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Free to Play Summit: Raising 'Magic the Gathering Arena'

Chris Cao (Executive Producer, Wizards of the Coast)

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Topic: Free to Play

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Games are a lot like people. They go through phases of development on their journey from infancy to self-sufficiency…and awesomeness! We'll take a look at how we raised MTG Arena, using anecdotes from our development to drive principles of live service success.  Ultimately, we'll discuss the culture changes Arena drove at Wizards, and the unique challenges presented by an integrated physical/digital ecosystem.

Takeaway

Understand how live service games are fundamentally different than other types through the lens of Arena's development so that you can build the team and culture necessary to succeed.

Intended Audience

Anyone running a live service game, or those brave enough to try, will see how the metaphors for human development both establish the fundamentals and create the mindsets necessary to succeed at this very different kind of game.