Welcome to part two in our series covering all things Savvy Games Group. In this episode Aaron Bush chats with Javier Ferreira, the co-CEO of Scopely, which was acquired by Savvy earlier this year for $4.9 billion – the sixth largest gaming acquisition of all time. Scopely is now the #2 largest North American mobile games company (as measured by global IAPs), and it serves over 100 million players across its portfolio of games.
In this episode, Javier walks us through how the company has grown, what does and doesn’t change now that Scopely is owned by Savvy, and updates us on Scopely’s approach to creating great games. We also dive into Monopoly Go (how did Scopely create the #1 mobile game in the US?), Stumble Guys (and what it says about Scopely’s cross-platform ambitions), GSN (including how to get better at M&A), and more. We also discuss the tensions between managing creativity and systems at scale, Scopely’s view on UGC, and wrap up with a few things Javier is excited about for the future.
Also, if you missed our first interview with Javier, which shares great insights into how Scopely operates, check it out here: https://naavik.co/podcast/javier-ferreira/
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