16 November 2022 |

S3 Ep12: Xsolla: The Video Game Business Leveling Up Engagement Through Fintech


Find out how Chris Hewish is bridging the gap between game monetization and customer expectation.

Chris is President of Xsolla, the video game business engine that helps indie and global gaming companies solve the complexities of distribution, marketing, and monetization.

Nicole and Chris dive into the lightbulb moment he realized 40% of the global gaming market couldn’t transact in their favorite games, how helping everyone get a piece of the pie is possible through smart Fintech, and why engaging customers is a win for everyone.

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00:00 Intro

03:03 Passion For Gaming

05:32 The Question of Inequality

10:21 The Revenue Relationship

15:06 Democratizing Gaming

16:57 Creating Community

18:23 Embracing The DTC Ethos

21:49 Fintech’s Power To Engage

25:54 My Biggest Takeaway

29:02 Becoming The Change

5 Best Gaming Communities

Newer and smaller communities can struggle to get noticed. Often, the best way to stand out is by creating something unique or interesting. There are many gaming communities out there, each with their own set of positives and negatives.

Occasionally, one stands out because of its excellent management, or its focus on a certain type of player, for example. Here we take a look at the top 5 gaming communities that are worth joining in 2019 if you’re looking for new friends or players to regularly play with.


If you’re an avid gamer, then you’ve almost certainly heard of Twitch. As one of the most popular games streaming site online, it enables you to stream your gameplay live, as well as watch various other gaming content from others.

Using an established site like this is often the best way to get yourself out there, as well as connect with other players. The main Twitch site is aimed more at viewers, whereas the Twitch Gaming community is more for streamers and their viewers. For those looking for new friends, the Twitch Gaming Community is perfect.

With over 27 million members, it’s one of the most popular gaming communities online, particularly for those who play a lot of multiplayer games. The community offers lots of different channels, such as general gaming, first-person shooters, role-playing games, and many more.

Dark Souls 3 Multiplayer Group

One of the most original communities on this list is the Dark Souls 3 Multiplayer Group. This is a group of dedicated Souls fans that play together on a regular basis, and are currently playing the latest entry in the series, Dark Souls 3.

Players can either join the Discord server and chat with the community, or join their regular multiplayer sessions. The group has a number of regular activities, including tournaments, PvP, and PvE events. They also host discussion nights, and regular speedruns. The group is largely focused on cooperative multiplayer, with PvP only occurring at specific events. The community has regular, active members, and all are welcome to join in.

PlayStation Community

Like Twitch, the PlayStation Community is a great place for streamers and their viewers to connect. As Sony’s own community, there’s a steady stream of players with a wide range of interests.

You won’t get the full range of interests like Twitch, but you can still find a lot of players who are interested in similar games as you, as well as chat about your gameplay. Although it’s primarily a PS gaming community, they also have a channel on the Facebook platform. The PlayStation Community is a great place to connect with like-minded players, and make some new friends.

Xbox Club

The Xbox Club is a great place for players of one specific console, with a huge membership base. This makes it a great place to find like-minded players who regularly play online, as well as connect with them in an online forum.

The Xbox Club is a great place for those who predominantly play on Xbox, and are interested in the latest games, such as Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 4. Like other console-based communities, it’s not a good place to meet players who play on different platforms. If you’re looking to connect with other Sea of Thieves players, or Forza Horizon 4 racers, then this is the place to be.

PC Master Race

If you’re a PC gamer, then you’re most likely a part of one of the most famous gaming communities in the world. The PC Master Race is a community that regularly jokes about being superior to console gamers. It’s a light-hearted and friendly community, with regular members from all over the world.

The PC Master Race is a great place for PC gamers, particularly those who play multiplayer games regularly. As one of the most popular gaming communities, there’s a wide range of members from all interests and skill levels. Like the Xbox Club, it’s not the best place to find players on different platforms. If you’re into PC gaming, and regularly play multiplayer titles, particularly online, then this is the place to be.

Hearthstone Co-op Community

The Hearthstone Co-op Community is a great place for fans of Blizzard’s CCG, who also like to play co-op. Although this is a smaller community, it’s one of the most active on Discord. Members are almost always active, and ready to play with others. The community is regularly looking for new players, with many members offering regular co-op partners.

The group has a wide range of members, from all over the world. It’s a great place to find new people to regularly play with, as well as chat with other players. If you like playing co-op, then this is the perfect community for you.


The best gaming communities are those that bring people together to play, discuss, and share their passion for gaming. Joining one of these groups is a great way to make new friends, find regular gaming partners, and generally improve your experience with gaming. Communities are also a great place for beginners to learn new skills, meet their heroes, and get advice from more experienced players. Whether you’re into shooters, RPGs, or something else, there’s a great gaming community out there for you. All you need to do is sign up, and get involved!