PGC Helsinki: Teemu Haila of Metaplay: “Hope is not a plan.” | Pocket

Day One of Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2023

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Insights from Teemu Haila of Metaplay

Teemu Haila, the CPO and co-founder of Metaplay, shared his insights in a talk titled “Three top learnings from shipping modern F2P games.” In his talk, Haila emphasizes the importance of long-term planning in game development.

Don’t just build for the now

Haila points out that game developers often prioritize short-term goals over long-term planning. This can lead to projects with unstable foundations and hinder future scalability. He suggests building pipelines for easy game economy management and configuration, such as using a Google Sheet integrated with the game’s backend.

Hope is hopeless

Haila’s favorite quote, “Hope is not a plan,” reinforces the importance of proactive problem-solving. He urges developers to address challenges early on, as it is more cost-effective than fixing issues later. This mindset applies not only to coding but also to other aspects of game development.

Three key takeaways

Haila concludes his talk with three actionable takeaways. First, he advises developers to consider implementing complex workflows progressively. Second, he highlights the significance of customizing data pipelines to improve return on investment. Finally, he emphasizes planning upgrade paths and using tools with well-defined migration options to reduce maintenance costs over time.

By applying these insights and strategies, developers can create more efficient, productive, and scalable games. Haila encourages game developers to take these lessons to heart and be proud of their work.

Pocket Gamer Connects Jordan 2023

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