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PGC Digital: "Community management is a great support system towards monetisation," says Gear Inc game producer Saumya Iyer

The advice was shared as part of a panel on 'Lessons Learnt in Game Monetisation'

PGC Digital: "Community management is a great support system towards monetisation," says Gear Inc game producer Saumya Iyer

"Community management is a great support system towards monetisation," according to Gear Inc mobile game producer Saumya Iyer.

The advice was shared during a panel on 'Lessons Learnt in Game Monetisation' at PGC Digital #5. Other panellists consisted of Gameberry Labs co-founder Afsar Ahmad, Fingersoft ad monetisation manager Otto Simola, Jagex Games Studio product director Matt Casey, Funday Factory product and partner Emil Kjaehr and Adverty director of sales Alex Ginn.

"The amount of effort that you put in - depending on the type of game or genre you have - can make a big difference," continued Iyer.

When approaching different types of monetisation, Simola recommending trying lots of different things such as season passes and expansion. He also encouraged developers to try multiple methods and "find what's suitable for the game".

Player health

"It's always important to check in on players if they are spending more time or money in-game than normal," said Casey, when speaking about the RuneScape community.

The product director revealed that the average player metric for users on RuneScape is around seven-years-old. The studio initially went with a traditional advertisement monetisation approach, before moving to a subscription service and now utilising a hybrid system of both.

Casey continued by stating that the studio has a "duty" to look after their players, making sure they are comfortable with their spending. RuneScape has addressed this by introducing a number of in-game messages. The theory behind this is that in the long-term, the community will repay the faith, which considering 2021 is the 20th anniversary of the fantasy MMO seems to have merit.

A screenshot of the panel during the Monetiser track at PGC Digital #5.

RuneScape developer Jagex has recently been acquired once again, with The Carlyle Group reportedly paying $530 million for the studio.

PGC Digital #5 takes place from February 8th to February 12th. To keep up to date with all of our coverage, check out the roundups here. There's still time to sign up - to find out more and book a ticket, head to the website.

Features Editor

Matthew Forde is the features editor at PocketGamer.biz and also a member of the Pocket Gamer Podcast. You can find him on Twitter @MattForde64 talking about stats, data and everything pop culture related - particularly superheroes.

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