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Mobile Gaming today: about whales, self-publishing and the like…

Posted by in Android, Apple, Apps, Carriers, Games, OEM

Didn’t the world change and quickly? Only a few years ago, mobile games worked like a supermarket: if you have shelf-space, you rule. The early kings of mobile gaming 1.0 (which many users today won’t even know about) were the ones that “owned” the relationships with mobile operators (or carriers if you prefer that word), OEM and the like. Those relationships guaranteed that you would be in front of consumers. Those of your competitors who didn’t? Well, tough luck. Today, the picture is very different. There were a few waves…read more


Momentum, a Mobile Accelerator in the Valley

Posted by in Deals, Events

Here’s something cool, a mobile accelerator run by people who actually know mobile, namely the good folks from Mobile Monday (disclosure: I am a co-founder of Mobile Monday Manchester). For those who don’t know (and I don’t expect many of the readers of this blog to being that ignorant… 😉 ): Mobile Monday has a global presence in over 140 cities across 50 different countries. As part of Mobile Monday, participants will get greater global exposure with leading brands to help foster business relationships and potentially commercial deals. It works,…read more


The (Big) Business of Mobile Games [Infographic]

Posted by in Games

  OK, this suffering a little from the usual simplification inherent to this seemingly favourite pastime of many, namely of creating infographics, but I thought there were a few interesting bits in there nonetheless, so enjoy…


Facebook’s IPO with no mobile revenues

Posted by in Deals, Social

So here’s the mother of all IPOs then, and it was coming a long way. The web was buzzing, today analysts of any couleur are commenting and reading through the fine print of Facebook’s registration statement (known as the S-1) in order to find valuable nuggets of information that they had not had before and myriads of bloggers and journalists drool over the new wave of young wealthy people in the Valley. No mobile revenue Whilst I’d love to join into this frenzy, I want to focus on one point…read more


MoMo Manchester @ the BBC

Posted by in Events

If you are in the North-West of England and have nothing to do or, rather, nothing really, really important to do, you may want to drop in for our latest Mobile Monday Manchester edition, which takes place tonight starting at 6pm at the BBC in the brand-spanking new MediaCityUK. The topic of the night will be “Second Screen” and we will have people from all corners of that: speakers from the Beep itself, companies providing infrastructure and service as well as creative agencies that deliver on these screens. More info…read more


MLOVE 2011

Posted by in Uncategorized

Only two weeks or so, and we’ll be off. One of the most exciting (well, correct that: the most exciting) mobile events of the year will kick off, namely MLOVE. Hosted in a proper medieval German castle, it boasts an incredible line-up of holistic mobile thinkers and tinkerers and all the ingredients to “change your life” (quote some of the participants of previous iterations!). So here’s the speaker line-up: Grammy-winning musician and multi-platform entrepreneur Chamillionaire; Yuri van Geest, the man behind Trend8; Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor of Wired (!); Russell…read more


Making Money on Android (slides) – Droidcon London 2010

Posted by in Events, Slides

This week, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to speak to the Android developer community at the fabulous Droidcon London. The following are the slides to my talk on “Making Money on Android” in which I focus on the necessity to tackle the challenge to engage users at a time and in a place that a developer can actually control, namely in the game or app itself. Scoreloop provides cool tools for this, and its virtual currency and virtual goods solutions allow developers then to capitalise on…read more