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With the rapidly evolving gaming industry, LiveOps has become an integral part of game development and operation because it allows marketers to continue to improve a game even after its release with updates, maintenance, and customer support. These days, LiveOps has become more than just a way to support event-based campaigns, it’s a delivery system that brings experience to players that are both seamless and engaging.
And no one knows this better than Greg Lin, Director of Live Operations Tools and Platform at Big Fish Games, who’s been using CleverTap Gaming (formerly Leanplum) to power LiveOps for the past decade — through employment at two different gaming studios. He shared with us a few solid tips for maximizing your LiveOps strategy.
In February 2020, smack dab at the start of the global pandemic, Lin joined Big Fish to manage LiveOps for their casino products, Big Fish Casino and Jackpot Magic Slots — two top-grossing casino titles on the market. But, he quickly discovered they were using in-house tools to manage and execute their LiveOps. And those tools did not have the capabilities needed to run what he considered modern-day LiveOps activities, such as: A/B testing, segmentation, being able to message players, being able to run live events.
So off he went to find a capable third-party tool for CRM and LiveOps that checked all of those boxes.
Lin shares: “At my previous company, I had literally just done the same thing. I did the same research, looked at the tools in the market, and came to the same conclusion twice, which was, Leanplum was the right tool for us because of those reasons I mentioned.”
For a marketer, the success of a game is heavily dependent on the ability to keep players engaged and retained. Your LiveOps tool plays a crucial role in achieving this goal but you need it to do very specific things. Here are key features to look for:
Lin and his team started out with very vanilla push notifications, eventually graduating to more complicated things like product A/B testing and running events in their games using advanced segmentation to give players a personalized experience.
“So once we got to that level of sophistication,” Lin says, “we were able to see pretty meaningful ARPU gains every time we ran events. And this translated to LTV gains for two products that have been around for almost 10 years. So it was a really great success story.”
This success led to Lin helping other teams in Big Fish achieve similar levels of success using the same tools and technologies. They implemented Leanplum into other games in the portfolio, starting with their flagship title, EverMerge.
Lin says: “So EverMerge is a game that launched worldwide without a tool like Leanplum, and we had no ability to do stuff like run A/B tests. Fast forward to today, we’ve integrated Leanplum and now are running, from my account, almost 200 A/B tests.”
Modern-day LiveOps capabilities are transforming the gaming industry by providing gaming studios with the ability to deliver a seamless and engaging player experience. With the ability to analyze real-time data and the scalability of AI-powered personalization, modern LiveOps tools like CleverTap Gaming are helping developers and marketers optimize game features and identify areas for improvement.
By selecting the right LiveOps tool — one that includes key features such as real-time analytics, A/B testing, and personalization, gaming studios can help ensure the long-term success of their game.