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A co-founder of King shares thoughts on the success of Dream Games

As Slush, renowned for bridging the gap between technology and startups, wrapped up its latest edition, it attracted 5000 startup founders, 3000 investors, and numerous industry professionals. Among the anticipated talks on the final day was a panel featuring Riccardo Zacconi, the legendary co-founder of King, and Sofia Dolfe, a partner at Index Ventures.


Media partners attended the panel, where Zacconi shared anecdotes, emphasizing the significance of product quality and recounting tales from his extensive career. Zacconi took a moment to commend the successes of Dream Games, particularly highlighting the achievements of their title, Royal Match, which stood out as one of the highest-grossing mobile games globally, securing a spot in the top 10 in key markets like the US and UK.


Discussing the longevity of successful games, Zacconi expressed the importance of focusing on execution, continual improvement, and customer engagement. He cited Dream Games as an exemplar of this approach, emphasizing the ability to keep users entertained for an extended period.


Sofia Dolfe echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the central role of a strong product and the importance of a culture of excellence. Drawing insights from Dream Games' CEO, Soner Aydemir, Dolfe stressed the need for well-balanced and thoughtful decision-making in every aspect of product development.


Zacconi delved into the topic of innovation, highlighting the rarity of products like Minecraft but noting the potential in simplifying complex elements for user understanding. He shared notable figures from Candy Crush, emphasizing the critical metric of retention, particularly on day one, as a key indicator of a successful game.


Candy Crush, a creation of King, stands as a mobile gaming legend, contributing to Zacconi's esteemed reputation in the industry. His insights underscored the pivotal role of retention in the success and optimization of gaming experiences, offering a glimpse into the strategic considerations that have shaped the industry.


Source: adapted from an article by Mobidictum.

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