Gamer Clustering Methodology and Case Studies Part 2

Gamer Clustering, Game, Game Industry, Game logging

On March 25th, TENTUPLAY was invited by CookApps to host a talk. CookApps is a game developer of casual mobile games that operates mostly in the North American and European market. Some of their most famous titles include Modern City, Hawaii Life, and Random Royale. We will continue to introduce and summarize our talk given from Part 1

cookapps

 

  1. Personalization Service Methodology, User Clustering Test

After clustering users based on their in-game behavior, it is important to proceed with tests to check a user’s player motivation and reasons for quitting. These tests are to confirm that the questions “Did this user really leave because they couldn’t achieve what they wanted?” and ”Did we correctly identify the player’s motivations?”

We operate under the assumption that users with specific personas download games to play with specific expectations and if these expectations are not met that they stop playing. 

user persona

At this point we can take a persona group and divide it into subcategories of people whose expectations were met and those whose expectations were not met and compare the two subcategories. We utilize various hypothesis testing methodologies such as multivariate GLS and panel data analysis to identify the persona’s player motivations.

 

player motivations

  1. Personalization Service Methodology, Testing Recommendations

Following the previous assumption that if users will leave if their expectations are not fulfilled, we also operate under the assumption that if before a user leaves, if they are provided with a tailor-fit service that matches their needs and wants, that the user’s expectation will be at least partially satisfied, making them continue playing the game.

After identifying the player motivations per persona, offering personalized services that fit each persona’s wants and needs, assessing whether these recommendations were successful, you can decide on whether to continue utilizing personalized services further, or not.

personalization service methodology

A commonly used method is A/B testing. This method consists of randomly dividing the user base into two groups (A, B) and providing them with different versions and seeing which is more effective. You can test by dividing a persona group into two subgroups, one which is offered personalized recommendations and services, and one which is not to create a sample and a control group.

ab test

 

If it is difficult to divide a persona category and use A/B testing, it is also possible to offer personalized services from a specific point in time, and then compare before and after the personalized services were implemented in a structural break test.

structural break test-1

We have examined collecting data for offering personalized services, user clustering, testing and recommendation success testing. However, it is likely that game developers will have resource limitations in trying to develop tools for every step of the way. Leaving the personalization process to TENTUPLAY and we’ll maximize profits so you can focus entirely on development!