Hello and welcome to Honey’s Anime for another wonderful interview with industry people from around the world. In this interview, we have a wonderful discussion with Mattie Fairchild, Senior Director of Core’s community and developer relations. We previously reviewed Manticore Games when they launched about a year into its launch in 2021. Now, they have grown to be a huge community creative space for all those who strive to be a developer whether in games or any other virtual space. Manticore Games is absolutely dedicated to bringing a safe and productive space for those who want to practice their skills and unleash their full potential. Manticore Games has also been paying attention to the trends and interests developing on their platform which they add new features and other tools to help accommodate users' needs!
Without further ado, please read on and get to know more about Manticore Games and the efforts they’ve been making to help build what the Metaverse should be!
How did Core Games come to be and what is the mission or end goal to begin this journey of a create and earn platform for beginners and veterans alike?
We believe that anyone can be a creator, whether you’re making a game, hosting a night with friends, or just fighting it out on a competitive ladder. The more we invested in the tools, the more we realized they were the best part. We began focusing on user-generated content and tools to support it. Core creators have grown exponentially since our launch and they have created hundreds of thousands of games, including a remake of that original battleground prototype.
How easy is it for a beginner to start developing their own game via Core Games? Generally speaking, how long would it take to create a game or experience on Core?
For the anime and manga content being created on Core, was this something that was planned, or did the users suddenly start creating content and you noticed the rise in numbers?
The top creator, Eskil, is a tank engineer from France who loves anime. He was also one of the first Core creators. He started out by making RPGs and platformers that grew his fanbase and used the tech he made in each game to take on bigger and bigger designs, eventually launching what would become one of the most-played Core games ever: Heroes. Inspired by anime, Heroes was so popular that it was the second game on Core to break 1M plays.
What do you think is the reason for the sudden popularity of anime and manga content?
For users creating anime and manga content on Core and to get an idea of how much it has grown, what are the numbers of active users for anime and manga content vs. other categories on Core?
And since knowing the rise in popularity of anime and manga content, have there been any efforts on your end to retain current users and/or acquire new users?
With all the anime and manga the users are creating, have you added any features, templates, or tools to help users to be more creative with their creations?
Creators can also create templates to share with other creators. For the jam itself, another creator, LotusCracker, created a certain ninja-filled village that creators can use in the jam. We’ve seen modules for wall-running, ledge mantling, and grapple hooking, as well as high school academy scenes.
Considering Japan has some intense copyright laws, is there anything to worry about regarding copyrights issues when users are developing their versions of anime and manga series via Core?
It looks like Anime Jam is the first contest you all are holding for the community, how did this idea come up, and was it always a plan to hold such a contest for the community?
A big part of why it worked so well was the audience it brought. D&D fans love to create shared experiences. We started looking for more communities like that. We found a surprising source in our deadmau5 jam, when fans of the artist created post-apocalyptic scenes that he featured in his new music video.
How was the planning and process during the pandemic? Were there any issues or setbacks you all experienced?
But we had new plans. When events began shutting down, our team pivoted to running a virtual launch day. The results were amazing: we focused on Twitch, online content, and showcasing existing creators from across the community, resulting in what was our largest jump in users at the time. The team incorporated those learnings into what would become our jam process. In fact, the same team member who was running logistics for our GDC event, Max, ran them for Anime Jam.
Were there any highlights you have experienced that you hold dear during the whole process from Core Games and leading up to the Anime Jam contest?
Aside from D&D, the events I most remember are a jam where creators created gorgeous scenes from around the planet, and then we worked with the winners to run a metaverse-wide easter egg hunt. Seeing the deadmau5 music video filled with familiar names was an emotional moment for me. And we’re incredibly proud of the Multiverse Games, when we saw 10+ new sports invented and players competing from around the globe.
When the contest ends and there is positive reception, what is next for the Manticore team? Do you hope to work with a specific company to meet your goals?
Do you have a message you would like to send out to all the participants of Anime Jam?
The best way to make that happen is to do what Eskil did: start small, make something you love, and then invite the community to build it with you.
And that is it for this interview with Mattie Fairchild, Senior Director of Core’s community and developer relations. We hope you enjoyed this intriguing read as Anime Jam is currently active and ready for you to get creative and have your peers join in on the fun! Just to get you started on Manticore Games, below, you will find a few creations to try out from some of Manticore Games' popular creators and the Top 3 anime-spired games right now:
- Online Pirate - Inspired by One Piece, play as a pirate building their freebooting empire.
- Ninja Tycoon - Make your way as a shinobi and become the greatest ninja.
- Heroes - Play as a magical hero in a world of heroes and villains, inspired by My Hero Academia.
- All three of the above are top games in terms of player count and monetizing.
- ‘Heroes’ was one of the first games on Core to break one million plays.
After anime/manga-inspired, the top genres are RPGs, survival games, and shooters.
- Anime-themed games are particularly found in RPGs and survival.
Manticore Games has seen players enjoy "collaborative fiction" and engaging as a form of fan fiction. It's a way to hang out with other fans of a genre or show but give it your own spin. By doing so, it is something new that like-minded players can enjoy.
To find out more about Manticore Games and how to join the Anime Jam contest, please make sure to visit the links below!
We hope you enjoyed this wonderful interview and we look forward to seeing how far they will go from here on out! Good luck to those who are participating in the Anime Jam for that huge prize money and make sure to keep coming back to Honey’s Anime for more interviews and industry coverages!