Traplight Creative Director Sami Kalliokoski took part in an interesting panel in Casual Connect USA on 17th of January. The panel dived into how to make safe, easy and fun games that both kids and their parents can enjoy.
Check out below Sami and Traplight’s take on some of the topics discussed in the panel. You can also watch the full panel discussion in YouTube!
It has become clear to us at Traplight through our own experiences and by looking at current industry trends that User-Generated Content games are super interesting for kids. Because of the high interest towards creating, monetising UGC games comes naturally through the creation elements. Big Bang Racing became popular with kids a bit by accident, but if we were to focus more on making games for kids, we would also put a lot of effort into creating interesting and fun collection mechanics that have been proven to work great in games targeted towards younger audience.
The nature of User-Generated Content games means that players are able to basically create whatever they like. This makes it a challenge to control the content players create and to keep underage players safe. In Big Bang Racing players can give thumbs up or thumbs down on the created content, much like in social media, and the community is able to quickly hide offensive or not-kid-friendly content. There are also basic bad word filters in place to make sure that the names of levels, players or teams are not offensive. We would also like to highlight the importance of parents playing with their kids: a UGC game can be a kid’s first touch to social media like social interaction, and having a parent there will help them learn how to behave when interacting with other players and the content created by them.
When it comes to virality, our games rely heavily on the inherent social aspects of User-Generated Content: When you create something you also want to share it with others. In addition Traplight focuses on influencers to make our games visible in social media and YouTube. We put effort into making streaming and video creation easy inside our games. This will help influencers to create content for their fans, and also the players who just want to share their experiences with friends. We also add features that will help influencers create fun and engaging content utilising the User-Generated Content in our games.