Tech Talk: Video games are the future

An Israeli startup called TROPHiT has created a value-driven marketing platform for video games aimed at the cellphone market.

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July 31, 2016 15:15
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TROPHIT COFOUNDERS Sagi Mann (left) and Guy Hollander have created a value-driven marketing platform for video games aimed at the cellphone market. (photo credit: TROPHIT)

 
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Most video-game developers go bankrupt because they don’t succeed in increasing the number of users significantly and quickly enough. Everyone dreams of developing a successful video game that goes viral like Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja.

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An Israeli startup called TROPHiT has created a value-driven marketing platform for video games aimed at the cellphone market.

The company was founded by CEO Guy Hollander and CTO Sagi Mann.

TROPHiT’s technology does not require a software development kit (SDK) or any other changes, and it enables video-game companies to use every part of the game – coins, diamonds, steps, hints – to be used as marketing tools called “vouchers.”

For the first time, video games can be treated as small marketing tools in and of themselves.

In some ways, they can be considered like a store that has items inside that are for sale.

For example, according to Mann: “Instead of using a regular online ad that says something like ‘download our soccer game now’ to promote our product, we add a button right inside the game that reads, ‘Receive 200 coins’ in England and ‘Receive bonus level’ in the US. And if a user does push the button to download the game, he receives the extra 200 coins or bonus level immediately.”

“In addition, instead of inviting a friend to play through Facebook, if you invite him directly, he’ll receive 50 bonus diamonds,” he said. “A third incentive is players can ‘recycle’ coins they’re not using in the game and in return receive a new sword they can use in a different game altogether.”

Video-game producers are well aware that users are much more likely to engage in incentivized installs, for example, to download a game when they are offered virtual items.

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Translated by Hannah Hochner.

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