry for years on franchises such as Gears of War, Halo, Doom, and Call of Duty. Drifter has also been creating and working with AR/VR platforms for many years and focuses on creating genre-defining games that are built from the ground up specifically for VR. Notable studio games – a co-op RPG shooter Gunheart for PC and VR platforms, Ready Player One: Rise of the Gunters – a fast-paced arcade-inspired FPS built from the ground up for VR, and Lies Beneath – a single-player survival horror game for VR. The team is currently working on their next adventure, a next-generation shooter for PCs and consoles. Endeavor One Location: Seattle Established: 2014 Employees: 50+ Gaming studios in Seattle follow the latest gaming trends, so there are many VR-focused companies here. Endeavor One is another team of AAA game developers who have worked together for over a decade at the forefront of the VR movement, experimenting with it as a tool to unleash the full potential games have to offer. Endeavor One has been active in virtual, mixed and augmented reality spaces for the past seven years. Its past projects include collaborations such as Halo: Recruit for Windows Mixed Reality and Dome of the Dead, a 2019 4-player co-op shooter for the Vulcan’s HoloDome. In 2021, the studio released its first game, Arashi: Castles of Sin, exclusively for PlayStation VR. This is a stealth action game inspired by Kurosawa, set in Japan at the turn of the 16th century. How to Choose the Most Reliable Partner? When the choice is large, the eyes run wide. Game companies in Seattle offer a wide range of gaming services and their number can be a bit confusing. We tried to help you a little by selecting 7 good and reliable options, and the further depends only on you. Remember that almost every gaming company in Seattle has its own specialty that they emphasize. For example, it could be a focus on mobile games or a large number of implemented AR/VR projects. It makes sense that if you are looking for a console game developer, you need to look for a studio with a proven track record. There are universal studios offering comprehensive game development services for all platforms. Be sure to make sure that there is a confirmed case in the portfolio for each service described, otherwise the words will remain just words. Feedback from previous clients can also be a very useful tool for assessing studio competence. They can be located both on the company’s website and on third-party platforms such as GoodFirms, Clutch and others. They provide information on meeting expectations, timing correctness, and overall impression of the collaboration. Conclusions If you are looking for a partner with whom you can collaborate for longer than one project, who can draw, program, invent, test, and release, then this is definitely Kevuru Games. The versatility of this studio is confirmed by numerous projects in the portfolio – here you will find an excellent track record on both casual and AAA projects. At Kevuru Games, you can order the creation of a turnkey game: all you need is an idea and a description of what you would like to see as a result. The team does not create games for games, but games for players, so you can rest assured that your entertainment product will gain acceptance in the gaming market. Art, animation, game design, interface design, testing have recently been replenished with topical porting and gamification services. So, if necessary, you can release your game on multiple platforms or add game dynamics to your business application. At the same time, positive feedback on cooperation with Kevuru Gems definitely prevails – see for yourself and allow the studio to make for you an amazing product that meets all your needs.
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7 Inspirational Video Game Companies in San Diego: Best Picks to Dive Into the Local Flavor
7 Inspirational Video Game Companies in San Diego: Best Picks to Dive Into the Local Flavor
Welcome to San Diego! What interests you at the moment? Mountains and plains on the Pacific coast, surrounded by greenery and plants of the most incredible colors? An ever-blue sky with soaring eagles, seagulls, pelicans and daring hang gliders? Surf beaches flooded with amateurs and pros gliding proudly over the waves? Imagine a mixture of Spanish flamenco with Mexican influences, Chilean landscapes, European fashion and Moorish architecture – this city has absorbed the brightest colors of various cultures. Voiced, mosaic, cheerful and surprisingly harmonious, exciting and relaxing at the same time, San Diego will surprise anyone. This variety might not affect local game studios. You’ve probably heard about Daybreak Games Company, the creator of the famous MMORPG Everquest, or The Behemoth, who developed the run and gun video game Alien Hominid. Both of these studios with almost half a century of history for two are still located in San Diego. Of course, it was not without younger studios that have absorbed the local flavor and made it a distinctive feature of their projects. Advantages of Choosing Video Game Companies in San Diego Although the number of game companies in San Diego may not be as large as in other cities, this is offset by the quality of their work. They are so active, dynamic and full of ideas that it is enough to present even the vaguest concept to them, and they will turn it into something completely unimaginable, fresh and different. Most often, gaming companies in San Diego do not have a large staff, but you will not be confused by the endless list of services – here each has its specialization. Some studios make games only for mobile devices, others focus on PCs and consoles, and still, others focus on AR and VR. So it will be much easier to find a partner than in the case of large companies that do everything at once. And now we turn directly to the list of studios whose artistic vision and creative impulse can be useful to you. Best Gaming Companies in San Diego Kevuru Games Location: US, Ukraine Established: 2011 Employees: 350+ Kevuru Games is a gaming outsourcing studio with offices in the USA and Ukraine, a ten-year history and a large staff of specialists offering full-cycle development or individual gaming services. Selected services include 2D and 3D graphics and animation, programming, testing, game design and interface design, and gamification services – adding a game element to a non-gaming environment. The studio is sharpened for games like a fillet knife is sharpened for perfect fillet cutting: there are Unity and Unreal developers, as well as C++ and C # specialists who know everything about game engines for creating entertainment products for PC and mobile devices. The team boasts a huge pool of US clients: Ultrabit, AdoreStudio, Pixelberry Studios and more. The studio’s famous case is a collaboration with Lucasfilm on 3D characters for the game Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge. Before the outbreak of the pandemic, Kevuru Games held a large number of roadshows throughout America and managed to earn a reputation as a reliable partner in the implementation of gaming projects. Intrepid Studios Location: San Diego Established: 2015 Employees: 50+ Online gaming studio Intrepid Studios was founded by two passionate gamers and successful entrepreneurs. Among other game companies in San Diego, it differs in that it focuses on a specific genre – MMORPG – and has been working on the multiplayer game Ashes of Creation for several years. This game was already awarded Most Anticipated MMORPG in 2017. Also, Intrepid Studios currently has plans for two undeclared projects in the Ashes of Creation universe. Ashes of Creation is currently in the alpha version. Thereafter, there will be two additional alpha testing phases, as well as two beta deployments prior to the final release of the game. Namazu Studios Location: San Diego Established: 2008 Employees: 50+ Namazu Studios is a development company specializing in interactive media, entertainment and games. Since 2008, they have been honing their experience in developing original software, as well as porting existing software to additional platforms. Despite the small staff, the studio can offer a comprehensive solution for the development of a game product. The team is developing in Unity for cross-platform compatibility and working in the field of mobile and console games, VR, AR and casinos. With expertise in a wide variety of fields such as film, television, enterprise development, medicine, industry, games and the arts, the studio can offer a gaming or gamification solution for any concept. Fastest Digital Location: San Diego Established: 2021 Employees: 100+ The youngest of all video game companies in San Diego, Fastest Digital not only deals with games but also video production. Their designers and animators have won several awards, and their portfolio already includes several striking projects. With an emphasis on developing a digital presence for their customers, the Fastest Digital team creates games for iOS, Android, and the web using powerful hybrid and native technologies. High Moon Studios Location: San Diego Established: 2002 Employees: 150+ Formerly Sammy Studios, now High Moon Studios is an American video game development and production company. Known as the developer of the first-person shooter game Darkwatch and the publisher of the 2D fighting game series Guilty Gear, developed by Arc System Works. It has also been involved in the creation of blockbusters such as Call of Duty and Transformers. High Moon Studios is led by award-winning veterans and production staff with over 200 years of collaborative development experience. The studio is owned by Activision, the first independent game developer for consoles and personal computers, founded in 1979. Empty Clip Studios Location: San Diego Established: 2007 Employees: 50+ Empty Clip Studios is another small video game development company based in San Diego and founded in July 2007. On September 8, 2008, the company released its debut game Groovin ‘Blocks, a music puzzle game for WiiWare. The iPhone puzzle game Glow followed on December 17, 2008. The studio’s next projects were the Auditorium puzzle for PS3/PSP, DLC for Final Fantasy XV called A King’s Tale for PS4 and Xbox One, and Symphony – an indie developed shoot-em-up video game released for Microsoft Windows in 2012 and ported for Linux and Mac OS X in 2014. Although they remained a small business, the team has released 32 games across platforms over the past 13 years, for a total of over 63 SKUs, mostly using their multi-platform RapidFire Engine. San Diego Studio Location: San Diego Established: 2001 Employees: 100+ A company with a highly eloquent locally colored name, San Diego Studio was founded in 2001 through the merger of Red Zone Interactive and 989 Sports. The first-party studio for SIE – Sony Interactive Entertainment – it is responsible for MLB The Show games. The studio has also developed TV series for NBA, The Mark of Kri, Pain, High Velocity Bowling, and Sports Champions. The most recent MLB game, MLB The Show 21, was released in April 2021 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, and for the first time in the series, the game became available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles. How to Choose the Most Reliable Partner? When choosing a partner among game companies in San Diego, pay attention to the specialization of the company. Often, they have either a specific focus or a technical or art direction with which they managed to work most intensively. Expertise can be checked not by the list of services on the website, but by the works presented in the portfolio. If you see there a lot of works related to the direction of game art or development you need, then you can work with this studio. If, of course, you are satisfied with the style and level of their skill. Also, don’t forget about team size. It may be unimportant for small projects like building a simple mobile game, but AAA games require a lot of specialists. A team of 10 people cannot physically create such a game for you. Also, always clarify how many experts are currently free and can be allocated to your project since a studio can deal with several projects in parallel. Conclusions If you are still hesitant about choosing a partner, pay attention to Kevuru Games studio. Its feature is versatility – for 10 years of work, it has formed departments of specialists for any game direction and task. Here you can create a game from scratch and bring it to the release stage on the platforms you need, or get specific services for creating art, animation, game design document, sound design, testing and any other services related to game production. The studio has experience working on AR and VR projects and has already implemented several gamification cases – adding a game element to a non-game environment to increase user engagement. A large team of 300+ people allows us to deal with even the most ambitious projects, and clear and transparent management ensures the impeccable accuracy of all timings.
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Top 7 New York Video Game Companies to Bring Your Project to Life
Top 7 New York Video Game Companies to Bring Your Project to Life
New York is the center of culture and information in America. It is here that the headquarters of the country’s leading television companies – CBS and NBC – are located. More than a hundred radio stations operate in this city, and newspapers and magazines are published that are popular around the world. But the most important thing for us is that there is a huge number of top game developers here. Rockstar Games, creator of the legendary GTA series, its parent company Take-Two Interactive, popular online game developer Zynga and many others have chosen New York as a great location for their headquarters. This is not surprising: New York is a city of opportunity, inspiration and color. It shakes you up and refills you with life, and it doesn’t matter where you have ve been or what you have seen before. It will stun you anyway, lift you to the sky like a tornado, and the landing will be either pleasant and soft, or hard and fatal – as luck would have it. Although not the capital, it is clearly the main city of the United States. It never sleeps, and it has something to surprise you with. Today we are focusing on video game companies in NYC that may be of assistance to you in your gaming endeavors. Advantages of Choosing Video Game Companies in New York The word dynamics goes well with New York – the dead season simply does not happen here. An incredible number of people from around the world have gathered here to fulfill their dreams and achieve more. With about 800 foreign languages, New York is the most linguistically diverse city in the world. You can imagine how much cultural diversity is concentrated here, and how well it can be projected onto the game craft. People working for gaming companies in NYC very rarely face such problems as local limitations, because the city has absorbed many cultures and characteristics of peoples of different countries. It creates gaming products that are popular all over the world, products that resonate with players of any nationality, and this is the main feature of gaming companies in New York. And now we turn to the promised list. 7 Notable Gaming Companies in New York Kevuru Games Location: US, Ukraine Established: 2011 Employees: 350+ Kevuru Games is a large outsourcing studio that provides a full cycle of gaming services, as well as performing individual game tasks: creating graphics and animation, programming, testing, sound design, etc. Unlike other video game companies in NYC that provide their services locally or are limited to their projects, Kevuru Games has a large customer pool across America and works with a wide variety of customer orders. Among the studio’s large American customers are EA, with which the team has been collaborating for 10 years on HOPA projects, and Lucasfilm: its virtual reality game Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge has been replenished with 3D characters created by the studio’s 3D team. In addition to gaming services, the studio is engaged in gamification – adding a gaming element to the non-gaming context to increase the engagement of the target audience. The company undertakes both small casual projects and orders of AAA scale. A versatile portfolio, a large staff of high-level specialists, leaders with more than 10 years of experience in the gaming industry make this studio a universal partner for any gaming task. Quytech Location: US,India Established: 2010 Employees: 100+ Quytech is one of the most versatile video game companies in NYC. It is engaged in the creation of mobile applications, blockchain applications, artificial intelligence development, web development, as well as game development with an emphasis on AR and VR. The company works with clients in healthcare, hospitality, FMCG, retail, real estate, education, travel and other business verticals. Quytech works with game engines such as Unity and Unreal Engine, applying them to create game projects for mobile devices and PCs. Zco Corporation Location: New York Established: 1989 Employees: 250+ Zco Corporation is a true old hand of game studios in New York with over 30 years of experience in software and game development. They provide their clients with a full range of mobile app development solutions, including customized mobile apps, games, enterprise software, 3D animation and art, as well as augmented and virtual reality apps. Speaking of games, the studio uses Unity and HTML5 technologies to create mobile games. If necessary, the game will be created on the basis of AR and VR. Extensive experience and a large skillful team of the company often become a reason for many clients to turn to them. Workinman Interactive Location: New York Established: 2006 Employees: 50+ Workinman Interactive is a game studio specializing in the creation of web and mobile devices. It has the necessary resources to develop cross-platform games and create related products. The team develops in Unity and HTML5 and publishes to mobile devices, Windows, AppleTV, FireTV, Android TV, Linux, Nintendo Switch, Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox, Oculus, Vive, etc. Other services include game art and animation, localization, gamification, augmented and virtual reality development, and quality testing. The studio was approached by such famous clients as Atari, Disney, Nintendo and others. Appeastern Location: New York Established: 2016 Employees: 50+ Appeastern is a software and mobile application and game development company. With their expertise in the game development market, they are competent in creating Android games, 3D modeling for iOS games, custom game development, e-learning games for mobile devices, game art design services, and cross-platform mobile game manufacturing. The studio’s approach to mobile game development combines virtual and real-world technologies with immersive AR, VR and MR technologies to take human-computer interaction to the next level. Appeastern has an AR and VR development team that provide game application development services, seamlessly integrating AR and VR into games. Darkwind Media Location: New York Established: 2007 Employees: 50+ Unlike other gaming companies in NYC, Darkwind Media is a small but highly experienced game development and consulting studio. It offers services for creating unique IP, as well as porting engines and porting games. To date, they have ported over 65 titles to 5 different mobile and embedded platforms. Their game customization team can not only tweak titles to optimize for different architectures, displays, and aspect ratios for new platforms, but can also add entirely new input paradigms like TV gyro controllers, hand gestures, and more. The game projects the team has worked on include action games Iron Man VR and Knockout City, an arcade game Wulverblade, an action-adventure game Repulique, etc. Darkwind Media engineers are also well versed in working with alpha and beta testing equipment. Velan Studios Location: New York Established: 2016 Employees: 50+ Velan Studios is a young development studio made up of a diverse team of industry veterans. An interesting fact: its employees, with their combined experience, created hundreds of games and sold millions of copies over the past 25 years. The studio’s most famous projects are a racing mixed reality game Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, released in 2020 for the Nintendo Switch, and a multi-platform action video game Knockout City, released in 2021 in partnership with Electronic Arts. In the first week of release, the game attracted 2 million players. How to Choose the Most Reliable Partner? Choosing the right partner among game studios in NYC can seem like a daunting task, as the local diversity and relentless pace can really be confusing. But we hope that our list will narrow your search for suitable candidates somewhat. Be guided by your goal first. If it’s a mobile game, look for a studio that has worked with a large number of mobile games and has a good understanding of them. If this is an AR/VR project, check if the studio has experience with such games or applications. If you are targeting the AAA segment, then your future partner must have a large staff and capacity in order to take on such a project – a studio of 50 people will not be able to help you with all the desire. Conclusions No matter what kind of game project you have in mind, Kevuru Games is a great choice. The advantage of this studio is that it is versatile – over 10 years of work in the gaming market, it has formed and equipped departments for each gaming task. There are game art and animation specialists, Unity and Unreal developers, game designers, sound designers, interface designers, testers and all associated managing specialists to ensure a flawless workflow. You can order the creation of a game from scratch or entrust the studio’s specialists with individual game tasks. The studio monitors the latest trends in the gaming market, uses the most modern versions of software and immediately implements the best practices. For example, a new service of gamification has already been introduced here – adding a game element to the non-gaming environment, which became very popular during the pandemic to increase customer engagement. To see firsthand the studio’s expertise, take a look at the portfolio – there you will see all the categories that Kevuru Games experts work with, and you will be able to form a clear opinion about the level of their skill.
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Best Las Vegas Gaming Companies: 7 Studios Ready to Offer More Than Just Gambling
Best Las Vegas Gaming Companies: 7 Studios Ready to Offer More Than Just Gambling
Las Vegas is one of the most famous American cities in the world. In fact, it is one huge place for recreation and all kinds of entertainment – the number of casinos, cabarets, bars and restaurants is simply off the charts. Las Vegas is a unique sociocultural phenomenon that arose under the pressure of peculiar American laws. Drowning in neon lights, this city is amazingly beautiful, especially at night. Interestingly, all Las Vegas casinos are located not in this city itself, but nearby, in the town of Paradise. There are over 80 casinos and several thousand gaming pavilions there. But is there a place for something other than gambling? How about gaming companies in Las Vegas? Are they here? Advantages of Choosing Video Game Companies in Las Vegas Of course, they are here, and this is not only slot machines and card games. Of course, staying away from gambling, being in its global epicenter, is quite difficult, but many Las Vegas gaming companies deal with it. Their feature is precisely in their location – the atmosphere of Las Vegas, the world capital of entertainment, the city of light and sins. It stimulates the emergence of the craziest and most original ideas, the creation of non-trivial and explosive game worlds, the most unexpected gameplay solutions and crazy stories. We have handpicked 7 gaming companies in Las Vegas that can create something totally incredible for you. Top 7 Gaming Companies in Las Vegas Kevuru Games Location: US, Ukraine Established: 2011 Employees: 350+ Kevuru Games is a gaming outsourcing studio with offices in the USA and Ukraine, a ten-year history and a large pool of specialists offering full-cycle development or customized gaming services. Selected services include the creation of 2D and 3D graphics and animation, programming, testing, game design and interface design, and gamification services – adding a game element to a non-gaming environment. In addition to an integrated approach and experienced staff, 60% of whom are top-level specialists, the studio boasts a huge pool of clients in the United States: Ultrabit, AdoreStudio, Pixelberry Studios and others. The studio’s famous case is a collaboration with Lucasfilm on 3D characters for the VR game Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge. Before the outbreak of the pandemic, Kevuru Games held a large number of roadshows throughout America and managed to earn a reputation as a reliable partner in the implementation of game projects. Petroglyph Games Location: Las Vegas Established: 2003 Employees: 150+ Petroglyph Games is a video game company made up primarily of former Westwood Studios employees following its disbandment by Electronic Arts and the merger with DreamWorks Interactive LLC and EA Pacific studios into EA Los Angeles. Collectively, the founders have over 100 years of experience creating award-winning and chart-topping games. Their experience ranges from PCs to next-generation gaming consoles, from fast-paced strategy and real-time simulations to action and adventure games. Notable games from the studio are a team-based PvP multiplayer game Earthbreakers, real-time strategy games like Gray Goo, Command & Conquer and Star Wars: Empire at War, a MMORPG Mytheon and others. Playstudios Location: Las Vegas Established: 2011 Employees: 250+ Playstudios is one of those Las Vegas gaming companies that can rightfully be called a real child of its city. It develops free-to-play casual games for mobile devices and social platforms. Most of them are slots, but there are also other genres. For example, in the studio’s portfolio, you will also find an RPG like Kingdom Boss. The company’s collection of original and published games builds on its pioneering playAWARDS loyalty marketing platform, which enables players to earn real-world rewards from a portfolio of global entertainment, retail, technology, travel, leisure and gaming brands in 17 countries across 4 continents. Private Division Location: US, Germany Established: 2017 Employees: 50+ Private Division is an American publisher of independent computer games. The company is headquartered in New York with offices in Seattle, Las Vegas and Munich. The studio is a division of Take-Two Interactive Software working with independent video game studios that are halfway between AAA games from major studios and indie games from new or smaller studios. It sets itself apart from other gaming companies in Las Vegas in that it enables independent game studios to develop games while providing the support they need to make their games commercially successful on a global scale. SciPlay Location: Las Vegas Established: 2012 Employees: 250+ SciPlay is a leading developer and publisher of digital games for mobile and web platforms. The studio creates fun social bingo, social casino and hyper casual games. For example, their social casino games are online versions of well-known slot machines from brands such as WMS, Bally, Barcrest and SHFL. The studio currently offers seven main games, including social casino games Jackpot Party Casino, Gold Fish Casino, Hot Shot Casino and Quick Hit Slots, as well as casual games MONOPOLY Slots, Bingo Showdown and 88 Fortunes Slots. Also, there are casual games Backgammon Live and Solitaire Pets Adventure. GAME-O-GAMI Location: Las Vegas Established: 2012 Employees: 50+ GAME-O-GAMI is a Las Vegas-based gaming studio that creates social games. The small team strives to create fun and original board and card games that can be played on mobile and PC. A special feature of the studio is that it launches campaigns to raise funds for its games on Kickstarter, consulting with future players regarding the key features of the game being created. Among the games created by the studio are a strategy board game about opposing mythologies Immortal Battlegrounds, a family card game Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!, a board game of gothic horror in ancient Rome Blood of Rome and others. JV Games Location: Las Vegas Established: 1994 Employees: 50+ A true veteran of Las Vegas gaming companies, JV Games creates high-quality games and business systems for mobile devices, PCs and consoles. The company is known for its games for GameBoy Advance and Wii video game consoles. They developed a number of games including James Bond 007: Nightfire for the Game Boy Advance as well as Pong Toss! Frat Party Games and Incoming! for WiiWare. The genres of the games created are varied: word games, party games, mini games, puzzle games, action games, card games, first-person shooters and others. How to Choose the Most Reliable Partner? When choosing a partner among gaming companies in Las Vegas, first of all, pay attention to the studio’s specialization. Often, they each have a strength that they focus on and which is best represented in their portfolio. If you are satisfied with examples of work that correlate with your project, then it makes sense to find out more about the terms of cooperation, models, scalability, and more. Feedback from previous clients can also be a great help in shaping the image of a potential partner. Testimonials can provide you with valuable information about about pipelines, building a custom team, and how the quality of the work performed met the promises. Conclusions We have looked at several well-known Las Vegas gaming companies so you don’t get lost among the many options when looking for a partner in the region. Most local game studios offer card and slot game creation, but there are more versatile options as well. For our part, we recommend the services of Kevuru Games: here you will find one of the most flexible approaches to cooperation and the widest range of services, from full-cycle game development to individual services for the creation of art and animation. The studio also offers the help of specialists who will test your game and experts who gamify your non-game application or product. The cooperation model is selected individually in accordance with the wishes and conditions set by the client. Both outsourcing and outstaffing schemes are available. A large staff of 300+ specialists allows taking on even the largest projects, and the prevalence of top-level specialists guarantees an impeccable result. In addition, since today we are in a somewhat playful mood from the mention of Las Vegas, it will not be superfluous to mention that Kevuru Games has a whole department dedicated to the slot machines and casino area of game art and development, and a large portfolio of slot games.
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Top Video Game Companies in Germany: 7 Reliable Options for Fruitful Collaboration
Top Video Game Companies in Germany: 7 Reliable Options for Fruitful Collaboration
What games come to mind first when you think of game studios in Germany? Most likely Far Cry and Crysis, both released by the German game studio Crytek. It is also the creator of the CryEngine game engine, the first engine to use the PolyBump tool, which is based on bump mapping technology. You may have heard of Deck13 as well. Their role-playing game Lords of the Fallen was voted Best German Game of 2015 by the jury for the 2015 Computer Game Awards. However, it is no longer a German studio – In June 2020, the French company Focus Home Interactive acquired Deck13 for 7.1 million euros. Germany is also known for Gamescom – an international exhibition of video games, which is held annually in the German city of Cologne, at the Köln Messe exhibition center. The event is aimed at people with a view to video games: consumers, fans, publishers, journalists and trade professionals, and the exhibition is also used by many video game developers to showcase upcoming games and gaming equipment. Gamescom is the world’s first largest gaming event in terms of exhibition space and number of visitors, as well as the largest gaming news fair of the year in Europe. In 2018, it had a total of 370,000 visitors and 1,037 exhibitors from 56 countries. Advantages of Choosing Video Game Companies in Germany Despite the fact that, unlike the USA or Japan, the share of games released in Germany is relatively low, there are still game outsourcing studios here. There are not as many of them as in Eastern Europe, since Germany is quite expensive for employers and the cost of production, in general, is much higher here. On the other hand, Germany offers qualified professionals good working conditions and a health care system, in other words, attracts them with its high quality of life. The market for mobile and browser games is by far the strongest in terms of sales in Germany. Three of the four largest game development studios in Germany are focused on developing such games. This is not a region where you get lost among the assortment of AAA developers, but it is possible to find good game development companies in Germany. We offer you a list of 7 gaming companies in Germany that can be useful to you in your gaming projects. Gaming Companies in Germany Kevuru Games Location: US, Ukraine Established: 2011 Employees: 350+ Kevuru Games is a game studio with offices in the USA and Ukraine with a ten-year history and a large staff of specialists offering full-cycle development services or customized gaming services. You can also order separate services: creating 2D and 3D graphics and animation, programming, testing, game design, interface design and sound design, as well as gamification services – adding a game element to a non-gaming environment. In addition to an integrated approach and seasoned staff, 60% of whom are top-level specialists, the studio boasts a huge client pool in Germany. Game studios are actively turning to Kevuru Games for individual tasks, as well as for the full cycle of game development from scratch. Among the famous clients of the studio are such world giants as EA, Epic Games, Lucasfilm and others. Private Division Location: US, Germany Established: 2017 Employees: 50+ Private Division is an American publisher of independent computer games. The company is headquartered in New York with offices in Seattle and Munich. The studio is a division of Take-Two Interactive Software dedicated to working with independent video game studios that are midway between AAA games from large studios and indie games from new or smaller studios. It stands out from other video game studios in Germany for enabling independent game studios to develop games while providing the support they need to make their games commercially successful on a global scale. Nurogames Location: Germany Established: 2006 Employees: 50+ Nurogames is an independent German game and software development company founded in 2006 in Cologne. The studio covers the entire game development pipeline – from the initial idea to the final product – for all major mobile, web, PC, consoles, VR, AR and XR platforms. Other areas of expertise include e-learning game development, game-based e-learning solutions, and social media service integration. The studio’s main specialization is virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for the gaming, social and educational spheres. Klang Games Location: Germany Established: 2013 Employees: 50+ Another representative of gaming companies in Germany, Klang Games is developing next generation games. The company started with three like-minded people with different work experience who share a similar passion for gaming and creating something special. The first project of Klang Games was ReRunners: Race for the World for iOS and Android devices, which was well received by the gaming press and the gaming community. The company strives to create sustainable products by providing a unique gaming experience, using innovative technologies, developing distinctive art styles and designs, and creating valuable communities. Yager Location: Germany Established: 1999 Employees: 130+ A true veteran of game development companies in Germany, Yager is an independent video game developer based in Berlin. The studio’s most famous project is the third-person shooter Spec Ops: The Line, which won the 2012 Inside Gaming Awards for Best Story from Machinima.com. The studio also worked with Deep Silver on Dead Island 2. In 2021, Tencent Holdings, which previously invested in Yager Development as a minority shareholder, increased its stake in Yager by acquiring a controlling stake. Now the studio specializes in creating multi-platform AAA action games for a global audience. Travian Games Location: Germany Established: 2005 Employees: 150+ Travian Games GmbH, headquartered in Munich, is one of the world’s leading providers of online games. Travian Games also acts as an international publisher for selected games. The studio is currently marketed with seven live products: Travian: Legends, Travian Kingdoms, Rail Nation, Miramagia, goalunited LEGENDS, Shroud of the Avatar, and UnitedGP. Products from the Travian Games portfolio are available in over 200 countries around the world and translated into 42 languages. Thus, the company can reach over 150 million registered and verified users worldwide. Travian Games GmbH products have also won numerous awards. Goodgame Studios Location: Germany Established: 2009 Employees: 250+ Despite the fact that Goodgame Studios is now owned by the Sweden-based company Stillfront Group that specializes in the acquisition and management of mobile and browser game studios, it remains a legendary online game developer founded in 2009 in Hamburg. The most popular products are Goodgame Empire and Goodgame Big Farm, for which the studio received animation assistance from Kevuru Games. The specificity of mobile and browser games from Goodgame Studios is that they are distributed free of charge to over 500 million players around the world. Prior to the acquisition, the studio had independently produced its games and, with a rich talent pool from over 40 countries, was one of the largest German employers in the gaming software industry. How to Choose the Most Reliable Partner? If you are interested in German gaming companies, the above list might come in handy. Keep in mind that each studio has its strengths, genres with which it has more experience, as well as different teams of specialists with different levels of professionalism. Always start from the presence of the required service in the list of services of a potential partner and a portfolio confirming this expertise. Feedback from previous clients can also be useful: often there are indicated not only positive aspects but also the problems that the client encountered during cooperation. Conclusions Game Studio Kevuru Games remains a versatile option for any gaming task. Even though it does not yet have a German division, a large number of German studios have collaborated with it on art and development issues. Here you will find any service you need to create a game: art and animation creation, game design, development, interface design, testing, sound design, etc. Kevuru Games is also engaged in gamification and already has several successful cases in this area. High quality, versatile team and German-style diligence distinguish this studio from others, and the full coverage of gaming services allows you to entrust it with any task up to the full cycle of creating a game from scratch.
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Diversification Lessons From Oleg Goncharenko, Owner and CEO of the Kevuru Games Outsourcing Studio: Goodfirms
Diversification Lessons From Oleg Goncharenko, Owner and CEO of the Kevuru Games Outsourcing Studio: Goodfirms
Incorporated in 2011 and based in Kyiv, Kevuru Games is a game development and art creation business with an excellent eye for detail, a solid rep for producing high-quality outcomes on time, outside-the-box reflection, and professional administration.  The team takes on game ideas of any complexity in order to bring them to life using cutting-edge technologies. Whether it’s mobile/web/PC games, art creation, or providing support for clients’ projects, the expert team offers attractive, effective, and productive solutions for each business in the required time frame. Kevuru Games invariably seeks top-tier expertise: artists, animators, and game developers to meet customer expectations. The company is always happy to offer successful aspirants great work with outstanding projects, cooperation with global market players, and highly competitive salaries in an energetic and friendly environment.  Kevuru Games is a business looking for new ways to expand and display the most electrifying gaming worlds. The team always goes the extra mile to produce unique game projects and eccentric illustrations recognized and highlighted by top-tier video game manufacturers, and to make their customers happy by creating unique and memorable gaming content that motivates millions of people around the world. The GoodFirms team interviewed Oleg Goncharenko, owner and CEO of Kevuru Games, to learn more about the company and its services.  At the beginning of the interview, Oleg mentions that Kevuru Games is a leading European game art and development studio producing entertainment projects for game publishers. With years of experience, Kevuru has delivered more than 100 projects and has been dedicated to the production of such world-famous projects as Fortnite (Epic Games), Star Wars (Lucasfilm), BigFarm, Empire: Age of Knights (Goodgame Studios), and others. Talking about the idea behind the business commencement, Oleg notes that Kevuru Games began its journey with the independent development of game projects. These were easygoing games for mobile devices.  Later, the atelier began to obtain the first clients who needed help creating 2D and 3D game art for their projects and co-development and full-cycle development services. After five years, the team completely immersed themselves in the client business and expanded their expertise to meet different art styles, game genres, and more requests. With regard to services, Kevuru Games develops individual cooperation schemes with each client, relying on the desired pipeline and time frames. The team’s specialization allows them to cover all gaming platforms and develop a great product that matches the imaginations of the customers and the preferences of the players. As a leading game development agency at GoodFirms, Kevuru is equally focused on developing full-cycle games from scratch, creating a unique art product, and porting games quickly and efficiently. The professional creators will guide your project through all stages, from game design to post-release maintenance, using their extensive knowledge and creativity. They are sure to make your gaming dream come true with customized full-cycle development services. Moreover, the experts strive to empower your development opportunities and extend your team with top level designers, senior programmers, and seasoned 2D and 3D creators. The team is well versed in game specifics in order to find the best implementation for any project. Thus, reaching an even wider audience and adding more functionality to the gameplay with our professional porting services to meet customer expectations in terms of quality and budget enables the firm to be uniquely positioned in the market. The review and the scorecard obtained at GoodFirms prove the potential of developers at Kevuru. Review: Scorecard: Besides game development, Oleg also gives a brief about animation services. He delightfully mentions that Kevuru is ideal for outsourcing animation services to help breathe life into characters, environments and props. Experienced animators have a deep knowledge of 2D and 3D animation, enabling Kevuru to create a high-quality product in line with industry standards and the latest trends for all types of games. The team works equally well with all types of animation. All of their animated assets are fully customizable according to the requirements of the customer’s project. Oleg is proud to mention the portfolio of animated design production services. What’s more, he adds that their animation team uses robust tools to accurately capture the nature of an animated film, cartoon, game, and advertisement. Thus, by providing outsourcing animation services at reasonable prices, Kevuru grabs a leading position at GoodFirms among top animation companies in Kyiv at GoodFirms. The review below testifies to the animators’ experience at Kevuru. In conclusion, Oleg reminds that Kevuru Games have been working in the gaming market for ten years. During this time, the team has proven to be a creative, professional and diligent partner trusted by many leading game publishers: EA, Epic Games, Socialpoint, Lucasfilm, Goodgame Studios and others. He also adds that all of their processes in any department, from PM to artists and developers, are completely transparent. Clients always know and understand precisely what team they are operating with, clearly see what is happening at each stage of work and how long it will take to work on a project. Oleg is glad to note that 90% of the company’s clients are satisfied with the cooperation, and 60% of them recommend Kevuru to their partners and acquaintances. In the coming years, Oleg predicts that the company will continue to expand the pool of game development services and will pay special attention to PC/console game development, co-development, porting as a strategic consulting area, functional quality assurance, localization, marketing services, etc. Thus, looking at the above-mentioned summary from Oleg’s interview, one can also read the detailed one he gave to the interviewer. About GoodFirms Washington, D.C.-based GoodFirms is a maverick B2B research and review firm that aligns its efforts in finding web development and ecommerce development service agencies delivering unparalleled services to its clients. GoodFirms’ extensive research process ranks the companies, boosts their online reputation and helps service seekers pick the right technology partner that meets their business needs. About the Author Working as a Content Writer at GoodFirms, Anna Stark bridges the gap between service seekers and service providers. Anna’s dominant role is to articulate the accomplishments and critical attributes of each company in words. She is a firm believer in the charm of words and offers new approaches that work great.
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Best Gaming Companies in Florida: Top 7 Picks Worth Paying Attention To
Best Gaming Companies in Florida: Top 7 Picks Worth Paying Attention To
What do you know about Florida? Surely the fact that this is one of the sunniest states in America, since more than three hundred days a year, warm and clear weather reigns here. So, it comes as no surprise that this state, home to over 20 million people, is the third most populous in the United States. Florida also boasts the longest coastline in the United States with a length of 2,170 km, covering many sandy and sunny beaches. In addition, wherever you are in the state, you will be separated by no more than 100 km from any beach in Florida. But we are more interested in Florida’s gaming potential. Florida is home to the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, developed in partnership with Electronic Arts (EA), to offer professional video game education in a world-class center in downtown Orlando. Since their inception in 2005, FIEA teachers have prepared students for careers in the gaming industry in the following specializations: level design, tech design, project management, modeling, tech art, animation and programming. At the same time, 78% of graduates were employed in a variety of gaming companies around the world, including leading market players. Some even stayed to work at local game studios. Which we are going to talk about. Advantages of Choosing Video Game Companies in Florida Obviously, FIEA graduates who decided to work together in Florida are highly qualified specialists with a specialized gaming education, which is rare. Usually, people come to the gaming field from related areas or adjust their artistic skills to the gaming specifics. This is not to say that there are too many game companies in Florida. This state is more about recreation and entertainment. But there is still a certain pool of game studios here. Moreover, as we said, these game studios in Florida are very well staffed and well qualified. Some companies with headquarters in Europe also open their branches here with an eye to low local competition and a pleasant location. We have selected some of the most resonant Florida video game companies with proven expertise and good reviews, and we invite you to check them out. Top Video Game Companies in Florida Kevuru Games Location: US, Ukraine Established: 2011 Employees: 350+ Kevuru Games is a large outsourcing studio providing full-cycle gaming services, as well as performing individual game tasks: creating art and animation, programming, testing, sound design, etc. Unlike other game companies in Florida that provide their services locally or are limited to their own projects, Kevuru Games has a large client pool across America and works on a wide variety of client orders. Among the studio’s large American customers are EA, with whom the team has been collaborating for 10 years on HOPA projects, and Lucasfilm – the virtual reality game Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge has been replenished with 3D characters created by the studio’s 3D team. In addition to gaming services, the studio is engaged in gamification – adding a gaming element to non-gaming contexts to increase target audience engagement. The company undertakes both small casual projects and orders of AAA scale. A versatile portfolio, a large staff of high-level specialists, leads with 10+ years of experience in the gaming industry make this studio a universal partner for any gaming task. Chromatic Games Location: Florida Established: 2009 Employees: 50+ Chromatic Games, formerly Trendy Entertainment, is an American video game development studio based in Gainesville, Florida. Created by veterans of the video game industry, this studio specializes in the development of innovative video games for iOS, Android, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows platforms. As Trendy Entertainment, the team developed an indie Dungeon Defense game in 4 weeks using the Unreal Engine. The game formed the basis for Dungeon Defenders, released in 2011 and sold over 600,000 copies within two years of its release. Kef Sensei Studios Location: Florida Established: 2009 Employees: 25+ Kef Sensei is an independent game development studio specializing in fun casual games for PC, Mac, iOS, Android and Facebook. The team create custom games for publishing by third-party publishers and also provides content development services for other studios. Famous studio games – online turn-based strategy game Runestrike, free to play hidden object game Hidden Express for mobile devices and Facebook, and others. Argentics Location: US, Ukraine, Israel Established: 2018 Employees: 25+ With offices in Ukraine, the United States and Israel, Argentics studio offers full-cycle game development and game art outsourcing. The staff consists of people with extensive experience in the gaming industry, and although the team is small, it has all the specialists it needs to create a game from scratch. In addition to classic game art outsourcing services, the team offers game design and AR/VR/XR consulting, and NFT game creation. The studio’s portfolio contains several examples of VR- and AR-based projects, and among famous clients you can see EA, Epic Games, Ubisoft and Playrix. Cubix Location: US, United Arab Emirates Established: 2008 Employees: 250+ Cubix is a mobile applications, games and enterprise software development studio with offices in the United States and the UAE. Cubix has the artistic resource, technological expertise and the right team size to create 2D, 3D and isometric games, blockchain applications, and VR games. For 13 years of work, the studio has taken part in the creation of more than 500 games. Notable games from the studio are RPG Space Pirate, RPG Bright Farm, runner game Zombie FU, etc. The studio has collaborated with clients such as DreamWorks, Walmart, PayPal and others. Juego Studios Location: US, India Established: 2011 Employees: 100+ With offices in India, the UK, Kuwait and several states in America, Juego Studios is one of the largest game companies in Florida. In addition to game art and development for mobile devices, PCs, consoles and AR/VR, the studio offers web development and gamification services. Notable clients of the company – Disney, Sony, Warner Bros. Entertainment, et. The studio has a good experience of working with AR/VR solutions and a portfolio confirming this expertise, which concerns not only the gaming sphere but also automotive, banking, education, healthcare and others. Digital Tales Location: US, Italy Established: 2006 Employees: 50+ We conclude our hit parade of game studios in Florida with an Italian company with a subsidiary in the United States called Digital Tales. Digital Tales develops games for platforms such as iOS, Android, PC, Web, IPTV, Wii/DS, PSP, and WP8. The studio’s games include Ducati Challenge, Bravura: Quest Rush and Battleloot Adventure, which won the Best Italian Indie Game award. Digital Tales’ key areas of interest in the gaming arena are racing and action-adventure, powered by the proprietary C++ cross-platform framework and third-party engines. In addition to creating their own games, the studio collaborates with renowned developers and publishers. How to Choose the Most Reliable Partner? The choice of game companies in Florida is not too large – this sunny state is much more famous for its beaches and vacation spots. However, there is a certain number of potential partners for gaming cooperation. To choose the one that suits you, first of all, you need to clearly formulate what you want from video game studios in Florida. A game for PC, mobile or console? Casual or AAA? Cross-platform or exclusive for one platform? Or maybe AR/VR solutions? Gamification? Each of the above game studios in Florida has its strengths, so build on their descriptions to see which one suits you best. Pay attention to the size of the studio staff. A large project requires a large number of employees, and with all the desire a team of 20 people will not be able to cope with it in the time frame you need. Specialization also plays a role: when ordering the development of an NFT game, make sure that the game studio understands the specifics of such projects and is not undertaking them for the first time. Conclusions Whether you are looking for game development, game art or animation, testing, game design, YH / YI, or any other service, Kevuru Games is a great choice. For 10 years on the market, the studio managed to work with the leading games of the market: Epic Games, Lucasfilm, EA, Bandai Namco and others. Here you will find commands for any game task. High-level specialists guarantee the highest quality results, while sophisticated management eliminates the worry of administrative issues and ensures flawless timings. If necessary, you can request a portfolio of the direction you need in art, if you have not seen samples of interest to you in the extensive portfolio of the studio. Kevuru Games undertakes both small and large-scale projects, fulfilling all tasks with the same high quality.
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Top 7 Video Game Companies in Chicago
Top 7 Video Game Companies in Chicago
Regardless of whether you prefer action-adventure, arcade, fighting, shooter or even racing genre, you have most likely met games with a setting that dates back to Chicago: EA Sports UFC, Tom Clancy’s HAWX, Hitman: Absolution, Need for Speed: ProStreet, etc. Or a fictionalized version of the Chicagoland area, as is the case with Watch Dogs. Ubisoft did an excellent job of capturing the main sights, sounds, and general atmosphere of Chicago for its immersive open-world hackathon. But Chicago is not only an interesting place to display in the game. It is also a very prolific and active city of video game creation. There are a large number of studios producing high-quality games for PC, consoles and mobile devices. Chicago gaming companies are incredibly productive, distinctive and locally unique. But let’s talk about everything in turn. Advantages of Choosing Video Game Companies in Chicago Why is Chicago a hotbed for game development? This city was the first to distribute pinball and arcade bars. People now have the opportunity to play various vintage video games in public places. It also houses the Chicago Gamespace, a video game museum where visitors learn, play and get inspired by a collection of the most important video games of the 20th century. It includes a permanent collection, special exhibitions, a library of video game-related magazines and books, and a video game art reproduction store. There are so many Chicago gaming companies that it’s time to get confused among them. Therefore, our task is to select the most remarkable of them and have them handed to you on a silver platter. Best Gaming Studios in Chicago Kevuru Games Location: US, Ukraine Established: 2011 Employees: 350+ Kevuru Games is a game studio with offices in the USA and Ukraine with a ten-year history and a large pool of specialists offering full-cycle development services or individual game services. Individual services include the creation of 2D and 3D art and animation, programming, testing, game design and interface design, as well as gamification services – adding a game element to a non-game environment. In addition to an integrated approach and experienced staff with 60% senior-level specialists, the studio boasts a huge pool of clients in the USA: Ultrabit, AdoreStudio, Pixelberry Studios and others. The studio’s well-known case is a collaboration with Lucasfilm on 3D characters for the game Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge. Before the outbreak of the pandemic, Kevuru Games held a large number of roadshows across America and managed to earn a reputation as a reliable partner in gaming tasks. Babaroga Location: Chicago Established: 2011 Employees: 50+ Babaroga is an Illinois-based game development studio specializing in mobile games for Android and iOS. Founded in 2002, over almost 20 years of operation, the company has managed to create licensed games for Disney Interactive and Electronic Arts, as well as original games for Microsoft and Glu. Among the well-known projects is the version of the popular board game Zombies !!! adapted for Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and iOS. Wishbone Club Location: Chicago Established: 2019 Employees: 15+ Wishbone Club is a custom engagement platform designed specifically to create positive experiences and enhance interactions between brands and consumers. It stands out from other Chicago gaming companies in that it focuses primarily on gamification – it implements gaming reward programs for medical company products, allowing their users to take care of their health in a fun and exciting way. High Voltage Software Location: Hoffman Estates Established: 1993 Employees: 200+ High Voltage Software is a video game developer based in the village of Hoffman Estates, Illinois. One of the oldest Chicago gaming companies, it was founded in 1993 and gained maximum fame after the release of the game Hunter: The Reckoning, as well as The Conduit and its sequel for the Nintendo Wii console. Since 2016, the company has been releasing games designed for virtual reality devices, developed in partnership with the Oculus VR studio. Among the company’s well-known projects is work on Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon and Saints Row, as well as collaboration with NetherRealm on Mortal Kombat games. The company’s latest VR shooter, Damaged Core, has been voted by some as the best game for the Oculus Rift. Iron Galaxy Studios Location: Chicago Established: 2008 Employees: 50+ Iron Galaxy Studios is an American computer games company that works under contract with major developers to provide technical advice and port games to various platforms. Iron Galaxy Studios debuted its first original work Wreckateer in 2012. The company’s second original game was Divekick, released in 2013. The company worked on the Bioshock series as well as Killer Instinct, Borderlands and Destiny. The number of games ported by the studio has exceeded 50, and the porting-available platforms include Android and iOS, Xbox, PS, Windows, Wii, Nintendo Switch, HTC Vive and others. Jackbox Games Location: Chicago Established: 2008 Employees: 50+ Jackbox, formerly known as Jellyvision Games, produces party games for PC, consoles, mobile and Amazon Fire TV. Best known for the You Don’t Know Jack quiz series of party games. The company introduced a unique feature that allowed the game to be played using smartphones and tablets as controllers rather than real game controllers. Another famous game from the studio, Fibbage: The Hilarious Bluffing, released for Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, uses phones-as-controllers technology, allowing up to 8 players to bluff to trick other players. No real physical controllers are not used for the game. Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore Location: Chicago Established: 2001 Employees: 50+ Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore is an American video game developer who created the console version of the MMO World of Tanks series. Wargaming’s Chicago-based subsidiary, formerly known as Wargaming West and Day 1 Studios, also developed games such as F.E.A.R. 3 and Fracture. The company’s first project was the Xbox-exclusive computer game MechAssault, published by Microsoft Game Studios in November 2002. In December 2004, a sequel was released – MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf – which was also published by Microsoft Game Studios exclusively for the Xbox console. How to Choose the Most Reliable Partner? Among the abundance of Chicago gaming companies, choosing a reliable partner can seem like a daunting task. But in fact, their choice can be greatly reduced if you have specific requirements. Many of the gaming companies in Chicago are dedicated exclusively to mobile gaming, while others specialize in PC and console games. Knowing what you need, you can already narrow down the list of candidates according to the submitted expertise. Pay attention to the studio experience and how the number of years on the market matches the number of completed projects. A team may have been surfing the game sphere for a long time, but if, along with a dozen years of operation, it has few projects in its portfolio, then most likely it indicates passivity, or problems with specialists, or quality issues. Speaking of portfolios, see right away those works that fit the style you want. If there are no such works, check with the studio for their availability – perhaps they simply did not fit into the main portfolio and exist in the form of a separate presentation sent on request. Most video game companies in Chicago have a lot of experience and expertise, but not all work with the models you want. Pay attention to those models of cooperation that are offered by different Chicago video game studios and choose those partners who are ready to provide you with the terms of cooperation that are convenient for you. Conclusions We’ve reviewed several well-known video game studios in Chicago so that you don’t get lost among the many titles when looking for a partner in this region. For our part, we recommend the services of Kevuru Games: here you will find one of the most flexible approaches to cooperation and the widest range of services, from full-cycle game development to individual services for art and animation creation. Also, the studio offers the help of specialists who will test your game and experts who will gamify your non-game application or product. The cooperation model is selected individually in accordance with the wishes and conditions set by the client. It is available to apply both outsourcing and outstaffing schemes. A large staff of 300+ experts make it possible to take on even the largest projects, and the prevalence of senior-level specialists guarantees an impeccable result.
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Illustrative Examples of Gamification in Business: Cases From Global Brands, Key Principles and Actual Pricing
Illustrative Examples of Gamification in Business: Cases From Global Brands, Key Principles and Actual Pricing
Every year the term gamification is gaining momentum in the world. Requests for product gamification during quarantine have grown tremendously. At a time when a company needs to connect with a client remotely, gamification is one of the few effective ways to do this. Suck a technique increases brand engagement and loyalty. Both large industries with solid marketing budgets and small companies want to gamify their product and thus differentiate their brand, stand out in a highly competitive environment and, of course, increase profits. Why It’s Not Just a Game: Definition of Gamification According to Gartner, an American research and consulting company that specializes in information technology markets, gamification is the use of game mechanics to stimulate participation in non-game business scenarios and change the behavior of target audiences. In simple terms, gamification is about adding game elements to a non-game context. Let’s take a look at the Google Trends chart. From timid attempts to research the topic in 2009 to a consistently high level of interest in recent years, gamification has firmly established itself in the market as an innovative practice that shows amazing results in the right hands. The reason is simple – people love games. Gamification touches upon the basic human need for self-realization. At the same time, the game involves, immersing a person in the game universe and giving an incentive to return to it again and again. Points, badges, levels, and awards are some of the most popular components of gamification. Integrating game mechanics into business processes, marketing campaigns, websites, apps, online communities, or school classes and college courses has proven to be an effective and fun way to encourage engagement of the target audience. But despite the terminology, gamification of business processes is not just a game transferred to a slightly different environment. The goal of gamification is to find fun, engaging, stimulating and self-sufficient ways to shape the desired user behavior. There must be a real value behind the fun. Why You Should Use Gamification? According to a study by Newzoo, the global gaming, eSports and mobile analytics platform, 2021 will bring the gamification market more than € 180 billion at 100% growth. And the CAGR of the gamification market will grow by 30.1% between 2020 and 2025. When it comes to marketing, which is often inextricably linked to gamification, it is true that many modern companies gamify their marketing activities to achieve customer acquisition and retention goals. Take Myntra, an Indian online fashion retailer, one of the best gamification examples. Back in 2019, the company gamified its app to increase brand awareness and sales. The app allows users to play games in exchange for points and rewards. It also provides information on current fashion trends in the market. As a result, this approach attracted significant traffic to the application. During the campaign, more than 650,000 users interacted with the platform. In 2021, Myntra continues to use gamified mega-marketing campaigns to reach another 250 million customers. But the issue of gamification is not limited to single marketing. Gamification can help cope with the physical to digital transition, keep staff motivated, and increase employee productivity. FreshDesk is one of the successful gamification examples. They provide a cloud-based support platform serving over 40,000 customers. In 2012, FreshDesk used gamification to engage its customers in their daily tasks. In turn, this increased the productivity of the team, which resulted in a 1000% increase in revenue in the first year after launch. Who is the Target Audience of Gamified Products? According to Kevin Werbach’s and Dan Hunter’s book For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize your Business, there are three main types of gamification: Internal gamification targeted at company employees.External gamification targeted at company’s customers.Behavior-changing gamification that can target both employees and customers. Internal gamification can be used in a variety of ways: to increase production and efficiency, improve internal processes, etc. Gamification brings pleasure to traditional workflows to ultimately generate intrinsic motivation. One of the best internal gamification examples in the enterprise is Deloitte, whose goal was to encourage consultants around the world to share valuable knowledge on their social intranet powered by a proprietary mobile application. By combining its internal Who What Where geolocation service with a mobile solution developed by technology company Badgeville, Deloitte created a reward system that recorded each consultant’s check-in, providing information on who they met, what they discussed and where the meeting took place. For each valid check-in, consultants receive remuneration and status in accordance with a certain experience. External gamification uses the same basic principles as internal gamification but focuses on the outside of the enterprise, that is, the customers. Typical applications are in marketing: increasing brand loyalty, boosting sales, attracting new customers and retaining old ones, and so on. A successful external gamification example is Fitocracy. Fitocracy users enter their workout programs on the company’s website through the in-game app and earn points and new levels based on specific achievements, which are structured to provide equal motivation to all users, regardless of their current fitness state. This was done using one of the most powerful gamification tools – social communities. In the Fitocracy community, users can share experiences, change workout schedules, and then set tasks and assignments that lead to rewards – better fitness on the one hand, and social recognition and status on the other. But instead of trying to build a community around the product, Fitocracy’s creators built the community around the workout experience itself, allowing users to play an active role rather than just being Fitocracy app buyers. As a result, Fitocracy has built a base of over a million users around the world. Source: Fitocracy The popularity of gamification in a wide variety of industries will continue to grow. These include IT, banking, the public sector, and even the military. Notably, the ongoing boom in the IT sector in the next few years will lead to an expansion of gamification throughout the industry. For example, IT companies will gamify large-scale recruiting activities to streamline the job application process. Recruiters will conduct virtual screenings and assessment tests to filter and select candidates. The US Army has launched a gaming platform to support its operations. Specifically, applicants can test their skills and see if they have what it takes to become a soldier. Driving simulators for various military and civil vehicles have long been shown to be effective. Key Principles of Gamification There are many principles of gamification that are prioritized based on its target audience. But in general, one can single out key positions that will almost always be relevant for any gamification cases: Motivation. A person will not get involved in gamification initiatives if the game does not imply some adequate reward in the event of a successful gaming session. It is important to skillfully combine virtual rewards, such as the name of the person at the top of the leaderboard, and material incentives that vary depending on the type of gamification (bonus or extra day off for an employee, discount or physical bonus for a client). Evolution. After the main game cycle is determined, and users understands what is required of them in the game, you cannot keep them at the same level for a long time. As the skill of users grows, they must begin to face difficulties, overcoming which will help they to better understand and record their progress. At the same time, rewards also evolve – the more effort users put in to complete the abstract “level”, the more valuable their reward should be.Limited resources. Many mobile games have currency or resources that players use to try to build the best base, city or village. By deciding how to spend these limited resources, they gain a sense of autonomy, authority, and achievement. An example is the dating app Tinder, where players get a limited number of super likes per day.A sense of ownership. If players can personalize something, then they will be more interested in the product as a whole. You need to give users something that they will love and appreciate, so that they have a better chance of staying with your product, and not going to a competitor. Examples of gamification include player avatars on the popular Bitmoji app or the Mayor status on Foursquare.Social integration. It’s not just adding a social feature to the app that matters, but rather making it a core part of a larger experience, showing off your status and accomplishments to other people. MyFitnessPal and Strava have incorporated social media into their apps. By allowing users to share runs, personal bests, and compete for best times on various tracks around the world, Strava has become one of the most successful fitness apps to date. Gamification in Business: Examples of Famous Brands The introduction of gamification by the world’s most popular brands is always the most striking and impressive example, attracting the most attention. Let’s take a look at a few gamification cases from well-known companies. The Example of Social Gamification Foursquare Foursquare is a great example of social gamification. By checking in somewhere, you get points. By registering at a previously unvisited location, you will receive even more points. You can then compare the number of points you have earned on the leaderboard with your friends. You can also earn badges for completing special activities such as a check-in on a boat or check-in with more than 50 people in one location. If you check in at a location more often than anyone else, you become the “Foursquare Mayor” of that location. Many cafes around the world offer “mayors” certain compliments in the form of free coffee, snacks or discounts. This user experience is particularly game-like and has generated a lot of excitement among users. Foursquare has become a popular example of an app that increases user engagement through the gamification of its loyalty program. As a result: By incorporating gamification into its mobile app, Foursquare has grown 10x in five years. The Example of Gamification in E-learning Duolingo The Duolingo language learning platform has set itself the goal of making learning not only fun but even addictive. The company’s product managers believe that gamification helps users develop everyday learning habits that are critical to the app’s popularity. Almost the entire app is designed as a game – a holistic approach to making language learning fun. Of the individual gamification features of Duolingo, we can highlight the experience points gained by students after completing lessons or practice sessions; levels that are unlocked upon reaching a certain threshold of experience or the number of words learned; as well as lingots – in-game currency earned by players for the implementation of various goals with the ability to spend it on new lessons, bonuses and even new virtual clothes for the Duo owl, the main mascot of the application and a learning assistant. As a result: The Duolingo platform, which uses gamification to teach languages ​​to users through mobile devices, has grown its user base to over 300 million. Source: Duolingo Example of Gamification in Training Autodesk Autodesk software company specializing in 3D modeling, design and entertainment applications found that users who used the app at least three times during the trial were more likely to turn into customers. Then the company decided to find a way to increase the conversion rate of the trial – using gamification to create engaging tutorials and reward users. Users moved up the leaderboard as they earned points in the virtual “missions” of the online game Undiscovered Territory. For their efforts, top users received a reward. At the same time, the company hooked up a social influencer by connecting users to their social media and community platforms, including YouTube and Facebook. The competitive spirit and the drive to share successes with friends increased not only engagement but also the income from each trial. As a result: Autodesk leveraged gamification to increase conversion rates by 15% and revenue from each trial by 29%. Content Gamification Example Starbucks With a focus on employee motivation and customer loyalty, Starbucks launched the My Starbuck Rewards program. It uses gamification techniques to increase customer engagement and retention. Members can earn points or stars for every purchase and redeem them for certain items, free food and drinks. The more stars, the higher the status of customers, which, in turn, opens up privileges for them such as free drinks on their birthday or free coffee refills. The higher the status, the more benefits and privileges. It is this system that fosters Starbucks customer loyalty. This gives them a sense of achievement and reinforces their desire to continue to connect with the brand. As a result: After deploying the Starbucks Rewards app, Starbucks’ revenue increased $2.65 billion and the membership program attracted 25% more loyal customers. Source: Starbucks How the Gamification Boom Is Affecting the Gaming Industry Game art and game development studios take on new challenges with great enthusiasm and are ready to offer clients a wide variety of ideas according to their needs. And the latter have really grown, become larger and more interesting. Gamification in the gaming industry is becoming a separate area of ​​services: here it is very important to fully immerse oneself in the business and values ​​of clients in order to develop a product for them that will be interesting and in demand by their target audience. In 2020, gamification took on a second wind. If, before the start of the pandemic, its implementation in various types of businesses could be postponed due to more pressing issues and needs, then when all physical social contacts ceased, the virtual environment demonstrated its full power. Large companies that managed to gamify their business were one step ahead with the ability to connect with their customers remotely and involve them in their new initiatives in a playful way. The same went for small and medium-sized organizations – those who had already gamified their website or application were able to differentiate themselves from competitors and provide their users with the much-desired and addictive gaming interaction. Recently, many companies contacted us with a request to develop gamified apps for their projects. In the second year of quarantine, the number of applications increased by 15-20%. Gamification Cases from Kevuru Games If you keep track of what requests have come and continue to come, you can once again see that gamification is becoming a necessity for absolutely any business area: from sales to sports and education. For example, here are some of the most interesting queries that Kevuru Games have worked with: Sports sphere. Creation of a wakesurfing simulator – riding a board behind a towing boat. The client wanted a simulation application that could be used at various exhibitions and events to demonstrate to people the basics and specifics of this sport without having to leave the land.Education sphere. Development of a virtual application for a higher educational institution. Due to the pandemic, the organization could not hold an open day and introduce those who wish to all of its educational opportunities. The goal of the gamified product was to attract the attention of students and demonstrate not just dry facts, but the entire atmosphere of the learning environment, its unique capabilities, as well as the introduction of an interactive chat with the teaching staff.Retail industry. A game project for a large retail network, within which a person came into contact with all the proposals of the company. Using the application, users could develop their virtual store, transferring all the capabilities of the real network to the online world. The main goal of such a product was to attract more people to stores and strengthen their connection with the brand.Oil industry. A large company in the oil industry wanted to increase the involvement of its employees by introducing elements of gamification into the corporate training system. This way, employees would not read lengthy documentation and immerse themselves in numerous presentations.Dating sphere. The dating app owner wanted to implement game mechanics so that people can get to know each other while playing. Thus, it was possible to bypass competitors – large promoted dating applications. Like any project, a gamified product takes a certain amount of time to evaluate, develop, and release. And the more complex the application, the more time it takes. But already now, Kevuru Games has a pool of completed gamified projects that have really become very successful and in demand. One of those that we can name according to the NDA is, for example, the PureStream trading simulator. This gamification project was to create a trading simulator where people could practice and observe the results of their actions before starting the actual trading. This simulator modernizes the price and liquidity discovery process using open liquidity transfer rates similar to the protocols used in data networks. This way traders get better liquidity, correct prioritization and logical order matching based on their relevance. PureStream pulls market price and volume data through a consolidated feed. As a result, traders have the same picture as in the case of real trading, but all this happens in a playful way and does not bear any financial risks. Source: PureStream How Much Does It Cost to Gamify Your Project? It is difficult to name the exact cost of gamification of the product: the number of factors influencing the final price is too large, and the scope of ideas potentially possible for implementation is too diverse. However, if we take a certain abstract average project and assume that a team of 5 people (art director, game designer, artist, animator, tester) will work on it for 1-3 months, then we can talk about amounts from $30,000. Naturally, if a project requires more specialists and more time, let’s say, a year, then we will talk about hundreds of thousands of dollars. Investing in gamification is not a risky adventure or a waste. Examples of large and small companies around the world have shown that such investments have a high ROI and, depending on the purpose and focus of gamification, return after a year or two. Companies get more inspired and motivated employees in the case of internal gamification and engaged, loyal customers in the case of internal gamification. Gamification is the future. And if you clearly understand and accept this, then the market advantage will definitely be on your side. Do not hesitate to contact Kevuru Games for gamification services: we are ready to offer you a full cycle of gamification of your product from scratch entirely on our side or in cooperation with you, as well as individual services for creating specific art elements, writing a game design document or testing a finished product.
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Best Games to Stream on Twitch in 2022: Top Titles for Professionals & Beginners
Best Games to Stream on Twitch in 2022: Top Titles for Professionals & Beginners
Have you heard about Twitch? Most likely, yes, if the topic of game streaming has not bypassed you at least indirectly. Founded in 2011, Twitch is a video streaming service specializing in computer games and eSports tournaments. There you can also find broadcasts of musical performances or poker tournaments, as well as streams of the Just Chatting category, where streamers communicate with their audience, give useful lectures or watch videos, films, cartoons and TV series together. So what, you say? The fact is that Twitch has more than half a billion visitors per month, more than 2 million streamers per month and almost 3 million average concurrent viewers. And these numbers continue to rise. Twitch is reckoned with, Twitch is watched, and Twitch is respected. With the help of Twitch, you can attract a large audience both to a specific personality of the streamer and to a specific game. There you can meet people streaming the legendary games of the late nineties – Heroes of Might and Magic III forever. In general, with due effort, the possibilities of working with the audience here seem to be truly limitless. Why Twitch is So Attractive as a Streaming Platform In fact, Twitch isn’t just attractive or desirable. Twitch is the king of streaming platforms. Despite some attempts by competitors, Twitch remains at the top. This is easily proven by looking at statistics. According to Twitchtracker, Twitch receives an average of 92,000 live streams every day from over a million unique streamers. This is approximately 63,000,000 daily viewed hours of broadcasts taking place on the platform. The number of unique games has exceeded 2300 and will continue to grow, thereby attracting a new audience. Source: Twitchtracker.com But that’s not all. According to analytics from Streamlabs for Q3 2021, Twitch had 5.79 billion watched hours. And this is an absolute victory. The second place is taken by Facebook Gaming with 1.29 billion hours, the third – by YouTube Gaming Live with 1.13 billion hours. Thus, Twitch takes 70.5% of the viewed hours, leaving Facebook Gaming with 15.7% and YouTube Gaming Live with 13.8% far behind. Source: Streamlabs.com As for the most popular games for Q3 2021, be prepared for a surprise – the Just Chatting category outperformed with 707.53 million hours watched. The second place goes to the legendary GTA V with 656.32 million hours watched, and the third – to the League of Legends with 442.57 hours watched. While we’re all about games here, it’s good news that a simple chinwag still has the edge. Source: Streamlabs.com To a large extent, Twitch’s popularity is due to the fact that you can stream and watch streams from anywhere. It is available through a browser on any Mac or PC device, iOS and Android smartphones, and even consoles. How to Get Twitch’s Favor Do you think it’s impossible to break into these crazy numbers with your streams? But after all, an average of 2.5 million concurrent viewers gathers here every day. Why do you think your stream has no chance? There is always someone interested in watching your stream. The most important thing is to attract these people, to declare your existence. Key tip: start from the list of the most played games on Twitch and choose for steaming the ones where you can demonstrate your extraordinary gaming skills or non-standard approach to the walkthrough. At first, statistics on the most popular games will be your best friend and advisor. Some games lose popularity over time, while others suddenly fall into the spotlight of viewers and streamers. It is important to understand that it makes no sense to try to broadcast games that are in the first positions in terms of views – you simply will not be noticed. But it’s also pointless to stream games that only you and their developers know about – you don’t want your cat to watch your stream exclusively, and even then, without much enthusiasm? We have compiled two lists of games for Twitch – one will suit you if you already have a certain audience and you strive not only to increase it, but also to make money on it, and the second will be good for beginner streamers seeking to assert themselves on this amazing platform with huge opportunities. How to Choose Best Games to Stream on Twitch Abstracting from the categorization of streamers, let’s initially just define for what purpose you are streaming. It may be just a desire to show your game and skills, or it may be a desire to turn streaming into a stable source of income. In either case, you should only broadcast the games that you like – viewers will immediately feel fake if you play with an obvious effort just because a particular game is popular. If you are streaming purely for yourself and do not particularly strive to actively increase the audience of your channel, then virtually any games are suitable for you, from AAA titles to indie projects or board games for companies. But if you want to engage in professional streaming and make money on it, then you need to carefully analyze the statistics and choose games with a barrier of entry suitable for you. 8 Best Games for Professional Streaming on Twitch Please note that this list has been compiled in accordance with the current position of games on Twitch as of November 2021 based on their average viewership. Grand Theft Auto V Number of average viewers: 163K Number of followers: 50.1M Grand Theft Auto V is a truly iconic open-world action-adventure game that has continued to grow in popularity since its release in 2013. GTA V is not only the most expensive game in development and marketing in history ($ 265 million) but also one of the most popular – in 2021, its combined sales on all platforms exceed 135 million copies, second only to the sales of Minecraft. The latest update and the introduction of the multiplayer mode have further inflamed the passion for the game among streamers and viewers. After all, here we see an open world where you can do anything – go through a campaign, do business and just explore vast territories. As of late, Twitch had an average of 2,500 channels with over 170,000 viewers who couldn’t deny themselves the pleasure of watching their favorite GTA stream. These numbers make the game one of the best games to stream on Twitch. If not the best. League of Legends Number of average viewers: 130K Number of followers: 32M League of Legends constantly competes with GTA V for the second place in the rankings of the best games to stream on Twitch after the Just Chatting category. Or the official first place among games. At the time of this writing, according to TwitchTracker, League of Legends gives way to GTA V with roughly 130,000 monthly viewers versus GTA V’s 162,000 viewers. This is one of the most played MOBAs and the most popular games on Twitch with a record 8 million concurrent players. It is distributed free-to-play and has a huge community around the world. During each round of the game, two teams of five players face off against each other on a special kind of map. Each player controls one champion character – these champions differ in characteristics and abilities and are better suited for a particular role in the team. During the match, champions earn experience points and gold, can acquire new abilities, improve their characteristics and acquire items. In the main game mode, each team must destroy the enemy nexus – a special valuable structure on the map – and prevent the opposing team from destroying their nexus. At the same time, streamers can play, competing or uniting with their viewers live. So, it is not surprising that the game is confidently leading this top. At this stage, we can see about 3,300 channels streaming LoL on Twitch with an average of 200,000 viewers per month. Apex Legends Number of average viewers: 88.8K Number of followers: 14.4M Released just 2 years ago, Apex Legends found its audience incredibly fast, appreciating the new word in the combination of multiplayer first-person shooter and battle royale. The game was developed in secrecy and was released suddenly, without any prior marketing campaign. The surprise aroused interest not only among potential players but also among popular streamers. Since its release, Apex Legends has not left its leading position on Twitch, overtaking its direct competitors – Fortnite and PUBG and becoming one most of popular games on Twitch. The team component in Apex Legends is worked out much deeper than that of other representatives of the genre. So, it comes as no surprise that there is no solo mode here. Surviving alone is extremely difficult and the developers in every possible way push players to interact between squad members. Unlike other battle royals, where all players control the same characters at the beginning of the battle, Apex Legends offers to choose one of the heroes with their unique abilities before the start of each match. The game also uses an unusual ping system for the battle royale genre – signals that can be given to teammates in a group to get their attention. Playing Apex does not make you feel lonely, even if the whole team is silent. The game boasts an impressive number of streaming channels – almost 5,500, with 88,000 viewers per month. Minecraft Number of average viewers: 86.6K Number of followers: 40.3M The most famous sandbox in the world, Minecraft is a huge space for complete freedom of creativity, limited only by the imagination of the players – they have to explore, interact and modify a dynamically generated map, consisting of blocks of one cubic meter in size. There is no need to kill, survive and hide here. Calm and enjoyable gameplay, simple, but at the same time polished gameplay is conducive to the pacifying contemplation, accessible even to the smallest children. This game is a pleasure to play and a pleasure to watch. This is a kind of Zen Island in our list of dynamic and brutal titles. For connoisseurs of meditative gameplay, this will be the best game to stream on Twitch. During the last month, over 71,000 people watched Minecraft streams on more than 2,400 Twitch channels. Valorant Number of average viewers: 80K Number of followers: 11M Valorant is another newcomer to the top steaming games on Twitch. Released in 2020, this multiplayer first-person shooter has found its fans among esports players looking for a second chance after defeat or failure while trying to enter the Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments. Many Valorant players are former CS: GO esports players. The game attracts with the variety of its heroes and their capabilities. At the same time, Rio Games does not stop working on the creation of new heroes in order to diversify the gameplay and game possibilities. Each of the fourteen characters has their skills and characteristics. This includes basic abilities, two purchasable abilities that can be purchased in the store with in-game points, and an ultimate ability that is earned through killing and completing tasks. Now 3,700 channels on Valorant broadcast streams for 80,000 monthly viewers. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Number of average viewers: 70.6K Number of followers: 31M Another old-school veteran with a succinct abbreviation, CS: GO is a multiplayer first-person shooter released in 2012. The game is competitive and very tenacious – tournaments with serious stakes are regularly held on it. Unsurprisingly, it is one of the most popular games on Twitch – excitement combined with dynamics is always a win-win recipe for gathering a large audience. Many are wondering what the secret of the popularity of this game is and how it maintains a consistently high position at the top of Twitch. There can be many answers: nostalgia for the first games in the series, the ability to choose skins for the character’s outfit, a huge number of game modes and the enthusiasm of unofficial modders and map makers. Twitch currently can boast about 1,300 CS: GO channels with an average of 150,000 viewers per month. Call of Duty: Vanguard Number of average viewers: 70K Number of followers: 310K Piping hot, Call of Duty: Vanguard is the eighteenth first-person shooter in the Call of Duty series. The game was released on November 5, 2021, and has already overtaken its predecessor Call of Duty: Warzone in terms of the number of channels (5,200 versus 2,300) and the average number of viewers (112,000 versus 36,000). The plot of the campaign takes place during the Second World War. The game features four theaters of war: the Western Front in France, the Eastern Front in Stalingrad, the Pacific Theater, and the military campaign in North Africa. There are 20 maps available in multiplayer: 16 for the classic 6v6 format and 4 for Champion’s Hill mode. With the release of Season 1, content from Vanguard will be integrated into Call of Duty: Warzone – perhaps this will have a positive effect on restoring the streaming popularity of the latter. Fortnite Number of average viewers: 68K Number of followers: 78.5M At this stage, Fortnite remains number one among the top streamed games on Twitch in the genre of battle royale. This is a free multiplayer game that in a short time has become a real cultural phenomenon: the total number of players has exceeded 350 million and this is an incredibly impressive result, given the artificial limitations for iOS. Initially, its audience was children and youth up to 25 years old, but now people of all ages play it. The ability to create a unique look for yourself with the help of a huge number of unique and stylish skins purchased with in-game currency or completing the tasks of the “Battle Pass” made a lot of players just go crazy for this game. Our team is doubly pleased that our concept artists had a hand in creating bright and attractive skins for the new season. Fortnite’s roughly 4,500 streaming channels attract an audience of 64,500 monthly viewers. How to Choose Game if You Just Start Streaming With the sheer scale of this happening and the multi-million audiences of most popular games on Twitch suitable for professional streaming, it makes sense to get down to earth and look at games suitable for the aspiring streamer. They will not only give you the green light to start your streaming journey, but they will also help you gain an audience. 8 Best Games for New Streamers Please note that games for beginners do not always equate to indie titles or fun board games. Here you will also see some of the big games that left the trend list but managed to stake out a large audience of fans. Old School RuneScape Number of average viewers: 7.3K Number of followers: 1.1M Runescape used to be one of the best games in the MMORPG genre along with Lineage II and World of Warcraft. This project was launched back in 2001 and immediately managed to win the hearts of fans of the genre. The game is distinguished by its accessibility and simplicity, as well as a variety of in-game content. Old School RuneScape was implemented in 2013 with a bunch of new features but retaining everyone’s favorite atmosphere. OSRS viewers are older players who remember the first Runescape and remain loyal to it. Old-school nostalgic motifs are usually the strongest and longest-running, so they can easily be used to get an audience that will be grateful to the new streamer for immersing themselves in the past. There is only an average of 1510 channels with about 7300 viewers, which means that the competition is not so great. This gives the novice streamer the opportunity to become visible in a fairly short time. Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Number of average viewers: 782 Number of followers: 725K Trying to break into the streamers of The Witcher 3 is a futile business, because the niche is oversaturated. But starting streaming around The Witcher – or rather the in-game mini-game Gwent – can be a great idea. Gwent has a fan base who enjoys watching tournaments with professional teams and awards, as well as tricks of novice streamers who decide to play with friends. After developing their channel a little, novice streamers will be able to switch to streaming The Witcher 3 itself, with an emphasis on Gwent. Over the past month, there were only 15 channels with approximately 782 viewers on average. If you show an excellent game, then you can quickly move to the top positions. Star Wars: The Old Republic Number of average viewers: 340 Number of followers: 316K Star Wars: The Old Republic is one of the rare sci-fi massively multiplayer online role-playing games on the market. Released in late 2011, the game was the first fully voiced MMO. Currently, there are versions in English, French and German. The events in the game take place 300 years after the Knights of the Old Republic games. During the game, players participate in dynamic multiplayer dialogues in which all members of the group must agree on the content of the solution since the answer often determines the further course of the mission or even its outcome. In the game, you can stand on one of the two sides of the conflict – the Jedi or the Sith, in order to swing your lightsaber to your heart’s content. Besides these characteristic classes, you can also choose from several others. What makes it one of the best games to stream for newbies is its very welcoming streaming community. Not many Twitch channels are streaming this game – 33 with an average of 340 viewers per month, so this is perfect for new streamers. Dota 2 Number of average viewers: 50.7K Number of followers: 15.3M Another legendary multiplayer online battle arena team game developed by Valve Corporation. The game is a sequel to DotA, a custom modification map for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne add-on to it. The game depicts a battle on a special kind of card. Each match involves two teams of five players each, controlling heroes – characters with different sets of abilities. To win the match, the team must destroy a special fortress belonging to the enemy side and protect its own fortress from destruction. Dota 2 operates on a free-to-play model with micropayment elements. Dota 2 is an active esports discipline in which professional teams from all over the world compete in various leagues and tournaments. Premium Dota 2 tournaments have millions of dollars in prize pools that have become the largest in esports history. There are about 1000 channels on Twitch, which on average are watched by more than 50,000 viewers. Both nostalgia and a great competitive spirit play their roles here, which make Dota 2 one of the best games to stream for new streamers. Hearthstone Number of average viewers: 22.5K Number of followers: 9M Hearthstone is an online card game based on the Warcraft universe, released in 2014. The main goal of the game is to collect your own card collection, which is replenished by purchasing sets of cards or receiving them as a reward. Players can also get new cards by purchasing add-ons or playing the downloadable single-player Adventure mode. Its gameplay is completely different from Gwent, but interesting in its own way. The game features interesting tournaments with nice rewards. In addition, it often allows players and spectators to obtain special items in other Blizzard games. In terms of viewer count, Hearthstone currently has about 22,500 viewers watching 176 different Twitch channels. Stardew Valley Number of average viewers: 1.5K Number of followers: 1.2M Stardew Valley, an RPG-based farming simulator for streamers who hate gunfire, violence and stress. Here you will find pixel graphics dear to the hearts of many and the opportunity to develop your farm in a huge variety of ways. Stardew Valley was created by enthusiastic American developer Eric Baron. In 2016, in the first two months after its release, Stardew Valley became one of the best-selling games on Steam: in just two weeks, more than 400,000 copies of the game were sold through Steam and GOG.com, and by the beginning of April 2016, more than 1 million copies were sold. According to Valve, Stardew Valley ranked among the 24 most grossing games on Steam in 2016. A vibrant community of mod creators sprang up around Stardew Valley – various enthusiasts, regardless of the developer, created additional objects and textures that could be incorporated into the game. 154 channels on Twitch are broadcasting this game, 1550 viewers are happy to watch streamers’ farming chores. The competition is not great, but the audience is huge, so there is every chance of getting your own group of loyal viewers. Ori and the Blind Forest Number of average viewers: 114 Number of followers: 137K You can stream not only multiplayer games or simulation games. High-quality platformers deserve attention too, especially if they provide the player with a serious challenge that is fun to watch and a beautiful picture that delights the eye and satisfies aesthetic needs. Ori and the Blind Forest is one of those platformers that stands out of hundreds of thousands and is at the top of the list of the best games in the genre ever released. The game features incredibly beautiful graphics, a stunning fairytale atmosphere, charming, unearthly music and, at the same time, a rather tough challenge. The game is full of traps and tricky areas that require attention, incredible concentration and sleight of hand. Many players, buying into the innocence and fabulousness of the picture, tore their hair out, dying for the hundredth time in a particularly difficult place. It is especially interesting to watch experienced players go through the entire game without death – players are ready to watch such a unique spectacle for hours. 16 channels and an average of 114 viewers per month is not that much – just what a novice streamer needs. However, keep in mind that this game requires steel nerves and acquired skillы for the audience to be really interested in watching your walkthrough. If you have it and you love beautiful platformers, where graphics, sound and atmosphere merge in a kind of heavenly harmony, then both you and your viewers will get real pleasure from the stream. PUBG Number of average viewers: 9K Number of followers: 35.1M Do you like harder games, but are afraid to get lost in the endless streams of Fortnite? Then try PUBG. In 2017, this battle royale game just blew up the market and caused a huge number of analogues to appear. Of course, there were royal battles before it, but none of them achieved such popularity. Unlike Fortnite, PUBG gives you a choice of different maps: two large maps for tactical gameplay and Savage for quick play. PUBG has a more realistic arsenal of weapons – here you can even use the scope for long shots. PUBG was heavily influenced by the Arma 3 military simulator that the developers were targeting. Due to the emergence of a large number of competitors, PUBG has lost ground a little, but it still boasts 600 channels on Twitch with approximately 9000 viewers per month. The game has loyal fans who consider it a trendsetter of the battle royale genre and do not accept analogues, so a novice streamer has a very real chance of finding a good audience. Bonus Game: Heroes of Might and Magic III Number of average viewers: 4.7K Number of followers: 198K If you think this iconic turn-based RPG strategy will fly past this list, here’s our answer! Heroes of Might and Magic III, which was released back in 1999 and became the best game in the series, despite the improved graphics of new parts, has a huge community of loyal fans who install the game on state-of-the-art computers and immerse themselves in the unique, inimitable and soul-enveloping atmosphere of Erathia. The game has incredible support from Russian-speaking fans. It was the independent Russian team HotA Crew who created the Horn of the Abyss add-on, released on December 31, 2011, which breathed a new life into Heroes of Might and Magic III. It also lowered the bar for newcomers, bringing in a new wave of younger fans to the game. Heroes of Might and Magic III is streamed regularly, mostly by Russian-speaking players, but the game also has active Polish, French, Spanish and Chinese streamers. About 32 channels are watched by 4,700 viewers monthly If you love Heroes with all your heart and know how to play it, then this niche is still promising. And it seems that it will always be promising. After all, a new city, the Factory, will soon appear. Heroes forever. Universal Tips for Successful Streaming That’s all folks! As a final chord, let’s highlight a few recommendations that will help you gain a foothold in the new position of a gaming streamer: Create a schedule and follow it. To become part of your audience’s daily routine, you must communicate in advance when you intend to stream. Going to the theater, you buy a ticket for a specific time and come to the performance focusing on it, and not idly hang around the theater building all day without a single piece of information about whether something will happen today or not. The same story with the stream.Show your style. Don’t try to copy the playing styles of popular streamers, otherwise, what’s the point of viewers watching you? Play the way you are used to, as you like – this can potentially set you apart from other streamers. The main thing is to do it dynamically, as the viewer’s attention will decrease as the level of the monotony of what is happening on the screen increases.Don’t be silent! Your communication skills will make or break you. People are drawn to specific streamers not only because of the games but also because of their approach to interacting with the audience. Comment on the passage, joke, communicate with the audience in the chat, listen to their advice and be sure to thank all new subscribers and those who send you donations. Additional Hint: How to Choose the Best Games for a Specific Time You can use a TwitchStrike resource to determine which games are best to stream for your audience size and language. You will also receive a heatmap to help you navigate when is the best time to stream a certain game to Twitch. This is done in a few simple steps: Step 1. Go to the section “Guides” – “What to stream to Twitch”.Step 2. Select your language and the average number of your viewers and click “Generate Report”.Step 3. Study the list of the best games to stream at the moment for your number of viewers and broadcast language.Step 4. Draw conclusions and start streaming. The Bottom Line Despite a large number of reviewed games, tips, recommendations and other things, you and only you choose your best game to stream on Twitch. If it so happens that none of the games listed here won your heart, you should not faint or abandon your venture – there is an endless number of games in the world, and the list of top positions is not limited to the first eight. Perhaps, having undertaken to stream an unknown game, it is you who will become the trigger for the boost of its popularity – why not? The main thing is to be yourself and do what you like. Good luck in conquering Twitch!
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