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Top 22 Mobile Game Podcasts You Need to Listen To

(This article was originally published on Udonis’ blog)

Do you listen to mobile game podcasts? Are you looking for the best ones?

We’ve got you covered!

In this article, I list as many as 22 awesome mobile game podcasts that range from game development and user acquisition to game reviews.

Why listen to gaming podcasts?

  • Hear about the latest industry news and trends
  • Learn how to develop, advertise or grow a mobile game
  • Find out which games are popular and what others think about them

Without further ado, here’s the list of the top mobile game podcasts!

1. Mobile GameDev Playbook

GameRefinery’s mobile game podcast, led by Jon Jordan and Joel Julkunen, focuses on the latest industry trends. Listeners can discover the hottest game features that can be found in popular top-grossing games.

For example, why you need to implement social features in mobile games or how player motivations help with user acquisition.

Furthermore, interesting guests join Jordan and Julkunen every month. The industry leader guests provide the listeners with fresh insight into all things mobile gaming.

Some of the past guests included researchers like Richard Bartle, and game studios like Kolibri Games, Teatime Games, PeopleFun, and Ludia.

The podcast is usually about 30 to 40 minutes long, and new episodes are out monthly. The Mobile GameDev Playbook is currently at 20 episodes.

What’s neat is that every episode is transcribed. So if you prefer reading over listening, you can do so on GameRefinery’s website.

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2. Pocket Gamer Podcast

As you probably know, Pocket Gamer is one of the biggest portable gaming news sites. But did you know there’s also the Pocket Gamer Podcast?

That’s right, every week, you can hear about upcoming game releases on Android, iPhone, iPad, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Windows Phone, and more. Furthermore, this podcast offers plenty of expert reviews and the latest news from the industry.

If you’re into mobile gaming and want to stay up to date, this podcast is for you.

With more than 550 episodes, Pocket Gamer Podcast is certainly one of the most prolific podcasts in the gaming genre.

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3. LevelUp

IronSource, a popular monetization platform, has a podcast titled LevelUp. It’s dedicated to developing and growing mobile games. If you’re looking for some technical knowledge, you’ll find this podcast helpful.

For example, you can learn the ins and outs of mobile game monetization, which ironSource specializes in. Other topics include user acquisition, ad creatives, emerging markets, creative optimization, app store optimization, and much more.

Most episodes are about 30 minutes long. However, if you’re not into listening, you can read transcripts of each episode on ironSource’s website.

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4. Deconstructor of Fun

If you’re a part of the mobile game industry, I’m sure you’ve paid a visit or two to the Deconstructor of Fun website. However, if you prefer listening over reading, the site has got you covered as well.

The Deconstructor of Fun brand was created by game industry experts for all game industry professionals.

Therefore, its host list consists of some familiar names from the industry: Mic+hail “Mishka” Katkoff, Joseph “JK” Kim, Eric Kress, and Adam Telfer.

The Deconstructor of Fun podcast focuses on the economic aspect of mobile gaming. There are two types of episodes in the podcast:

  • This Week in Games (TWIG), which addresses the latest news and events
  • Long-form conversations with guests from different gaming companies

This podcast has been around for a while, with its first episode dating back to 2017. During four years of existence, an impressive number of episodes were created. For example, the podcast’s news section has more than 150 episodes.

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5. Elite Game Developers

You are a game developer looking for advice on building a successful company?

The Elite Game Developers podcast is the ideal destination for you.

This podcast is run by Joakim Achrén, a mobile gaming veteran and a famous name in the industry. In most of the episodes, Achrén talks to founders and investors on how to build, manage and grow a games business.

Here, games professionals mainly talk about their experiences, the good and the not-so-good ones. The podcast brings not only success stories, but also ones about failures and the lessons learned from them.

As of recently, the host started another podcast section called Ask me anything. In it, he answers all questions people ask him about game studios, fundraising, etc. Anyone can submit a question to the host by filling out a form on the website.

The episodes come out on a weekly basis and last anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour.

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6. Mobile Heroes Uncensored

This podcast is not solely about mobile gaming but the mobile industry in general. As the name implies, its concept is in-depth talks with influential people from the worlds of mobile games, mobile apps, and marketing.

For example, some of the previous guests were journalists Dean Takahashi of GamesBeat and Dave Bradley of PocketGamer.

The podcast also hosted experts from the gaming industry like Ludia Games’ Rose Agozzino, Gameloft’s Claire Rozain, Wooga’s Melanie Zimmermann, and Goodgame Studios’ Alexey Gusev.

The topics discussed on this podcast range from user acquisition, attribution, localization, ad creatives, playable ads, influencer marketing, subscriptions in apps, and IDFA changes.

The episodes are usually about an hour-long and seem to be published two or three times a month. So far, the podcast has 18 episodes.

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7. The Kolibri Games Podcast

Kolibri Games is a Berlin-based mobile game studio famous for idle games like Idle Miner Tycoon. What’s interesting about this gaming studio is that they also have a podcast.

It’s hosted by Kolibri Games’ Marina and Nate, who welcome different guests each episode. The riveting discussions cover everything from game development to industry news.

Some of the previous guests included experts from top companies like AppLovin, SensorTower, and GameRefinery.

Furthermore, the podcast regularly features guests from the Kolibri Games team, including product leads, managing directors, recruiters, game designers, operation managers, insights strategists, etc.

The Kolibri Games Podcast covers a wide variety of topics like user acquisition, game design, LiveOps, leadership, and how to get started in the gaming industry.

The podcast episodes are about 30 to 40 minutes long and are published every couple of weeks.

Available on:

  • Spotify
  • Apple Podcast
  • Audible
  • Anchor
  • Podtail

8. Tiny Nimble Podcast — A Mobile Gaming Show

Hosted by NimbleThor and Tiny Little Games, the Tiny Nimble Podcast dives into all things mobile games.

You can expect coverage of new Android and iOS games, as well as insight into the current state of the mobile gaming market.

For example, some of the past topics were the death of clickbait in mobile game names, Epic’s legal battle, how the lockdown has changed our mobile gaming lives, etc.

New episodes come out each month, and they are long-form, lasting about an hour or so on average. There are 16 episodes so far.

Available on:

  • Spotify
  • YouTube
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Google Podcast
  • Overcast
  • Pocket Casts

9. Apptivate: App Marketing Explained

Those of you who are interested in how to market your mobile game should check out Apptivate. This podcast, produced by retargeting specialist Remerge, is dedicated to app marketing.

Hosted by Tommy Yannopoulos, this podcast features guests from leading apps like SoundCloud, Playtika, and Electronic Arts.

Through interviews with experts in the field, you can learn how to grow your mobile game. For example, this podcast teaches you how to come up with ad creatives that convert, how to nail user-generated content, and how to engage Gen Z mobile users.

Furthermore, a lot of the episodes are dedicated to the topic of women in the field.

For example, how to create an inclusive culture for women in marketing, how to overcome the imposter syndrome as a woman in tech, and how to build resilience for women in gaming.

The episodes come out every week and last for about 40 minutes.

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10. Game Design Critics

The concept for this mobile game podcast is simple. A group of game designers play a mobile game for about a week and discuss its design on the podcast. You’ll hear what they like, dislike, and what could be improved.

The hosts are TheCrancher, Kritz, and James, all three gaming enthusiasts and experts in game design. The discussions are laid back, and it’s like you’re listening to friends talking about a topic they’re knowledgeable and passionate about.

Some of the games analyzed in previous episodes were Genshin Impact, Hunt Royale, Botworld Adventure, Coromon, and War Tortoise 2.

The episodes are about an hour-long on average. There doesn’t seem to be a clear schedule of how often they come out. In the past, there has been one episode every two months on average.

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11. Maysalward Podcast

This is another one of the top mobile game podcasts brought to you by a mobile game studio. In this case, we’re talking about Maysalward, a studio from Jordan.

This developer and publisher has an impressive portfolio of games from various genres like card, board, casual, racing, arcade, and trivia.

The podcast is about every aspect of mobile gaming; the topics range from hyper-casual games to women in gaming. In other words, there’s something for everybody.

If you’re not the type of podcast listener who loves long-form episodes that last an hour or more, I’ve got good news for you. Maysalward Podcast episodes are only a couple of minutes long.

These bite-sized episodes are perfect intellectual nourishment while drinking coffee in the morning or during a short work break.

Available on:

  • Spotify
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Google Podcasts

12. Apps, Games and Insights

As the title implies, this podcast brings you the latest insights into the mobile app and game market. It features exciting discussions with game developers, decisions makers, industry experts, and mobile gaming enthusiasts.

The content is educational and suitable for both beginners and people with experience in the field.

The topics discussed so far were how to grow mobile apps/games, how to improve user retention, how to succeed in 4x strategy games, etc.

Other interesting topics were about inclusivity, accessibility, and privacy, all of which are incredibly important when developing apps or games.

Available on:

  • Spotify
  • Google Podcasts
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Stitcher
  • YouTube

13. Game Dev Advice: The Game Developer’s Podcast

If you’re looking for some game dev advice, this is the podcast for you!

It is hosted by John “JP” Podlasek, a veteran in the industry with more than 30 years of experience. Podlasek interviews game designers, programmers, producers, artists, writers, CEOs, and others about game development.

Whether you’re a novice or experienced game developer, you’ll find the advice helpful, and the thought-provoking discussions will inspire you.

The episodes come out every week and last anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour and 30 minutes. Because the podcast is long-form, many different topics can be covered per episode.

Available on:

  • Podcast website
  • Spotify
  • Google Podcasts
  • iTunes
  • SoundCloud
  • iHeart
  • Stitcher
  • Player FM

14. Mobile Growth & Pancakes

Want to learn how to grow your mobile game? Do you like pancakes?

If you’ve answered yes to both of these questions, I’ve got the perfect podcast for you!

Mobile Growth & Pancakes is Storemaven’s podcast hosted by Esther Shatz. As you might know, Storemaven is a company that offers ASO solutions.

Each podcast episode features an industry expert guest who talks about mobile growth strategies and other trending topics.

For example, Tom Hammond from UserWise questioned whether paid user acquisition ads are useless, while Sophie Vo from Voodoo talked about how to launch hit games.

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15. Gacha Journalism

Gacha is a popular in-game monetization mechanic similar to loot boxes. Players use in-game currency to get a chance to acquire an item they want. Because the gacha system is based on luck and rewards are randomized, it is often compared to gambling.

Sounds interesting?

It is, and there’s a whole podcast about it.

The Gacha Journalism podcast is based on reviewing free-to-play mobile games that are based on the gacha system. The hosts Sierra and Dustin try out games, so you don’t have to, and tell you which ones are worth playing and the ones you should avoid.

Unlike most other podcasts on this list, this one is geared primarily to mobile gamers rather than developers and people from the industry.

However, that’s not to say developers can’t gain new insight into the gacha mechanic and how it’s used in games.

Keep in mind, this podcast tends to run long. Most episodes are over an hour long, while some last even two or three hours!

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16. The Business of Social Games and Casino

If you want to learn how to thrive in the mobile gaming industry, listen to what the experts have to say.

One such expert is Lloyd Melnick, the host of The Business of Social Games and Casino.

According to the podcast description, “Lloyd is a serial builder of businesses (senior leadership on three exits worth over $700 million), successful in big (Disney, Stars Group, Zynga) and small companies (Merscom, Spooky Cool Labs).”

Furthermore, Lloyd has over 20 years of experience in the gaming and casino space. He is currently the GM of VGW’s Chumba Casino and on the Board of Directors of Murka Games and Luckbox.

Even though the name of this podcast emphasizes social and casino games, these are not the only topics.

Some of the things you can learn by listening are how to regain churned players, the importance of competitive intelligence, and how to take subscriptions to the next level.

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17. Game On! Asia

Unlike most other mobile game podcasts that focus on Western markets, this one is about the Asian mobile game market.

And it’s quite refreshing.

The host of Game On! Asia is Yuval Passov, APAC Partner Manager at Google and startup mentor. In every episode, Yuval talks to founders, game developers, senior marketing stakeholders, and investors from the APAC region.

So if you’re interested in learning about the mobile ecosystem in countries like China, India, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and Australia, this podcast is for you.

Most episodes are between 30 and 40 minutes long and in the form of an interview.

Available on:

  • Spotify
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Listen Notes
  • Player FM
  • Pod Bean

18. The Crypto Gaming Podcast

And now, something completely different.

The Crypto Gaming Podcast dives into crypto gaming, blockchain games, and NFTs. If you’re interested in finding out how to make a profit from crypto games, don’t miss out on this podcast.

For example, you can learn about Guild of Guardians, the first major mobile blockchain game, the first NFT game, or the best free-to-play blockchain games.

Furthermore, you get insight into the process of buying and selling NFTs for blockchain games.

The episodes are about ten minutes long. There are no guests on the podcast, just the host Nathan Groenendal.

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19. Mobile Marketing Podcast

This podcast is not specifically about mobile gaming but mobile marketing. However, what’s discussed here could be useful for people in the gaming industry, as marketing is the key to growing a game.

For example, there are episodes of this podcast that tackle user acquisition for games and apps and consumer behavior on mobile.

Furthermore, you can learn about the latest trends and technologies from the mobile marketing world.

The episodes are about 20 minutes long, which is the perfect length.

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20. Seven Days to Play

Seven Days to Play is a review-type podcast hosted by Edwin van Beinum and Samwoo Ee. According to the podcast description, “Each week, a game genie (Sam) and a game weenie (Edwin) challenge each other to play and review a new mobile game.”

But who is this podcast for?

This podcast is geared primarily towards mobile gamers who want to explore new games in-depth and are passionate about gaming.

But also, this podcast is for developers and other people from the industry who want to hear a detailed analysis of various mobile games.

The reviewed games span many different genres — from hyper-casual to mid-core games and everything in between.

For example, Woodturning 3D, No Limit Drag Racing 2, League of Legends: Wild Rift, Among Us, Genshin Impact, and many others.

The best thing about it?

There’s an abundance of episodes — almost 200 of them. New ones are released weekly.

Available on:

  • Apple Podcasts
  • Google Podcasts
  • Spotify
  • Player FM
  • Listen Notes
  • Pod Tail
  • Anchor FM

21. AndroidGuys Reviews

Are you looking for short, to-the-point reviews of mobile apps, games, and other mobile products?

You should check out the AndroidGuys Reviews podcast. New episodes come out every couple of days.

Some of the mobile games AndroidGuys reviewed in previous episodes were Pokémon Go, Merge Shapes, Marvel Strike Force, Merge Mansion, and Tennis Clash.

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22. Mobile Arcade Club: An Apple Arcade Show

If you subscribe to Apple Arcade and are looking for reviews of games available there, check out this podcast.

Hosted by Steven Impson and Chris Button, this is a fun podcast with 30 to 40-minute episodes.

Some of the Apple Arcade games reviewed on previous episodes are Zen Pinball Party, Tetris Beat, Legends of Kingdom Rush, and Monument Valley.

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BONUS: Podcasts Dedicated to Specific Mobile Games

Are you looking for a podcast that’s dedicated solely to your favorite mobile game?

Check out this list — you might find what you’re looking for. There are plenty of podcasts that focus on just one game and delve deep into it.

Final Thoughts on Mobile Game Podcasts

As you probably know, podcasting has been on the rise during the last couple of years. Some estimate there are over two million podcasts. Furthermore, 55% (155 million) of people from the US have listened to a podcast. 24% listen to it every week. (Infinite Dial 20)

Add to that the popularity of mobile games and the rise of the gaming industry, and you got yourself the perfect combo — mobile game podcasts.

What’s clear from this list is that there’s no shortage of mobile game podcasts. People crave more content on these topics.

Another great thing is that they are all unique and cover different aspects of the mobile gaming world. Some are about game development, while others review popular mobile games.

Therefore, everybody can find something that interests them.

What are your favorite mobile game podcasts? Did I miss some? Let me know in the comments below.

About Udonis

Since 2018 until today, Udonis Inc. has acquired over 150 million users for mobile apps & games. We’re recognized as a leading mobile marketing agency by 5 major marketing review firms. We helped over 20 mobile apps & games reach the top charts. Want to know how we make it look so effortless? Meet us to find out!

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