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Ramin Shokrizade's Blog   Expert Blogs


I work full time exclusively as the economist for Wargaming America.

I wish to narrow the gap between game developers and consumers. The ethical and transparent treatment of gamers inside F2P business environments is my specialty and passion. I also seek to marry neuroscience and behavioral economics with game design to provide maximum pleasure to gamers without abusing them.

For more information about me, please check my LinkedIn profile ( 

A complete list of my recent (2010-) papers is here:

I've also been interviewed recently on NPR:

For those who have been asking me to speak at their conferences, WG supports me in doing so. Thus I will be doing this a lot more this year.


Expert Blogs

Posted by Ramin Shokrizade on Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:34:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Serious, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
As Millennials spend ever more hours each day connected to electronic devices, the word "addiction" is being used with much more frequency. Ramin Shokrizade argues that while the trend may be troubling, the risks are largely misunderstood.

Monetization expert Ramin Shokrizade attempts to explain that just because we CAN do some things to our consumers within a F2P business model environment, that does not always mean we should.

Monetization expert Ramin Shokrizade explains how F2P is transforming media and society world-wide. The concepts here were also presented at the Austin Captivate Conference and the Panama ICPEN summit earlier this month.

Posted by Ramin Shokrizade on Thu, 25 Jul 2013 05:35:00 EDT in Design, Social/Online
By considering the physiological effects of games on consumers, we can optimize the experience for maximum engagement. Virtual Economist Ramin Shokrizade proposes a new paradigm for matching content with various consumer groups.

Posted by Ramin Shokrizade on Wed, 26 Jun 2013 08:16:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Smartphone/Tablet
Virtual Economist Ramin Shokrizade explains in detail the top methods used to trick consumers into spending in F2P games.

Posted by Ramin Shokrizade on Thu, 20 Jun 2013 03:40:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Social/Online
Applied Virtual Economist Ramin Shokrizade explains the biological link between children and vulnerability to coercive monetization models. He appeals to the interactive media community to act proactively to protect the next generation of gamers.

Ramin Shokrizade's Comments

Comment In: [News - 07/18/2014 - 07:21]

This is a complicated subject. ...

This is a complicated subject. The key to a resolution where everyone wins, is clear and constructive communication. So far I have observed that Apple 's strategy is to avoid communication entirely with regulators, perhaps hoping to delay a resolution. This gives the impression that Apple wishes to be above ...

Comment In: [News - 07/10/2014 - 02:01]

I think without the immersive ...

I think without the immersive effect I recently described as The Titanic Effect , that these sales will be particularly weak. The quality of most of these goods is so low that without that trick, their value would be negligible to consumers.

Comment In: [News - 07/11/2014 - 06:13]

Platform holders are getting really ...

Platform holders are getting really good at generating accidental revenue from minors.

Comment In: [Blog - 06/12/2014 - 10:36]

I describe this technique as ...

I describe this technique as Reward Removal in my Top F2P Monetization Tricks paper. Most of the top performing F2P games in the space currently use some variant of it.

Comment In: [News - 06/17/2014 - 04:50]

The industry has been investing ...

The industry has been investing heavily in trend analysis focused design the last few years, trying to isolate what makes a commercially successful game. The problem is that what makes a commercially successful game is partly dependent on dopamine production, which is suppressed by repetition. So trying to repeat success ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/26/2014 - 05:12]

I will wait to see ...

I will wait to see the rest of your related postings before making a major comment, but it would be helpful to have your definition of casual, moderate, hardcore, and forum posting groups since it seems like you are attempting to mix quantitative and qualitative assessments and conclusions which are ...