Mobile gaming and eSports are ripe for disruption, and for a forward-thinking company willing to innovate and test alternative markets and business models, this presents a massive opportunity.
Decades of experience working as a branding and marketing expert in eGaming have allowed me a front row view of what trends game developers, publishers, and advertisers are clamoring for. It’s also allowed me to see what customer segments of the market have languished on the periphery of the gaming industry for close-minded reasons that have less to do with hard facts and more to do with prejudiced assumptions. As a disruptor in this space my goals are to:
- Make mobile games a serious force in eSports
- Upgrade the mobile gaming experience
- Make experiential mobile gaming available to everyone
- Provide a more equitable dividend to game design studios
In this article I’d like to officially introduce you to MEGAFANS, a mobile games platform and eSports engine I co-founded to disrupt the industry and solve some big problems with eSports and mobile gaming. Enjoy the read and I welcome your feedback. I’d love it even more if you download our latest tournament game from iTunes or Google Play to give it a whirl!
What is MEGAFANS?
MEGAFANS (Mobile eSports Games And Fantasy Sports) is a competitive mobile gaming platform and eSports engine. MEGAFANS publishes hyper-casual and midcore games and hosts experiential tournaments exclusively for mobile gamers. MEGAFANS also allows other developers to imbed our SDK (software development kit) into their own mobile games to offer a mobile eSports tournament experience to a wider audience.
MEGAFANS Will Make Mobile Gaming a True Contender in eSports
Disruptors are commonly met with pushback from established market players. eSports knows this story all too well, and despite early naysayers’ dismissals and the lingering protestations of diehard traditionalists, eSports has proven to be not just profitable, but a vanguard for the future of sports entertainment.
What’s highly ironic is that the eSports industry has followed suit with this behavior, displaying an elitist mentality toward mobile gaming which has resulted in mobile gamers being locked out of professional-level experiences, being ignored by major media outlets and sponsors, and cut off from the big purses and prizes earned by lauded PC, and even console players.
Much of the brouhaha over whether mobile gamers can contend in eSports is couched in an assumption that mobile games in general are pedestrian fare: low quality and requiring less skill to master (much like the claims made by traditional sports enthusiasts toward eSports).We believe that mobile gamers are deserving of a high quality experience just like PC and console players, and if established eSports venues won’t provide that for them, MEGAFANS certainly will. Click To Tweet
MEGAFANS wants to permanently defeat the assumption that mobile gaming isn’t a real contender in eSports. We are accomplishing this by introducing highly engaging midcore games to a larger demographic, and professional-level tournaments with “real prizes” (cash, virtual currencies and physical Real World prizes) to reward skilled professional mobile gamers. We believe that mobile gamers are deserving of a high quality experience just like PC and console players, and if established eSports venues won’t provide that for them, MEGAFANS certainly will.
Our Tournament Experience is Open and All Inclusive
MEGAFANS’ tournaments are designed to be fully egalitarian; meaning a small cadre of pro-players is not our only focus. With qualifiers held in key destination cities around the globe, our tournaments are designed to be fully immersive, regional “parties” including live streaming, casual player contests and events, all leading up to one big annual invitational.
MEGAFANS’ Mobile eSports Engine is Ahead of the Game and One-of-a-Kind
To develop our premier mobile eSports engine, we’ve tapped the best and the brightest. Our team boasts a collection of professionals with a combined 50+ years of experience in eGaming, mobile gaming, iGaming, Fintech, and eSports, and they come from top-tier brands like Activision, Rock Star Studios, Microsoft and Disney, to name a few.
We know that security and trust are paramount in competitive gaming especially with prize pools attached, so, good security equals better consumer experiences and that is a pinnacle part of our offering. MEGAFANS’ eSports engine features the highest mobile app security standards including proprietary security tokens, and validation and verification processes that are complete innovations over what already exists in the mobile market.Our team boasts a collection of professionals with a combined 50+ years of experience in eGaming, mobile gaming, iGaming, Fintech, and eSports… Click To Tweet
We Believe Talented Game Designers Should Be Properly Compensated
Attracting talented developers to MEGAFANS is part of our core mission and we believe high caliber talent should be appropriately rewarded. We offer game designers developing on our platform or using our mobile eSports engine an unheard of 75/25 revenue split over the first full year of development and sales, with the majority going to the developer. This move marks MEGAFANS as an obvious outlier and hopefully sends a clear message about how we regard the value of developers and strategic partners.
MEGAFANS Targets Underserved Gamers
As a principle part of our mission, we embrace the inborn diversity presented with the mobile platform. With 75% of the global population projected to own a mobile device by 2020, mobile presents a huge opportunity for those willing to stop wooing the same Western and male dominated demographics and instead acknowledge that avid gamers exist in other markets. These opportunities are present in female gamers, gamers of color and Tier 2 and 3 global markets. By catering to these tastes, MEGAFANS will not only expand the diversity of our games, but also offer a greater opportunity for a wider array of people to join professional eSports.
MEGAFANS is more than a mobile games startup; it’s a mission to change gaming as we know it. We invite you to come join us for the ride, all are welcome.