November 2012

All posts from November 2012

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November Roundup – Check out what’s been happening in the ever evolving world of Wewana:Play

Wewana-Play-logoWOW – what a November, and we are not even done yet!

We only officially became a company some 8 weeks ago, when Mez and myself (Dee) joined the Oxygen Accelerator, in order to propel our vision and business plan into a full blown reality.

Little did we know just how much we would sacrifice eating, social lives and at some points our sanity in order to announce some happy news today… we finally submitted our first beta version of Wewana:Play to the App store just today!!

It’s Party Time!!

To celebrate we are going to continue to work hard all day, meet gamers face to face at our Social Gaming Event at Urban Coffe tonight and then network with about 70 other entrepreneurs at a regular meetup….

Wait, what? That is what we call celebrating??!

Nope, but submitting the app is simply step one of our long journey…  It’s been a huge task to get to this point from literally having nothing at the start of October, but we will truly celebrate when we have 1,000 gamers who regular use the app and love the tools that we provide them.

Ok, to tell a little truth, when we meet gamers this evening we will be playing Halo 4 with them, so I guess you can say we will take some time off. I’m sure there will be a few hi-fives and maybe even some group hugging, but tomorrow it’s back to work towards our showcase day at Launch48 London next week.

Life in a startup sure is fast paced, but it’s incredibly rewarding too. Here is a quick roundup of our month so far:

 

November Roundup

 

First Official Event

Wewana Play first official event

The start of November began in style with the ‘alpha’ testing of Wewana:Play app. The concept worked!

 

 

Some of the tech team working late:

 

WewanaPlay Tech Team working late pic

As in the norm with startups, you work late fixing things which should have worked last week! Here are Mez and Abdul pretending to work.

 

 

Branding starts to take shape:

 

Wewana:Play Rolling Banner

Time for some branding… we wanted to be noticed where ever we went so why not start with a 2m rolling banner.

 

Wewana:Play tshirt and badge

No branding is complete without a T-shirt and badge…

 

GAME  – Midnight launch events – Wewana:Play had special permission to gain feedback from their customers:

 

Interviewing customers at Game events

Dee using his research skills on GAME’s manager… if you want to know about gamers, go where they hang out…

 

Launch Conference – 2 day conference introducing Wewana:Play to the who’s who of the gaming world:

 

Wewana:Play Launch Conf display

Wewana:Play’s Co-founder Dee and Mez rocking their stand at launch conf

 

Mez and Dec at Launch Party

Even when we are partying at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant, we are rocking Wewana:Play

 

Wewana:Play gaining some amazing feedback and guidance from Codemasters

 

Watch out for part two next week, where we will sum up the rest of our eventful Novemeber.

 

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Can you trust Video Game Review Sites? – The Black Ops 2 case study

Black Ops 2 was a huge launch. We at Wewana:Play were at the midnight launch, talking to gamers and taking in the atmosphere. There was a lot of excitement with people itching to get home and get playing as soon as the game was in hand.

Well, you can’t blame them. The reviews were awesome, with almost everyone giving it above 80% (many above 90%).

However, the user experience has not matched up the same ratings. We’ve taken a cross section of reviews across various countries to prove the point and ask you the question, can you really trust video game review sites?

 

If we take an overview from Metacritic we can see:

 

Website Site rating User rating
Official Xbox Reviews 83/100 User Score – 4.4 (over 1,000 ratings)
Official PC Reviews 80/100 User score – 3.3 (from over 500 ratings)
Official PS3 Reviews  82/100 User score – 4.1 (over 300 ratings)

Individual sites:

 

Website Site rating User rating
Official IGN (UK) 9.3 – Amazing Xbox:6.8 – Okay
PS3: 7.5 – Good
PC: 7.4 – Good
Jeuxvideo (France) PC 17/20 8/20
Jeuxvideo (France) Xbox 17/20 11/20
Jeuxvideo (France) PS3 17/20 13/20
Gameinformer (USA) 8.5 Xbox: 6.5
PS3: 6.25
GameArena (Australian) 8.5 Xbox: 4
PS3: 5
PC: 6

Some interesting numbers there. The critics’ scores are consistently several points higher than the user-given scores.

How is it possible that so many sites misread the sentiment of their readers?  Is there is reason why so many sites rated the game so highly although the user experience has clearly not been so positive?

What are your thoughts? Let us know below…

 

 

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Wewana:Play app Public Test!

GREAT NEWS! – We invite you to our first public test of Wewana:Play app!

We welcome you to use our app by using your mobile phone and directing to the webpage:

http://wewana.com/app

YOU MUST DO THIS VIA YOUR PHONE – in a few weeks it will be an app you can download directly but for now this will allow you to use the awesome app!Naturally this is a working but early stage app, so please bare that in mind!

Changes are happening almost daily and we would welcome you feedback as we push this to make it better for you, the user.
The feedback button can be found within the app – so if you see any bugs or want to make any suggestions be sure to make use of it.

So take out your smartphones and get over to http://wewana.com/app
NOW!

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