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What is a Game Consultant

The Functionalities of A Game Consultant

What is a Game Consultant?

A game consultant is a professional who provides advice or game consultancy with a cost. To be more precise, the role of a game consultant is to deliver the ideas and recommendations to a game development company to improve their services. Basically, game development companies take advice from experts to  being successful. A game consultant helps to improve the narrative and story, the user interface, level design. Apart from that, they also help to improve the different areas of the game. Another can provide feedback on certain problem areas that a customer may have, for example by responding to the messages suggested by a customer and positioning his product towards consumers and the press.

Game consulting is a trending and demanding job in the industry. It is very popular to entreprise game development companies. However, the smaller developer mainly focus on their targeted and desired area. For example, an independent developer may be looking for specific information about the title they are working on. In contrast, an enterprise solution provider or large player looks for a wide range of options based on their value and demand.

There is a clear follow-up question from where a game development company take services: from any individual or a large consultancy firm? Different consultants deal with the confidentiality of their customers in different ways. Both the individual and large companies have their own websites as a service providing platform where they can promote and offer their services. Some of them do not reveal the clients. We also respect your privacy. We don’t disclose any data that is very sensitive to you. Our consulting process is clear and transparent. 

Why do game development companies need consultancy? 

Almost every game development companies need to have consultancy  for improving their products and services. It is a common and easy process for gaming industry to make their services better. Of course, the financial incentive is mostly working behind it. Because if you make your product better, surely you will get a stronger customer base. Every game developer has passion and sincere to deliver the best while developing games. Obviously they are serious about their profession. But they must need consultancy from experts to improve their product. 

For certain reasons, a customer sometimes needs experience to solve a difficult problem area. And sometimes they may need external feedback to shorten internal guidelines. An independent external opinion can help unlock the title and give them the opportunity to move forward.

What are common services that game consultant may offer?

Clients may search for a game consultant for the following services. 

  • Evaluating in-depth game
  • Checking hardware platform, and/or online services.
  • Mock reviews (deeper evaluation)
  • Messaging as well positioning.
  • Evaluating the monetization.
  • For the analysis of social or community engagement. 
  • For optimizing and reviewing the performance of code.
  • Game evaluations.
  • Script writing.
  • Messaging and positioning.
  • Evaluating the product pre-acquisition.
  • Spreading new concept.

What does a consulting engagement look like?

The purpose of this type of evaluation is to provide a customer with an external vision of a product’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (also known as SWOT). It is also the terms of providing the best recommendations as quickly as possible. Depending on where the title is in the development timeline, it may include comments on how media and consumers are likely to respond to these results, along with related news and positioning comments.

Esports Games, BlockChain and Wagering, Suponic Games has it all

Its all about wagering these days in esports!

Would-be esports bettors can place bets on Bet365, Betway, Unikrn, and any number of other big-name gambling sites that now offer esports contests, so long as those bettors can prove they live in a place where it’s legal.

Betting on esports is more or less identical to betting on traditional sports, with the caveat that the esports betting product is far less developed than the traditional sports betting product. Players can choose between cash-based or skins-based sites when betting on esports matches.

The list of major sportsbook sites that offer esports betting includes:

  • Pinnacle Sports.
  • Bet365 Sport.
  • 888 Sport.
  • Paddy Power.
  • Ladbrokes.
  • William Hill.
  • Betway.
  • Betfair.

Esports (also known as electronic sports, e-sports, or eSports) is a form of competition using video gamesEsports often takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players, individually or as teams.

So now you have Suponic Esports Games. Suponic eSports Protocol plans to obtain official certification as the standard of crypto gameprotocol by the World eSports & Blockchain Association(WESBA) and open the protocol for the overall game industry.

You can be an Suponic Esports Games affiliate; click here or you can play games and make money, click here!

Welcome to Suponic eSports

Suponic eSports is a company that provides mobile games on a crypto currency platform. You can become a millionaire just by playing well on the game freely provided by Suponic. I will tell you how. All you need is your mobile phone that you carry with you all the time.

  • Register to the Suponic SGC Wallet. (Get 5 SGC for free by inputting your friend’s referral code)
  • Download ‘InkWars’ from the download section inside the wallet
  • Play ‘InkWars’ for free, enjoy it, practice it, and think of the strategies to win.

Use the SGC you received from the registration to play wagering mode against other players. (*Wagering: A type of sports betting, where the winner takes the wagerred amount. It is different from gambling in the aspect that wagering is based on the skills of the players delveloped by time and effort.)

SGC won from wagering can be exchanged at any time on the Suponic exchange, and its value can increase for the SGC holders.

What is InkWars?

Addictive Bubble VS Action! – Now with Trump and Covepepe!

Whether you are a casual gamer or a hard-core competitor, you have come to the right place! Ink Wars offers Real-Time Bubble Versus excitement for the first time ever on a touch device!

Being the WORLD’S FIRST Bubble Fighter mobile e-Sport, Ink Wars brings people together to share exciting fun matches for players and spectators alike.

Experience smooth competitive head-to-head VS Bubble action on the same device or compete against your global rivals via cross device Network PvP!

14 celebrity guest-characters join the heated Battle: from FGC stars colliding with Twitch beauty streamers, a fearsome world champion fighter to an enchanting mermaid photographer & model. They are all here to claim their dominance in the Ink Wars universe!

There are 40 characters in total, each with their unique attributes, grid patterns and play-styles. All characters are animated using beautiful hand-crafted HD sprites rarely seen in an app game.

Express your individuality with tonnes of customizable in-game elements such as BattleGrids / Switchers / Bubble-Sets.

Ink Wars is completely free to play but some optional in-game items will require payment.

Compatible with iOS 8.0 / Android 5 and upwards, best played on devices with 2GB of RAM or higher.

Features;

  • First Versus Bubble Fighter Game in the App Store!
  • Over 1800 frames of beautifully hand-drawn animation!
  • Unlock up to 40 unique heroes!
  • Over 100 sets of customizable in-game elements with Power-Ups attached!
  • Collect 1000 Avatars & Titles!
  • Cross-platform Network PvP! and Cross-platform Leaderboard!
  • Arcade style side-by-side battle in Local VS with friends and competitors!
  • Destroy every opponent with a satisfying finishing sequence!
  • You will need SGC, Suponic Game Coin, to play in wagering mode.

What is SGC?

SGC stands for Suponic Game Coin, the crypto currency used in the Suponic Game Platform. You can receive 5 SGC for free if you create the SGC Wallet and completes the KYC. SGC will be listed to the Supoinc Exchange in May 1, 2020, at the price of $1.

Register here!

Game Consultant Podcast

I decided to start producing a weekly game consultant podcast. The first episode is live! I have to get it to work, but it is fun. The idea is that I can invite people to join me and talk about news around gaming, conference news, PR, trends, analysis, fun things and shitt things. Every week on Friday I want to have a new podcast live so you have time during the weekend to listen.

What do I want? Well, your feedback, ideas/concepts, volunteer to join and love!

The Question; What is a Game Consultant

Last year i started to take my “hobby” a bit more serious, and did start using the title Game Consultant. Throughout the last decade I have been advising people in the gaming industry. And what a two decades it were 2000-2020. I always jokingly say, that my career started when we still had download games that you had to pay for. No mobile smart phones, yes, you are reading it right.

Gosh, I do miss those early days, but having said that, I enjoyed all the new technologies and platforms like social media, that came to our games industry. It made our business very challenging. A fun ride with realy tough moments and super fun times. It made me who I am today. A Game Consultant. Some even call me their ‘consigliere‘, since they want me to listen to them, their management, shareholders and other strategic talks. Once I listen and let things sink in, I then come out and advise. I enjoy having vivid discussions about positioning, strategy and story telling.

Game-Consultant.com; Reinout te Brake Keynote Games
Game-Consultant.com; Reinout te Brake Keynote Games

What is a Game Consultant? Let me describe you my day to get a better idea of that! I start the day with checking (actualy throughout the day) the game news. What is happening, trends, innovations and more. Sometimes articles mention people I do know, who I then send a message to congratulate or to ask more background. Usualy I have a few calls scheduled during the day, I try to use regular time spots like 10am, 2pm, 4pm. Same with my meetings if no calls. Always have enough time between calls and meetings, so I can check on news, mails and feedback. During the day, I also have to write my feedback on certain topics, prepare boardmeetings, investigate interesting M&A targets etc.. As you can see, if no structure, then it is impossible to be a Game Consultant.

Reinout te Brake Game Consultant
Reinout te Brake Game Consultant

Lots of people think, ah, well, game consultant is someone that goes from one clients to another and takes a good monthly fee. Yes, I do see these types too! Am I different? Hope so, since some ‘clients’ I do know for more then 10 years and have been advising them (freely sometimes, since I belief in karma) all along. Also I do look at your company. Where are you with funding, revenues etc.. That determines if I will work with you, or just advice you freely and how I will work with you when it comes with activities and fee.

What I dont do as a Game Consultant? Raise funding under 1.5-2mio euros. I will make introductions, advice a bit on strategy, but I know you gonna need every dollar to get to success. Also founders need, in (pre)early stage, to raise themselves. This looks better towards investors. I can not make a difference. How the hell would I know if it becomes a success? If I would know 110%, guess what. When your game studio, or game related service company, is ready for Series A, then I can make a difference; SWOT, Storytelling/strategy, Forecast, Defining boardmembers and Targetting investors. Then I am worth the money, so I claim!

reinout te brake; Game-Consultant.com
reinout te brake; Game-Consultant.com

I also dont get operationally involved. That is why you have your human capital, meaning employees. What I am doing, is checking if the processes in your company are working well. Talk to employees and listen. Are they telling me the same as what the management is claiming they are doing. Also, besides integrating certain (corporate) strategies, it is my task to make sure that employees understand the strategy and embrace it.

In fact, a Game Consultant is someone that, in my case for sure, you can call any time about anything, even private related. Running a business is finding a good balance between work and private and making sure both are getting “check-up’s” from time to time. Talking out loudly can help a lot of times, it only takes some questions (honestly and very blund sometimes) from my side to take on the rest of the day and making things happen.

I have come to learn that you can not only create success. In fact, it is true, you need failures. But do bear in mind, when you have your failures, you need loving people around you. So I am very much focussed on the total package of my clients. That is my task as a Game Consultant. Therefore I sometimes hear myself saying to someone that is completely stressed out; “go home, have sex, talk tomorrow”.

Team Game-Consultant.com
Team Game-Consultant.com

Endig on a serious note; I am not a networker, I do meet people and take a serious interest in each and everyone I do meet. The diversity of my clients makes it that I can put people in contact with others in different stages and phases. And when it takes some tuning, they call the Game Consultant; Me!

Let me know your thoughts and expectations, but also do share (if you want) so I can meet more people in this fun gaming space.

Have a nice weekend.

Cocos Play, a new platform that lets any app developer embed hyper-casual games in their apps

Cocos makes a popular 2D game development engine for mobile titles, and today the Chinese company is announcing Cocos Play, a new platform that lets any app developer embed hyper-casual games in their apps.

Using the Cocos Creator game engine, developers can create the hyper-casual games and embed them in a mini-app game center, which is included in any app. Cocos also owns Cocos2d-x, the largest open-source game engine, used primarily to make mobile games.

Cocos Play is a new platform that allows any app developer to include a customized mini-app game center inside their app, allowing for new monetization opportunities that have been proven to improve retention as well as customer loyalty to the app with rewarded play built into the service.

Companies such as WeChat, Facebook, Samsung, Vivo, and OPPO have already found success using the Cocos Play technology, and now the company is taking the next step by allowing all developers the same opportunities to create a game center for their app. More Short Game News.

Phoenix Games Completes Acquisition of German Studio Group Sixteen Tons Entertainment / Promotion Software

Phoenix Games, the international family of games companies led by prolific gaming investor Klaas Kersting, today announces its successful acquisition of Berlin and Tübingen-based development group Promotion Software / Sixteen Tons.

Promotion Software is one of Germany’s most recognisable game developers for more than 25 years. Having been founded by legendary game designer Ralph Stock (Mad TV) in Tübingen back in 1993, the studio remains headquartered in Germany’s southwest but also established a Berlin office in 2009. Under its core gaming label Sixteen Tons Entertainment the company is best known for the Emergency series, which in 2018 celebrated its 20th-year anniversary and has seen more than 100 releases across most of the popular platforms of the last three decades. The most recent entry in the series, Emergency HQ, is a free-to-play mobile title that has racked up more than 6 million players since its launch in 2018. Under the label Serious Games Solutions the group develops award winning serious games for major clients such as Siemens or Roche Pharma.

Phoenix Games was established in May 2019 with the mission to build a family of the world’s most talented games companies. Adding a developer with the experience of Promotion Software / Sixteen Tons is a boon for everyone involved in the group, with the studio joining Well Played Games ahead of further acquisitions due to be announced soon.

“Anyone in the games industry, particularly those in Germany, should be familiar with Ralph Stock’s incredible track record,” said Phoenix Games CEO Klaas Kersting. “To maintain such a high quality of output for so many years, in such a cutthroat industry, is no accident and speaks to his talent and commitment. We are beyond thrilled to welcome him and his teams into the Phoenix family and be given the chance to play our part in their next chapter.”

“My games companies are accompanying me for a really long time now, I have been growing them for more than 25 years – to join the Phoenix Games family is not a question of money, it is a question of trust,” said Ralph Stock, owner and CEO of Promotion Software and Sixteen Tons Entertainment. “I greatly admire what Klaas Kersting is building and am proud to be part of the Phoenix Games group from now on.”

Lionsgate, Hasbro Team with nWay for Power Rangers Fighting Game Pro Circuit

UPDATE: A representative for the league told The Esports Observer that the total prize pool will be $15K USD, and the finals will operate as a side event at Evo, not one of the featured titles.

POWER RANGERS: Battle for the Grid, a fighting game developed by nWay featuring characters from the popular and long-running live-action children’s television series, will receive its first officially supported professional tournament circuit. The POWER RANGERS: Battle for the Grid League will be operated by nWay in partnership with toy manufacturer and Power Rangers rights holder Hasbro and entertainment company Lionsgate. Details regarding prize pool and brand partnerships were not disclosed.

Like most fighting game circuits, the league will run in conjunction with various established fighting game tournaments throughout the U.S. Notably, however, rather than hosting a separate championship event, the league will hold its season finals at this year’s Evolution Championship Series (Evo) – the largest annual fighting game tournament. In addition to the live tournaments, players will earn league points through in-game events and online tournaments.

Team Liquid Brings in Esports Charts to Measure Stream Viewership

Esports organization Team Liquid has announced a deal with Esports Charts to be its official stream viewership data partner. Through the partnership, Esports Charts will measure viewership across Team Liquid streams as well as esports events. Team Liquid will use this information as “guidance over the direction of our content strategies and community activations” according to the announcement.

Last year, Team Liquid partnered with Newzoo as its strategic data partner for market intelligence, and also has a competitive data analysis partnership in place with SAP. The organization has also signed a multi-year deal with Twitch to oversee sponsorship sales.