Products That You Should Have For Pro Gamers

Being a pro gamer is not a cheap thing to achieve. There is plenty of equipment to purchase and it is not the cheapest, but also not too expensive. You are getting your moneys worth for what you pay for. In my detailed post I mentioned gaming equipment, I am going to go into more detail on the different equipment a pro gamer should have. First things first is a controller. Now you can use just a standard controller or you can use what most pros use and that is a Scuf controller. You can either buy a Scuf controller and add some customization to it our you can mail in your own controller and customize it and have it mailed back to you. By customization I mean adding a skin design to the controller, adding grip, changing the kind controller stick, and or adding paddles. Now the skin design is just what covers the base of the controller, so instead of having a plain black controller you could have a red and black controller. It just makes the controller look cooler. The grip is just so you have a better grip on your controller, so it does not slip out of your hands.

There a two kinds of controller sticks you can use; concave and domed. Concave is where the center of the stick is caved in and the domed is where the stick is in the shape a dome. They do not necessarily make you play better, it is just your preference for what you would want to use. The paddles are designed for button mapping. By this I mean having the paddle replace a button so you do not have to use that button.

These go on the back of the controller. For example let’s say that the A button is used to jump, when customizing the controller paddles you can assign one the paddles the A button. So instead of always having to press A to jump you can just push the paddle instead. Now the paddles can be assigned to any button you want, just do what fits your style of play. You can have up to four paddles, which means you can have four buttons remapped for the paddles.

The next thing you will want to get is a gaming headset. The top two companies are Turtle Beach and Astro Gaming. These headsets allow you to hear game audio and chat audio in the headset. It is up to you to figure out what levels you want each audio at. Each person has their own preference but majority of the pro players use Astro gaming. Also, each person will say that one is better than the other based on what headset they have. I have had a Turtle Beach headset before but now have an Astro Gaming headset. I personally think Atros are better because they are designed better, and I think they have better quality.

You want to have one of these brands because they will help you in-game. It will help you hear things at a distance and it helps you hear people coming up behind you. Do some research, look at reviews, and talk to your friends about them and buy what you think is best. The last main thing you will need is a monitor. There are a lot of companies who make monitors, just like headsets each person has their own preference of what brand they use. Major League Gaming uses BenQ monitors. They even have a specific monitor that is used by the pros at events. You can find these by just Googling them. These have the best quality and the lowest lag response time. The picture is so clear, colorful, and is nice because there is no lag which means everything that happens, happens in real time with no delay. Another thing that I would recommend is a recording a device to record your gameplays. You can get an El Gato or and Hauppague HDPVR.

These are the only two that I know of, but I am sure there are more. Before purchasing one these make sure your computer or laptop reaches and or exceeds the specifications of the device. These are not necessary to be a pro gamer, but it is nice to record your gameplays and makes videos out of them and post them to YouTube. Basically every pro player makes YouTube videos from their games. You can get fans to watch and subscribe to your YouTube channel. This is not necessity but it is a nice thing to have to show to others. These are the products that players in general and pro players use. I highly recommend looking into all of these. Theses would be an investment, a one time purchase that would last a very long time. I hope that these help you guys out. Happy gaming.

 

Ways To Play Stacraft 2

The best way to improve at Starcraft 2 is to play a lot. It sounds silly, but it’s simply true. When I started playing, I was originally placed in gold league and stayed there for a full three months. Then, slowly but surely, I rose up until I was in the top 50 Grandmasters in America.

Obviously, not everyone can become a Grandmaster (it requires, amongst other things, exceptional reflexes, reaction time and coordination), but I firmly believe that, with practice, everyone can become a master at Starcraft 2.

The first thing to work on is understand the game mechanics, namely: armor vs non-armored, range, attack speed, damage reduction, hidden bonuses, splash damage, etc. For instance, one thing that makes the Terran siege tanks so powerful is the fact that they might hit not just one unit, but up to 8. Obviously, the 70 damage they can quickly become 300-400, making them one of the highest-damage units in the game.

Every unit has its particularities and becoming intrinsically familiar with them will greatly improve your play. Any Protoss player, for instance, knows how to individually blink their stalkers to save them as they are about to die. Likewise, a Zerg player knows not to group their mutalisks during a raid if the enemy has air splash damage, such as a Thor.

The second thing to improve on is your knowledge of group battles. Almost all Starcraft 2 games are decided by one large confrontation, where the loser will be left on the defensive, rolling back, while the victor will keep pushing and destroying the economy and production capacities of the loser. It is better, in my opinion, to retreat from a battle that is clearly lost rather than lose every single one of your units in a lost defense. There are such things in Starcraft 2 as pyrrhic victory, where you somehow manage to hold a magnificent defense, but lose so much time and resources in the process that your other bases are left defenseless.

Another key trick to improve at Starcraft 2 is to utterly master the art of macroing, i.e. producing units, mining bases and, most of all, expanding. If you watch professional games, you’ll notice all of them expand very quickly, sometimes dangerously fast. While risky, an early expansion can bring him double the amount of minerals and gas you’d grab on one base, giving you a decisive advantage in the mid-game.

Lastly, take the time required to define and improve your style, whether it is micro-aggression, economy or turtling. Learning which race suits your best will also help you develop as a Starcraft 2 player and slowly grind up until you reach master. In my mind, with one or two hours per day, any player can become a master within 6 months if he practices correctly.

 

Tips To Play Elder Scrolls Online

Elder scrolls online is one of the best games that you can play. For you to survive in the game you need to know a number of survival tactics. Some of the survival tactics that you need to know are:

Learn how to fight

You can’t survive elder scrolls online (ESO) if you don’t know how to fight. The best way of doing this is choosing a character with good fighting skills. This means that you should use a character with good blocking, dodging and interrupting skills.

The other thing that you need to know is how to operate your characters. The good side is that knowing how to operate your characters is easy.

For example, when you see your enemy winding-up for a killer blow you only need to double-tap a movement in order to dodge the blow. You can also right-click in order to take the sting out of the incoming attack then left-click to interrupt the next attack.

Keep questing

For you to level fast you need to quest. Quests tend to dish out more points and you are able to survive in the game. This means that if you want to survive you need to take as many quests as you can. The good side is that there are many tutorials that will teach you on how to quest effectively and within a very short time.

Enchant your weapons and morph your abilities

Once you are experienced in a given skill, you can morph your skill so that you can become more powerful and useful. You should note that although morphing is very good and plays a huge role in making you better, it costs you a skill point that you could have used to gain a whole new spell or ability.

In addition to morphing your skills, you should also consider enchanting your weapons. Using glyphs is the best way of enchanting your weapons and armor. If you can’t get ready made glyphs, you should consider crafting your own glyphs. You can do this by gathering and combining runes.

Get ultimate ability as soon as possible

For you to be able to easily defeat your enemies you need to get ultimate abilities. To be on the safe side you should ensure that you gain the ultimate abilities very early in the game. You can earn the abilities by using unlocking spells and abilities that you meet in your journey.

 

Benefit of Tested Games

Why video game tester job programs which make some people thousands of dollars leave others with a bad experience. And what determines when these programs are, and are not, right for you.

First, let’s look at hunting for a traditional job.

Take a step back and look at ways to seek traditional employment. There are different ways to look for work when searching for any job whether it be a secretary, sales representative, or plumber.

One way is do it yourself. Search on your own for job openings, write your own resumes, and visit each location (at the expense of gasoline or public transportation) to apply and attend interviews. At the end of the process you keep your full paycheck, pay no one else anything to get a job, and owe nothing to anyone once you have a job. This is the traditional way to obtain employment, and in many situations it’s still the best method today. One consideration if you collect unemployment benefits from a previous job, doing at least some of your job searching this way may be a requirement of the law where you live in order to not lose your unemployment benefits before finding a new job.

Another is work with a staffing agency or temporary employment agency. In this approach, they attempt to find employment for you from among hundreds of potential jobs. They may conduct your only interview or a small number of interviews, from which they gather the information needed to find the best matches for you among all the jobs in their database. They may also offer assistance in writing a master resume for their use, or a set of resumes from which they can select the best for each kind of job to submit to multiple companies.

Some agencies pay you, while charging the company needing workers both what you are owed and additional money to cover their fees. In this scenario, the agency is charging the business needing staff for providing workers as well as human resource management and other administrative services.

Alternatively, placement agencies and organizations which service freelancers may charge the job seeker: either a one-time fee per successful placement, or regular membership fees. One-time fees are more common among agencies providing permanent job placement, while membership fees are more common among providers of freelance work.

For example, freelance truckers can subscribe to services which give them access to hundreds of available shipping contracts they can select from. In this example, the agency aggregates and presents as many available contracts as possible to truckers for a fee; and leaves it up to the truckers to accept offers which best meet their personal, scheduling, and financial goals. Taxi drivers may have a similar arrangement with a dispatch agency which charges a regular fee for use of a branded name, the service of forwarding call-in customers to drivers, and possibly use of a vehicle specially equipped to serve as a taxi. Drivers in turn keep the money they collect from their passengers.

How are jobs as a video game tester different?
The answer is, they are not any different.

With game tester jobs your options are the same.

You can do it yourself. Using your own experience, education, and training you can seek employment entirely on your own for free. You can search for opportunities using your own effort just as with any other kind of job. Directly contacting companies like Blizzard, EA Software, Konami, Riot Games, and others on your own will only cost you in your own time and resources. All you need to do is compete directly with other possibly more experienced game testers; some of whom may already understand what hiring managers will be looking for, be familiar with these companies, and have a broader set of experiences to build their resumes and portfolios from. You won’t have to pay anyone to compete directly against other applicants who may be able to respond faster, with more powerful qualifications, and a better idea of what matters and what doesn’t to perspective employers.

Or, you could work with a video game tester job program. This arrangement works similar to the arrangement with staffing companies and freelance agencies for more traditional jobs.

In some arrangements, membership for the person seeking work is free. When this is the case, the game development company needing games tested is paying the company running the program to provide testers from a pool of applicants. You may, or may not, receive the same payment as when you work directly for the game development company. In either case, if your membership is free it’s because the game development company pays money to the program in addition to the money you receive. In exchange, the company operating the program handles human resources or other tasks – such as screening potential applicants and only selecting those they feel are best suited to the interests of the game development company. These companies do not charge you, because they charge the game development company and that’s who they work for – not you.

Other arrangements more closely resemble freelance agencies for taxi drivers, truckers, message specialists, beauticians, and so on. You pay a membership fee and in exchange you receive services, the most basic of which include making available to you as many jobs as you can qualify for. Others may include: helping you develop and present your resume, matching you with the best contracts, and managing your portfolio for you. You pay them, either a monthly fee or a percentage of what you make, and they are working for you – not the gaming company.

So, why are video game tester job programs great programs for some but not for others?
And, how do I know when such a program is right for me?

The main reason is mismatching between the game tester’s goals and objectives vs. a program’s services and benefits.

Experienced game testers often won’t benefit from a program, but could still benefit from books or other resources which some programs come with. They should check first if they could obtain the same books and resources on their own faster, at less cost, or both. A program would only benefit the experienced game tester if paying a fee just to get these kinds of resources would cost less in time and money than going out to find the same resources on their own.

If you’re a professional game tester and feel jobs offered through these programs are a step backwards for you, but you still don’t want to search on your own (maybe you average $11/hr. but could average $35/hr. if you had help being more competitive), you could always work with traditional staffing agencies. This is best if you are trying to move from an existing full-time game tester position to a better one, or are also open to other kinds of employment. The down side is they may poorly handle video game tester jobs unless they specialize in gaming. If your qualifications are strong enough, and your portfolio stands well on its own, using a traditional staffing agency is probably still your best choice if you’re serious about moving to a better game development position from one you already have.

If you’re new to game related jobs or the job market in general, then you probably would benefit from a program. College education programs are best if you seek degree training in the field. However, college programs seldom offer job placement at the end of the program. If you’re concerned about actually obtaining a job once you get your degree, you may want to augment your college education by participating in a freelance video game tester job program during your off-time from school. Augmenting your college education with time spent participating in a freelance program is probably the best bet for someone new to game development.

Another issue is the way these programs are marketed. Matching workers with jobs for a fee is older than the United States; however the video game industry only developed since the advent of the information age. As a result, agencies which match workers with traditional work generally promote themselves by describing their benefits in a strait forward way. There is no need to convince anyone on the concept of a traditional job; they simply need to inform people on reasons they may want to use a staffing service as opposed to seeking employment on their own.

By comparison, video game tester job programs need to promote both the concept of being a video game tester and the concept of using a freelance program to do so. This is sometimes done using persuasive language combined with the best examples of potential income which (while accurate) may not reflect the average tester’s typical results. Also some websites promoting these programs are not built by the company operating the program, but instead by 3rd party internet marketers who simply build a website using the most favorable and persuasive information before moving on to another site promoting a different product. It’s not that anyone is running a “scam” per se. The video game tester job program is in the business of matching potential testers with available work, while the affiliate webmaster is in the business of building as many websites for as many products as they can earn income promoting.

To make sure the website you’re reading gives you accurate, quality, information look for: citations from well-known game industry writers or trusted sources like Wikipedia, in-depth many paged articles, recently updated articles (indicating a site that’s maintained with the latest information), at least one page being older (an older terms of service or privacy policy shows the site has been around for a while), and so on. Affiliate sites with these characteristics are likely to be providing you information you can trust and make sound decisions on; and to advertise and market proven programs, even if other sites promoting the same programs use more generic sales tactics.

What if you are not interested in college or a permanent career, you just want some easy money.

If this is the case, you need to look at the kinds of assignments you choose once you sign up for a video game tester job program. Most programs offer consumer experience (CE, UX, or UXA) assignments as well as quality assurance (QA) assignments, even if their website talks mostly about QA. However, when selecting, applying for, and accepting assignments be sure to read carefully what the assignment entails and the requirements you must meet in order to get paid. QA offers generally pay a lot more, but QA assignments are not as easy and nowhere near as fun. QA testing is very tedious, can be frustrating at times, and requires a more committed mindset. Of course, if you see a QA offer which it looks like you’d enjoy doing (and it pays enough) don’t overlook it. Just understand QA assignments are not as easy as CE, UX, and UXA assignments – especially if your mindset is easy money. The upside to QA of course is that it pays more when you do fulfill all its requirements.

 

How To Get Many Coins In FIFA

FIFA is one of the most popular games in the world. While the game is popular, many people don’t know how to get many coins in the game. To help you out, here are tips on how to get many coins:

Engage in single player games

Here you need to play against a machine. When playing, you should ensure that you win with a large margin for you to get many coins. For example, when you win with at least 3-0 you will fetch 400-500 coins in every game.

Participate in tournaments

Tournaments are great places to earn a lot of money. When participating in these tournaments you should make every effort to win the games. When you win in a tournament, you make about 800 coins in every match.

Be wise in your buying and selling times

Many people play the game after work. This means that many people start playing at 3 pm or 5 pm. This means that there is high demand for the coins at this time. If you have time, it’s recommended that you play during the early morning hours.

When you play at this time you easily collect the coins which you can sell at a profit during the peak hours. By selling the coins later on you easily fetch a lot of money. For example, you can make 1,000 to 100,000 coins from your sales.

Select skilled players

When playing, you should use highly skilled players. Skilled players will not only help you in winning a game, but they will also be of high demand; therefore, you will sell them at a higher price which will result to you making a lot of money.

Resell packs and cards

A pack contains contracts, balls, players, kits and managers. If you have some money, you should buy a number of packs and later resell them at a profit. If you have cards of top rated players, you can sell them at huge profits and earn a lot of coins.

Conclusion

These are tips on how to earn a lot of coins when playing FIFA. To ensure that your fund flow remains constant, it’s recommended that you have a backup second team to use when you want to rest your top rated players.

When playing tournaments, you should avoid quitting the games. This is because doing so results to a fall in your DNF modifier which means that you will earn lesser coins in any tournaments that you win in the future.

 

Tips To Make ArcheAge Gold

ArcheAge gold is the currency that is used in ArcheAge game. If you don’t know what ArcheAge is, this is a MMORPG that was developed by XL games. The game allows you to create your own characters. You also have the benefit of building your own content and play modes.

ArcheAge gold allows you to get the items that you need. For example, the currency allows you to get the weapons and mounts that you need. While the gold is important, it’s not freely available; you have to earn it. Some of the ways of making the currency include:

Farming

This is the practice of growing crops on farmland and harvesting mature plants. The mature plants are used in cooking, husbandry, and a host of other things.

In ArcheAge, crops grow at different speeds and as a player you need to ensure that you harvest a lot of produce. The more you harvest the more you make gold.

You should note that many crops in the game are affected by climate; therefore, you should always take a look at your map to ensure that you grow the right crops.

Develop a labor system

Here you create a system that allows you to easily hire people to work for you on your farm and pay them for their labor. The good side with having this system is that you get all the projects done in the right time and as a result you get a lot of gold.

From the gold that you get you use some of it to pay your laborious and you keep the rest in your account.

By creating a good and effective labor system you will be able to get a lot of gold within a short time.

Use the Auction house

The auction house is where you buy items at low price and later sell them at high prices. For you to make good money using this system you need to understand the demand and supply chain. You also need to know what to sell at what time.

Buy gold

In some cases you will find that the gold you have is not enough to accomplish the tasks at hand. If you find yourself in such a scenario you should consider buying gold from the many online sellers. The good side with the sellers is that they sell the gold at brilliant prices; therefore, you won’t spend a lot of money.

 

The Most Addictive Games for Android Devices

Mobile games are taking the world by storm. There is a long list of paid games, but the number of free games is as long, if not longer. Many different games are available to mobile users. An Android game takes many forms. Some are short enough to be completed during the morning commute. Others games offer players with hours on end of exciting game play. The mobile gaming industry is making the most of available technology to give the public more than enough reason to keep falling in love with Android games.

If you have just picked up a new device, then here are some highly recommended games for your Android mobile phone. They have been designed to provide mobile users a means to kill time in the most entertaining way possible.

“Dots”

The challenges that players of “Dots” need to overcome is to properly line up dots of similar colors as fast as they can. This very casual puzzle game requires players to draw lines between dots of different colors in order to link them together. It is also quite addictive because of the perfect combination of simple requirements and the “just right” amount of challenge. The player has to work fast given the limited amount of time. It is available in multiplayer mode, allowing groups of friends to see whether their pals fare better (or worse) than them. Bonuses are available to players that make the effort to trace closed loops. Power-ups (all consumable) are given to players with enough amounts of gathered dots. The difficulty level faced by players increases with more complicated dot combinations. “Dots” is quite attractive to mobile users who prefer games that are sharply designed and visually engaging.

“Super Monsters Ate My Condo!”

“Super Monsters Ate My Condo!” offers a bevy of neon colors and a high-speed game play that involved colorful apartment floors that drop off at a breakneck pace. The player can gain high scores by making the right matches and combinations. While players try to keep up with the main challenge, they must not forget the monsters standing by at the tower. They are hungry for apartment floors and ought to be fed only floors of a similar color. If the player makes a mistake in this regard, the monsters go on a rampage and destroy everything on their path.

“Sky Force”

There are plenty of games with contemporary themes and innovative game play. However, many mobile users are also on the lookout for Android games that just allows them to blast away at the enemy. “Sky Force” offer its players an old-school blaster experience with a 3D graphic environment.

“Dead Trigger 2”

A first-person mobile shooting game set in a zombie apocalypse is a sure hit amongst Android users. “Dead Trigger 2” is a good example of such a game. Aside from the outstanding weapons systems and auto-fire mechanism, the game features a hideout and crafting system. Currency can be used to speed up the time that assistants build additional firepower. The same currency system facilitates upgrading of weapons in this high quality shooter game for mobile platforms.

“Highway Chase”

This game is all about action and shooting. As a police sniper, the gamer must shoot the car thief while riding a helicopter. Hit your target at the designated time in order to pass the stage. It may seem easy but it is all about timing. Take up the challenge and hone your shooting skills.

 

All About Slot Gaming Machines

A gaming machine is a machine that helps you or your children to play your favorite games. There are many types of gaming machines, but the most popular ones are slot machines. There are many types of slot machines in the market with the most popular ones being:

Classic Slot Machines

The classic slot machines have 3 reels and only one payline. The machines are the traditional machines used in playing the traditional games. They first appeared in land based casinos. While you will find unique symbols in the machines, you will come across common symbols such as oranges, cherries, and melons.

Some of the popular games that you can play with the machines include: wheel of fortune, cash wheel, deluxe, diamond solitaire, and triple Zesty Hot Peppers.

Bonus Machine

These ones have bonus features such as bonus games. Other special features that you will find in these machines include gamble features and free spins. For you to play the game, the bonus game has to be triggered by 3 bonus symbols. To reveal the prizes you should select 3 items on the second screen.

There are many bonus games that you can play using these machines. The modern games that you can play include: winning bid, Neon nights, terminator, monopoly and top gun. If you like fishing games you can play Bearly fishing.

Loyalty Machine

They operate on the popular theme and you will find them in both land based and online casinos. For you to play the game you have to collect 5 pink star symbols. Every time that one of the star symbols lands on the reels, one of the greyed out rectangles at the top of the reels is illuminated. When all the symbols are illuminated you will have won a loyalty jackpot.

One of the cool things about this machine is that it encourages players to continue playing. It does this by reminding you that the more you play the more you increase the chances of winning.

If you want to be successful when playing with these machines you have to prepare yourself by getting as many tokens as possible.

Progressive Machines

They are loved by many people because they make it very easy for you to win big. They are usually of two types: 3 reel slot machines and 5 reel video slots. For you to win a jackpot you have to create a winning combination that is equal to the highest payout on the pay table.

We have many types of gaming machines that you can use to play your favorite games such as 1000shoots fishing game. You can also play cheap kids redemption game using our machines.

 

Casual Games You Need To Try

Nowadays, playing games are the most popular way to overcome boredom. And playing puzzle games is one of the best ways to do it. With the wide variety of smartphones in the market, every person can be entertained and relaxed through these game applications. What’s best with puzzle games? It can be enjoyed by boys and girls, men and women, of any age. The list is composed of paid and free mobile games available on iOS and Android. Here is a list of the must play mobile puzzle games and mobile casual games.

1. Hello Kitty: Fantasy Theater

Hello Kitty: Fantasy Theater is among the newest on this list. It features a piece-matching free puzzle game where you play as the stage director and create a magical performance based on the most adored fairy tales, each round presenting Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters as paper dolls playing different fairy tale characters. You can also compete and play with your friends. This is a free mobile game and also offers in app purchase. With all the Hello Kitty casual mobile games and Hello Kitty puzzles out there, this Hello Kitty puzzle game is a must try, full of fun rolled into one.

Hello Kitty: Fantasy Theater is now open for pre-registration. More exciting rewards like item power ups, audition tickets and coins will be given with more sign ups. Share the news with your friends and get more rewards. Pre-register today to get an exclusive gift and earn one of Sanrio’s coolest character – Kuromi!

2. Sailormoon Drops

Sailormoon Drops is a match-three puzzle game which was released earlier this year. The game features gems used in each puzzle to make three or more connections, the Sailor Guardians with unique skills of their own, cute poses from the Sailor Guardians, unlock lovely wallpapers in each chapter and collect items. The game offers a friendly user interface and is easy to play. The game is free and you can choose to purchase gems. If you are a Sailormoon fan and a puzzle fan, then, this game is sure to top your must play puzzle game and a great way to spend your free time.

3. Monument Valley

Monument Valley is one of the games you must play. The game features a princess finding her way through the mazes, monuments, illusions and wielding the architecture around her explore the world around her and help her escape the Crow People. What makes it one of the best games to be played is its minimalistic 3D design. However, the game is priced at $3.99 before you can play it and another $1.99 for its expansion. If you want to see geometry put into a game, this simple, yet beautiful game is worth your time and your effort.

4. The Room Series

The Room has been quite popular, having released three series in its name, The Room, The Room Two and The Room Three is sure to be included on the list. The game features finding clues on the Null, solving puzzles devised by the Craftsman, exploring new rooms and unraveling secrets. The Room Series is available at $0.99 to $3.99. The Room Series is connected to each story, each that will have you in awe and want for more stories. The magnificent 3D game design and soundtrack are sure to leave you amazed and entirely fulfilled. Be sure to play with your headphones on to enjoy the exciting sound effects the game brings.

5. Yummy Gummy

Yummy Gummy is another match-three game by connecting sweets to finish a round. You will need to meet the requirements of a certain level to make it to the next one. What you will enjoy in this game is its colorful graphics and the cute gummies you see rolling in each round. You see the gummies roll, float or fly, isn’t it just cute to look at? This game is offered for free and also offers in app purchases. It’s an absolutely addictive game that will want you finish the levels all at once. It’s not your ordinary match-three puzzle game, and not something you would want to miss.

 

Scrolls on Minecraft

Mojang, the studio who was valued at $2.5 billion dollars by Microsoft in 2015, the studio who is responsible for sweeping hit Minecraft, which has shipped over 70 million copies is also responsible for another game. That game is Scrolls, one that Mojang would likely rather forget.

The lost brother of Minecraft, Scrolls could not have had a more conventional start to life than its big brother. It was designed with a specific plan in mind, for a specific market, by a well-funded development studio and with an already eager audience awaiting any chance to play it. Minecraft lacked all of these advantages. So why was Scrolls such a failure?

Announced in early March of 2011, Scrolls was described by the creative minds of Mojang as a blend of ‘collectible card games‘ and ‘traditional board games‘, something that they saw as missing from the market. In early December of 2014 it left the Beta development phase, and was officially released. Then only six months later in 2015, Mojang announced defeat. They revealed that active development on Scrolls would be ceased, and that they could not guarantee that the servers would run past July, 2016.

So where did Mojang go wrong? On the surface Scrolls had everything going for it, from a development studio literally awash with money to a massive audience who were excited to try whatever Mojang could produce. It should have been a surefire success. Yet what we have seen is evidence that regardless of the backing, no development project is an assured success.

The development behind Scrolls was extended for a game of it’s size, not an overly ambitious project it still spent four years in development or ‘beta’ before being considered ready for release. The release itself perhaps gave a clue that the game was not experiencing a perfect start to life. The release date was suddenly announced by Mojang on the 10th of December, 2015. Foregoing any build up period, they chose to release it only one day later on the 11th. At the same time they reduced the price down to just $5 dollars. Usually the price would go up, or at the very least stay the same with a move out of beta…

Then there is the much publicised lawsuit with Bethesda over the trademarking of the word Scrolls. Obviously this is not necessarily a sign of poor development, but it again demonstrates issues with planning and development behind the scenes. It certainly would have been an unneeded strain on the management team.

Ultimately though the issue that caused the failure for Scrolls is simple. They did not have enough players to sustain the game. As the post describing their decision to stop development states “the game has reached a point where it can no longer sustain continuous development“. This is a clear indication that their player base, along with any profit being generated was not enough to justify continued expenditure on the game.

The sudden decision to release the game reinforces this theory, as their hope would have been to generate interest in the game with the announcement of a shift out of beta. But as seen by the announcement half a year later, it did not provide the outcome they hoped it would.

We do not have any concrete numbers on how Scrolls sold, other than a tweet from developer Henrik Pettersson that it had shipped 100,000 copies on the 21st of July 2013. This is during the beta period of the game, and we can only assume that it grew by release. But is 100,000 copies enough to support what is essentially a multiplayer board/card game?

Assuming a very rough one week retention rate of 15%, based on figures for PC games from here. We would be looking 15,000 players continuing to play the game after one week. After several months the figures are described as a retention rate of 3-5% players. So optimistically we would be looking at 5,000 players playing Scrolls for more than a few months. Obviously this is a percentage taking from one game, vastly different from Scrolls and so the rates are likely very different. Still, it demonstrates how 100,000 copies does not necessarily mean a healthy player-base.

A multiplayer game requires enough players for easy matchmaking around the clock, and at the time of writing the online player count is hovering around 25. This is not dissimilar from when they announced the cessation of development. The number of copies sold for Scrolls could have been considered a success for a single-player game, but ultimately for an online game like Scrolls the active number of players is more important. Unfortunately this number was just too low.

The lack of player retention and overall low player-base can be contributed to several things, firstly whilst Scrolls received mixed to reasonably positive reviews from critics, it was plagued by problems with balance and missing or otherwise lacking in aspects that for many made it a less than enjoyable experience. The released content patches such as ‘Echoes’ were designed to some extent to fix this, but came too slow or were lacking themselves.

Secondly, a lack of clear communication from the developers and leadership in taking the game forward. Minecraft being a very open-ended game, one that thrived with a single-player mode and a player led multiplayer did not require developer leadership, it grew organically with players creating mods, creating servers and creating adventures themselves. Yet Scrolls being a multiplayer and semi-competitive strategy game meant that the developers had to take a different approach, something they perhaps were not experienced with or expecting.

Thirdly, it did not receive the extensive marketing it required as a multiplayer strategy board game. Minecraft was a game that went viral, for a long time it was the game on YouTube and as a result Mojang never had to market it. On the other hand Scrolls did not receive this free marketing and Mojang was not prepared for this. They did not anticipate that to sustain a constant supply of new players for an online game you must market it. Hearthstone, a very similar game from far more experienced Blizzard is still heavily marketing with advertisements, something that Scrolls always lacked.

Finally Scrolls was a strategy game, a competitive game. Mojang perhaps expected the large community of Minecraft to sustain Scrolls without marketing, but the communities largely did not match. The initial success of Scrolls came from excited Minecraft players giving it a try, but what they found was a very different sort of game. Scrolls needed a different audience, but Mojang did not seek this audience out.

Scrolls was not necessarily a bad game, and it has found a small but devoted fan base dedicated to keeping it alive. Maybe they will. In the end though, what we have seen is a studio not appreciating the full scope of what must be done to produce a successful multiplayer game. Maybe to make it free-to-play would have been the way to go…