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Session Name 'DomiNations' Year One: History Games As Live Service
Speaker(s) Tim Train
Company Name(s) Big Huge Games 2.0
Track / Format Free to Play Summit
Overview DomiNations launched on mobile on April 1st, 2015 to great fanfare, high reviews, and strong word-of-mouth from players, eventually becoming the top 3rd-party launch of the year. It seemed the mobile market was excited for a historical strategy game in the vein of Age of Empires and Civilization. Four months later the title had sunk far below the top-100 grossing and the studio contemplated a tightly constrained future for the game. The team had failed to launch with key drivers of retention and revenue, and spent most of 2015 scrambling to add those features. Brick-by-brick, and with the help of a great Asia launch, they managed to reverse the game's decline and ensure the future stability of the studio.

GDC 2016

Tim Train

Big Huge Games 2.0

free content

Free to Play Summit

Social / Online Games

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