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The gaming influencer and content creator agency Click Management represents some of the world’s biggest names in the space. LazarBeam, Loserfruit, MrFreshAsian, Muselk, and more.

Grace Watkins co-founded the company and runs the show, having peeled off from working at PwC to take on this role.

Gaming content creators are a massive force in this industry, so it’s great to get Grace’s insights on the role Click aims to play both locally and globally. And how they engage in that tricky space where global reach doesn’t always align with where marketing dollars want to go.

This was recorded in the ‘before times’, at Fortnite Summer Smash back in January.

This week I’m chatting with Ross Symons, CEO of Big Ant Studios, Australia’s most prolific maker of sports video games. Cricket, AFL, tennis, rugby league, and even lacrosse, Big Ant has got them all in its library. What unites designing sports games of so many stripes? How has Big Ant dealt with licensing? We explore these questions and many more.

Ross is a true veteran of the industry and shares so many great thoughts about games development since some of its earliest days and how to carve a path in the industry. So we start by heading all the way back to where it began for Ross to show just how deep his knowledge of the business goes.

Full transcript below.

On this episode I talk to Ash Ringrose, Head of SMG Studio, just ahead of the launch of their latest game Moving Out.

It’s a crazy fun, family friendly, physics based couch co-op game landing on Switch, Playstation, Xbox and Steam this week!

Find out everything about Moving Out right here:
https://smgstudio.com/movingout/

SMG Studio has a diverse catalogue but every one has been an eyecatcher. One More Line, Over The Top Tower Defence (OTTTD), Death Squared and more, as well as licensed versions of Risk.

Ash has a background in advertising which comes up in our discussion as part of pinning down the clarity of vision the studio hits on with each of its games and also right here at the start as we kick off the call with the realisation Ash and I once worked together 20 years ago…

On today’s show I talk to Ben Goldhaber, co-founder and CEO of Juked.gg, a fantastic esports aggregation website that makes it easy to just see all the esports happening live online right now.

When you hit the site you just get this great dashboard of live feeds as if you’re looking at a bunch of screens in a sports bar. It launched in 2019 and I’ve been a fan since I first spotted it – it solves the classic problem of not knowing what’s on and not being sure where to find it.

Ben has a huge background in both esports and live-streaming, and was even on the founding team when twitch.tv was born.

So it was great to catch up and hear his thoughts on why he’s created Juked as well as his thoughts on making esports easier to watch and where this still very new service might go from here.

Check it out at Juked.gg.

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On this week’s show we talk coronavirus tracking apps and if we’re going to do one we should make sure we do it right.

But thankfully that doesn’t dominate the show, and we get into fun stuff like digital boardgames, Minecraft getting pretty with RTX, Pac-Man at 40, and the next big Fortnite concert happens this weekend so get into it!

Here’s the Fortnite link to all the details – seriously, download it and experience this event:

https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/news/astronomical

Seamus catches up with the founder and CEO of Level Up Dice, Alex Abrate, to talk about the company’s origin story and how it has evolved over its amazing five years of making the world’s most gorgeous gaming dice.

What is Alex’s favourite material to work with? Do they find differences in dice preferences around the world as they tour the convention circuit? And why Alex is most at home selling face to face? And how’s it all going in this awfully weird year that is 2020?

Check out, maybe even buy, some Level Up Dice of your own at the website.

This week Seamus talks with Nico King, co-founder and Executive Creative Director of Chaos Theory Games, an independent games studio based out of Sydney, Australia.

Chaos Theory is a great blend of pragmatism and idealism, creating games for brands to help them with marketing initiatives right through to games for good, helping charities, educators and environmental causes to deliver fun and engaging experiences.

They’ve worked with businesses as big as eBay, M&Ms and Samsung to create mobile games and even AR and VR experiences. And then they’ve helped Sydney University gamify dermatology education, and created the Bleached Az game tie-in for a viral animated cartoon series.

Catch the full transcript below.

We’re living up to our “tech, games, digital culture” tagline this week, with stories from every corner of the Byteside domain.

From when are Zoom hacks not actually Zoom hacks, to why games seem to have a much better handle than film on the idea of doing remakes. Plus hard drives for consoles when you’re running out of room, exciting new phones from LG, and even a little more Quibi and some old school Homestar Runner.

I imagine any Godzilla attack is rather unexpected until it happens. So, yes, colour me deeply surprised to see Wizards of the Coast work with the kings of kaiju, Toho Co, to bring us the crossover we never knew we needed in the new Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths premier card set.

Here’s the trailer, which is perfectly up to par on all the recent amazingly well executed MtG trailers until things suddenly take two wild twists.

One is the bizarre choice of Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation where we really would have been expecting the usual epic orchestral vibes or something moodier than a rocking cool track more comfortable in a retro teen movie sequence. But let’s set that aside.

The second is the real stunner. After a cool fight sequence with mega roach and flying spirit cats, our featured planes walker Vivien Reid whistles for extra backup. And dammit I was hoping we’d actually see Godzilla make an appearance in the clip, but instead we get a flash of the ‘Godzilla, King of the Monsters’ Legendary card that will appear in the set. WHAM.

No doubt the time it takes to develop these trailers was on a much longer timescale than the final pen went to paper on the licensing deal between Toho and Wizards.

We will be getting a lot more than just Godzilla in the set. But… and it’s a big ‘but’… the Godzilla Series cards will NOT be appearing in draft booster packs.

Fans will only be able to obtain Godzilla, King of the Monsters (while supplies last) by purchasing a draft booster pack display through a Wizards Play Network store. Each sealed draft booster pack display will contain a random Godzilla Series Monster card. Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Collector Boosters will also contain two random Godzilla Series Monster cards. The Godzilla Series Monster cards will not appear in draft booster packs.

Read on for the full list of 16 classic monster cards heading into Magic.

Luke Lancaster is back on the show with Seamus, discussing how to not just stick to virtual tabletops and other specific digital tools for our remote boardgame experiences. Luke even ran a game of Mr Jack via Twitter!

We get specific on the games, and kinds of games, that suit playing without constant access to a board, virtual or otherwise, and the particularly good reasons for using the likes of Roll20 and Tabletop Simulator to get involved.

Find Luke on Twitter: @lglancaster
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