Bad Viking Rebrand

I just realised that I never mentioned here that we decided to rebrand my Bad Viking site recently. It started out as a portal site for games from around the web but I found that I was far more interested in focusing on making games and running a portal as well just wasn’t feasible. Gradually it just became neglected to the extent that I stopped putting any games up there.

Not long ago however we decided that it was about time we did something with it since we’ve always thought that the Bad Viking brand is pretty cool. We’ve also started to dip into the world of multiplayer games so we wanted to have a home for all these games with a centralised login system. It also means that we have a place that we can showcase our other games.

So here’s our new site, redesigned by John: http://www.badviking.com/

We just wanted something simple and functional for the time being but we’re working on a new multiplayer game and once that’s ready we’ll get to work setting up Bad Viking so that people can register to play the game on there.

September 17th, 2012 Articles Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Mochi London 2012

This September I’m going to be speaking at Mochi London 2012. It promises to be a great event with some interesting talks lined up and a great way to meet up with some fellow developers. My own talk will be with my brother, John, about our multiplayer game Bad Eggs Online, focusing on our experiences with microtransactions in a multiplayer game.

So whether you’re a developer, an artist, a site owner, or just anyone even slightly interested in flash games you should come along and say hi. Registration for the event is free and open here: http://mochilondon2012-estw.eventbrite.com/

June 19th, 2012 Articles Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Bad Viking

BadViking.com

If you have played a few of my games you may have noticed that some of them appear to be sponsored by a site called BadViking.com. This is actually my own website and I have self-sponsored several of my games (meaning I have my links and logos in the games). BadViking.com differs from this website in that I host games on there from other developers as well as my own.

I hand pick all the games that go onto BadViking.com by playing them first to make sure they are of a high enough quality. I also try to ensure that the site is family friendly, something that I believe to be an important consideration.

The Bad Viking brand was something that I came up with one afternoon after deciding that it was about time I owned a website to publish games on. I drew several little viking characters and refined them until I had something that I liked. The actual name of the brand came later. I bounced a few ideas around, Red Viking, Little Viking, etc before finally settling on Bad Viking. When coming up with a website name a big factor is whether or not the site name is available and I think ultimately that was what led me to BadViking.com.

The decision to self-sponsor some games was made in an attempt to drive more traffic to BadViking.com. It’s a more long term strategy to trying to make money from Flash games since you don’t get the up-front payment that you get with a sponsorship. Instead you have to hope that over time your website will become more popular and that you can make more money from on-site advertising.

I found it difficult to decide whether to aim for sponsorships or to go for the website model but now that I have given both methods a proper run out I have opted to focus my attention more on developing than on publishing. There is a lot of competition in the publishing sector and a large number of already established sites with huge user bases. As a developer you don’t really get the sense that you are competing with other developers. A good game is a good game no matter what other developers are producing around the same time.

I do still maintain BadViking.com and publish games regularly but it is not my main priority at the moment.

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