Will Roblox Be Biggest Video Game IPO Ever?

Will Roblox Be Biggest Video Game IPO Ever?

Roblox is a video game company that has flown under the radar for many years. This is likely to change this month as the company prepares to go public. Roblox has the potential to become one of the biggest video game IPOs ever. The potential IPO was first announced last fall. The listing has been delayed several times but is currently set for March 10. Roblox will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol RBLX. The Roblox IPO has flown somewhat under the radar in par.....
Steam Workshop Drives User Generated Content

Steam Workshop Drives User Generated Content

As part of its latest research into user-generated content (UGC), DFC has been interviewing gamers across the spectrum. Some of our most surprising findings have come from teenage girls. This surprisingly sophisticated user base clearly prefers Steam over Electronic Arts.  In large part this is driven by the Steam Workshop. Today’s game market consists of so many distinct markets and user types it is crucial to talk to many types of users. DFC is doing research on UGC and open-world.....
The Failure of Google Stadia

The Failure of Google Stadia

When we had our first look at the Google Stadia streaming service at GDC in March 2019 we left uncertain. To us it was unimpressive, but we were told Google had more up its sleeve. Last week Google Stadia officially launched (we think) and it became clear the emperor has no clothes. Google Stadia is dead on arrival. I.....
Google Has Solid Brand Strength Among International Gamers

Google Has Solid Brand Strength Among International Gamers

After the Game Developer’s Conference, DFC Intelligence wrote about how Google Stadia will face many challenges trying to make an impact in the gaming community.  However, our most recent survey confirms what we have been seeing for a long time.  The Google brand is quite strong among video gamers. To look at the potential for streaming games, .....
Google Stadia Underwhelms at Game Developer’s Conference

Google Stadia Underwhelms at Game Developer’s Conference

For a long time, the industry knew that major players were looking to get into the game market via streaming services. Google, of course, was one of the largest such players. At the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, Google officially unveiled its Google Stadia gaming service. Many in the industry breathed a sigh of relief as it appears Google is nowhere near being a major player. DFC Intelligence has been covering the potential of streaming, cloud and digital distribution.....
Video Game Industry Segments: Games as a Service versus Traditional Games

Video Game Industry Segments: Games as a Service versus Traditional Games

The recent DFC report The Business of Video Games breaks the game industry into multiple segments. At a high level the biggest distinction is between traditional pay-to-play games and games as a service. These are almost two entirely separate businesses and it will be interesting to see how many companies can play in both segments. Overview Pay-to-play is what most people think of as the traditional console .....
British Telecom Sues Valve

British Telecom Sues Valve

British Telecommunication plc (BT) has sued Valve Corp. in the State of Delaware alleging infringement of four technology patents in the operation of the Steam digital distribution service. The British firm claimed that it attempted to communicate on three separate occasions with Valve legal counsel between October of last year and April 2016, and since they received no response, were compelled to file the lawsuit. .....