The title doesn't mean I am asking where we go in 2014 but it is the name of the largest developer conference in Germany happening next week April 8th to 10th.
My talk on Thursday morning will dissect the monetization of Puzzle & Dragons. After my talk about doing the same with World of Tanks was so successful I decided to expand those topics. Btw this is the first talk I will hold on an iPhone!
At Casual Connect 2014 in San Francisco in July I will repeat that exercise with League of Legends.
I am doing this simply to educate teams how these games work. I usually pick top f2p games for this as they aren't at all "evil" - which seems to be a major criticism of f2p. I assign 3 pillars on those dissections:
Numbers and data I find online, either from services like Appannie, Comcast or simply from the game providers PR or shareholder messages.
Own Monetization & Online Game Experience
I use my professional skills to take the game apart into its foundations and mechanics and examine them for their functions.
I play the game as a player for a while (usually until mid game) and then as a payer (note the missing L) and research what this changes in the game experience compared to the former experiment.
Those three usually give me enough information to understand fully how the game works in terms of game mechanics & monetization.
I hope to see you at one of the above conferences.