Lloyd Melnick


I am CEO of fiveonenine games, the social gaming joint venture owned by Capitol Broadcasting and The E.W. Scripps Company.

3 responses to Physical virtual goods


    Great article! Many exciting possibilities…

    A few years ago, 7-11 had a promotion where you could get in-Game Farmville items by purchasing certain marked convenience items. There were quite a few items, from bottled water to gummy bears. I thought it was a very clever and effective campaign, and I’m surprised we haven’t seen more of that type of thing.

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    […] Activision’s earnings announcement yesterday shows how attractive successfully conquering the physical virtual goods market is. On November 27, I blogged that Activision would be the big winner Q4 2012 on the strength of the Skylanders franchise and its reliance on a new business model, selling physical versions of virtual goods. I elaborated on that post earlier this month, commenting that the emergence of the Physical Virtual Goods monetization model was one of the most …. […]

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