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I was fortunate enough to sit down a number of gaming industry legends at the Game Developers Conference this year, but none were more engaging than Jeff Butler of Sigil Games Online, the development team that brought you Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

Jeff Butler,President and Exec. Producer; April Jones, Senior Manager for marketing and PR; and Ryan Elam, Director of Technology sat down with our team in San Francisco to chat about Vanguard, the industry in general and even real money transactions.

Here's a snippet referencing how World of Warcraft may have helped create Vanguard players;

"When they implemented raids and more group-based dungeons at the end they transitioned X million solo/casual gameplayers to our type of game. One that strongly encourages grouping and those players found it is near impossible to get the good items when you’re a high-level player unless you’re in a group. They knew for a fact, from their numbers, what size everything needed to be to achieve optimum usage for their players. They literally settled the game into the market that they knew they had. That’s what we’re in the business of doing."

Our good man Cody tells it more eloquently than I ever could in his three-part article, "An Interview with the Sigil Team"

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Dissecting and distilling the game industry since 1994. Lover of family time, youth hockey, eSports, and the game industry in general.