Gaming, Social, Virtual Worlds

The Music Industry Is Built on Artists, but Shuns Creators

Dave Edwards

If the music business can revise its draconian approach to copyright, modding, and UGC, it will empower tech startups to do for audio what TikTok did for video.

A Novel Framework for Reputation-Based Systems

Jad Esber and Scott Kominers

Web3 projects should be designed around two tokens—one for signaling reputation, the other for offering liquidity—which would represent people's contributions.

Inside Latin America’s Creator Economy: Rich in Influence, Poor in Cash

Julio Vasconcellos

Though LatAm leads the world in internet and digital media consumption, its creators still struggle to cash in on their influence. That presents an opportunity.

The Therapist Will See You Now. But Where?

Hannah Zeavin

As therapists and patients debate a return to the physical office, both must consider the newly discovered advantages of "distanced intimacy."

It’s Time for Esports to Stop Idolizing Traditional Sports

Marty Strenczewilk

Esports are pioneering the future of sports engagement. But to succeed, they need to stop chasing the NBA and NFL and become diverse entertainment companies.

In Online Ed, Content Is No Longer King—Cohorts Are

Wes Kao

Consumers pay for what’s scarce. And within the crowded, cheap, content-rich world of online education, what's scarce is community.

The Future of Games Is Instant

Jonathan Lai

A new class of inherently social instant games melds the click-to-play ease of early Flash games with the quality and performance of app-native games.

Fans, Not Professional Developers, Will Drive the Hit IPs of the Future

Jade Raymond

The franchises of the future need to be designed to ensure quality and canon even when we hand over ownership to the fans.

The Creator Economy Comes for Gaming

Joost van Dreunen

Players are discovering new ways to monetize, whether by building original game worlds, selling in-game goods on the blockchain, or engaging new streamer tools.

Designing for, Marketing to, and Partnering with Gen Z

Tiffany Zhong and Connie Chan

Key differences between Gen Z and millennials, how to market without being "cringe," and how Gen Z is shifting the paradigm around money, luxury, and work.