The Business of Video Games - The Paradox Podcast
The Business of Video Games - The Paradox Podcast
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A podcast about the business of video games, by Daniel Goldberg and Shams Jorjani of Paradox Interactive.
What happens when senior executives leave? - Paradox Podcast - The Business of Video Games
Welcome back to the special episode of the Paradox Podcast!Today one of our co-hosts, Daniel Goldberg discusses the circumstances of his departure from our company with Shams Jorjani!We talk about what happens when a senior level manager leaves and what impact – good and bad – is felt in the company.0:15 – Intro1:58 – What we’ve been playing11:36 - What happens when a high-level executive leaves the company?15:57 - How do you hand over the leadership role?21:46 – Is there anything to worry about or hope for?28:11 – How is the “Lame Duck” period like for the departing executive?29:36 – Daniel’s goodbyes and what’s next for the podcast?You can also find today’s episode on: • Spotify: https://pdxint.at/2HFshtu​• iTunes: http://pdxint.at/2BnBWBo​• Player.fm: http://pdxint.at/2EWTCnl​• Poddtoppen: http://pdxint.at/2CiqXGw​• Acast: http://pdxint.at/2ExBD9lWelcome​The Paradox Podcast is now back in a bi-weekly schedule! Join us in 2 weeks to meet Shams’ new co-host!Support the show
Sep 1, 2021
32 min
What is it like to be a Publicly Traded Company - Paradox Podcast - The Business of Video Games
Welcome to the Paradox Podcast! Paradox Interactive podcast about the business of video games where try to explain why we do the stuff we do.Today, Shams and Daniel are joined by our CFO Alexander Bricca, to discuss the dreaded subject of being a Publicly Traded company. You’ll learn how it’s like to have shareholders, why we decided to become a listed company & what it means in the first place.Shams also gets an internship offer. Enjoy! Timestamps: 0:15 - Introduction2:59 – What we’ve been playing6:45 – Subject of the day: What’s it like to be Publicly Traded?8:01 – What does the CFO do?12:22 – What does being a listed company mean for Paradox?22:01 – Why would PDX want to be publicly traded?25:28 – What happened when Paradox became listed?32:02 – How have shareholders impacted Paradox?34:36 – Myths about being a publicly traded company.39:53 – What have we told the market about our future releases?43:17 – What does being publicly traded mean for PDX employees?46:20 – Wrapping upYou can also find today’s episode on: • Spotify: https://pdxint.at/2HFshtu​• iTunes: http://pdxint.at/2BnBWBo​• Player.fm: http://pdxint.at/2EWTCnl​• Poddtoppen: http://pdxint.at/2CiqXGw​• Acast: http://pdxint.at/2ExBD9lWelcome​Thanks for listening, and see you in the next episode, at PDXCON!Support the show
May 5, 2021
46 min
Success & Failure in the Game Industry - Paradox Podcast - The Business of Video Games
Welcome to the Paradox Podcast! Paradox Interactive podcast about the business of video games where try to explain why we do the stuff we do.Today, Shams and Daniel, discuss 2 equally horrifying scenarios:What happens when we screw up a game release?Possibly worse – what are the implications of a greatly successful game launch?Timestamps:0:15 – Introduction & excuses tbh.4:38 – Why can’t everything be Valheim?8:26 – CK3’s success & its consequences.19:09 – What happens when a game release don’t go well?27:45 – The value of taking risks33:13 – Wrapping upYou can also find today’s episode on:• Spotify: https://pdxint.at/2HFshtu​• iTunes: http://pdxint.at/2BnBWBo​• Player.fm: http://pdxint.at/2EWTCnl​• Poddtoppen: http://pdxint.at/2CiqXGw​• Acast: http://pdxint.at/2ExBD9lWelcome​ Thanks for listening, and see you in the next episode!Paradox on YouTube:---------------------------------ParadoxInteractive - http://youtube.com/ParadoxInteractiveTrailers, Feature Breakdowns, Dev Diaries, and more.ParadoxExtra - http://youtube.com/ParadoxExtraGameplay of our video games, convention coverage, and other fun things from Paradox!Paradox Grand Strategy - http://youtube.com/ParadoxGrandStrategyGameplay of our Grand Strategy Games. CK2, EU4, HOI4, Stellaris, and Imperator.Support the show
Apr 22, 2021
34 min
Perfectly Balanced Player Feedback - Paradox Podcast - The Business of Video Games
Welcome back to the Paradox Podcast, where we talk about the business of video games and try to explain why we do the stuff we do.Today, Shams and Daniel are joined by Rikard Åslund, a Studio Manager at PDS, to talk about player feedback, its value, how to best submit it & how we balance your suggestions with market research! Timestamps:0:15 Intro & Guest Introduction10:37 Subject of the day: Player Feedback15:02 Dev Diaries & learnings from Imperator22:46 Player comments vs metrics & KPIs28:23 Your games suggestions vs market research33:50 What is the future of fan interaction?35:23 Do we read all feedback?36:15 What is the best & worst way to give feedback?39:17 Wrapping up & Dad Jokes (help…)You can also find today’s episode on:• Spotify: https://pdxint.at/2HFshtu​• iTunes: http://pdxint.at/2BnBWBo​• Player.fm: http://pdxint.at/2EWTCnl​• Poddtoppen: http://pdxint.at/2CiqXGw​• Acast: http://pdxint.at/2ExBD9lWelcome​Thanks for listening, and see you in the next episode, in 2 weeks!Support the show
Feb 23, 2021
41 min
What Game Proposals Interest Paradox - Paradox Podcast - The Business of Video Games
Welcome to the Paradox Podcast! Paradox Interactive podcast about the business of video games where try to explain why we do the stuff we do.Today, Shams and Daniel, go over what game pitches interest Paradox as a publisher, how to maximize the chances of your game being published by us, and what makes it less likely to be canceled on the way to the release. Timestamps:0:15 – Introduction & Daniel’s return4:10 – What we’ve been playing9:15 – Subject of the day: Game Pitch Assessment12:57 – Game proposals vs PDX’s strategic goals19:45 – Who we want to work with22:58 – Expanding established PDX IPs25:04 – Risk management & setting goals33:22 - Assessing the game pitch 40:00 – Wrapping up You can also find today’s episode on:• Spotify: https://pdxint.at/2HFshtu​ • Soundcloud: http://pdxint.at/2EYDl15​ • iTunes: http://pdxint.at/2BnBWBo​ • Player.fm: http://pdxint.at/2EWTCnl​ • Poddtoppen: http://pdxint.at/2CiqXGw​ • Acast: http://pdxint.at/2ExBD9lWelcome​Thanks for listening, and see you in the next episode, in 2 weeks!Support the show
Feb 10, 2021
41 min
Season Finale - Paradox Podcast - The Business of Video Games
Welcome back to this year’s last episode of the Paradox Podcast!Today we’re joined by two special guests: Larian Studios’ Director of Publishing; Michael Douse & Stealth Games Venture’s founder Helen Burnill!Together with Paradox’s own Shams Jorjani, they’ll attempt to put a lid on the year 2020 and summarize all the crazy and key events that happened in the games industry, or affected it, this year. On today’s agenda:Digital & physical events in 2020 & in the futureHow mainstream are video games now?New consoles generation releaseHow did the games industry handle COVID-19 this year?Will things return to normal after the pandemic?Should we bundle vaccines with hot video games?What’s happening with VR?Our predictions for 2021When will people put video games at the beginning of their Tinder bios?And moreTimestamps:Introduction & our guests– 0:15 What we’ve been playing – 2:02 Summary of the year with Michael Douse & Helen Burnill - 6:34 Our predictions for 2021 – 33:09Wrapping up – 43:36You can also find today’s episode on: •  Spotify: https://pdxint.at/2HFshtu•  Soundcloud: http://pdxint.at/2EYDl15•  iTunes: http://pdxint.at/2BnBWBo•  Player.fm: http://pdxint.at/2EWTCnl•  Poddtoppen: http://pdxint.at/2CiqXGw•  Acast: http://pdxint.at/2ExBD9lWelcome Thanks for listening, and see you all next year!Support the show
Dec 23, 2020
44 min
How to Succeed and Mess up at Negotiations - Paradox Podcast - The Business of Video Games
Welcome back to Paradox Podcast!Today, Shams Jorjani will tell you all you wanted to know and were afraid to ask about “Negotiations”!Some of the things on today’s agenda: Paradox’s approach to negotiations, a guest segment with lessons from the infamous “Orange Story”, and a number of Dos and Don’ts of negotiating, which we hope you’ll find useful!Timestamps:Introduction – 0:15Topic of the day – Negotiations – 3:22The “Do’s” of negotiations, and the Orange Story – 5:29The “Don’ts” of negotiations – 12:17How to prepare for a negotiation - 17:32How to act during a negotiation – 19:49How to close a negotiation – 21:39Wrapping up & reading suggestions – 24:44 You can also find today’s episode on:•  Spotify: https://pdxint.at/2HFshtu•  Soundcloud: http://pdxint.at/2EYDl15•  iTunes: http://pdxint.at/2BnBWBo•  Player.fm: http://pdxint.at/2EWTCnl•  Poddtoppen: http://pdxint.at/2CiqXGw•  Acast: http://pdxint.at/2ExBD9lWelcome Thank you for listening! See you in the next episode!Support the show
Nov 26, 2020
26 min
Interview with Paradox COO Charlotta Nilsson - Paradox Podcast - The Business of Video Games
Welcome back to Paradox Podcast!Today, we’re joined by Paradox Interactive’s COO Charlotta Nilsson, for a 40 minute long interview!We talk about the role of a COO at Paradox, the challenges in managing operations in a video games industry vs other fields and engage in a gratuitous rant about Star Wars Squadrons!Timestamps:0:15 - Introduction2:03 - Ranting about Star Wars Squadrons5:42 - Who is Charlotta Nilsson? 9:55 - What does the COO do? 21:59 - What is different about managing company operations in the games industry? 25:23 - How does the games industry compare to others? 34:21 - Tips from the COO for managing company operations during a pandemic38:34 - Wrapping upYou can also find today’s episode on: •  Spotify: https://pdxint.at/2HFshtu•  Soundcloud: http://pdxint.at/2EYDl15•  iTunes: http://pdxint.at/2BnBWBo•  Player.fm: http://pdxint.at/2EWTCnl•  Poddtoppen: http://pdxint.at/2CiqXGw•  Acast: http://pdxint.at/2ExBD9lWelcome Thank you for listening! See you in the next episode!Support the show
Nov 12, 2020
39 min
Interview with our CEO Ebba Ljungerud - Paradox Podcast - The Business of Video Games
The Paradox Podcast is back with a new episode!For this mid-season occasion, we’ve invited our CEO Ebba Ljungerud to answer some of your questions!Some of the questions on today’s agenda:How do we balance our company’s growth with the gameplay depth of our games and the mainstream expectations?How do we decide when to discontinue a game, and what factors, aside from sales, determine that?How are our recent mergers working out for us?What have we learned from CK3’s success?What is our take on Unions and Crunch in the games industry?How big should Paradox grow, and is there an end goal?What is Ebba’s normal day at work like, and her experience as a CEO?Timestamps: 0:15 – Introduction1:20 – What we’ve been playing5:04 – Q&A session with Ebba Ljungerud45:37 – Wrapping upYou can also find today’s episode on:•  Spotify: https://pdxint.at/2HFshtu•  Soundcloud: http://pdxint.at/2EYDl15•  iTunes: http://pdxint.at/2BnBWBo•  Player.fm: http://pdxint.at/2EWTCnl•  Poddtoppen: http://pdxint.at/2CiqXGw•  Acast: http://pdxint.at/2ExBD9lWelcome Thank you for listening! See you in the next Paradox Podcast episode, in 2 weeks!Support the show
Oct 14, 2020
46 min
Technology & Leadership - Paradox Podcast - The Business of Video Games
Welcome back to the Paradox Podcast! This week we invited Mina Boström, Paradox Interactive’s Chief Technology Officer!Today on the agenda:Who is Mina and what even is a CTO?Why should technology matter to PDX and our players?How is games industry different in that area?Lots of difficult wordsThe work of an upper level manager and some management philosophyTimestamps:00:43 – Paradox’s CTO, Mina Boström07:20 - What is a CTO?11:40 – How does a CTO’s average week at PDX look like13:45 – Challenges before PDX in terms of technology15:32 – What is different about working in the games industry23:12 – Leadership and technology43:11 – Reading recommendations & wrapping upYou can also find today’s episode on:•  Spotify: https://pdxint.at/2HFshtu•  Soundcloud: http://pdxint.at/2EYDl15•  iTunes: http://pdxint.at/2BnBWBo•  Player.fm: http://pdxint.at/2EWTCnl•  Poddtoppen: http://pdxint.at/2CiqXGw•  Acast: http://pdxint.at/2ExBD9lWelcome Thank you for listening! See you in the next Paradox Podcast episode, in 2 weeks!Support the show
Sep 30, 2020
46 min
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