How Playing Strategy Games (like Starcraft, AoE) Teachs Me About Building Startups and Product Strategy (Work-in-progress)

Mom and Dad, I hope this can explain why I spent so much time playing games instead of doing my homework back then.

Embrace failure and continual improvement

a document from PiG (Starcraft streamer)

Failure is a natural part of the learning process, especially for new players of strategy games. As you progress to higher levels, you may even find that you fail more often. However, this should not discourage you. In fact, it is through failure that you can learn the most

To become a better player, you need to take notes on your mistakes, analyze what went wrong and what you could have done differently to counter your opponents’ strategy.

The key to becoming a more skilled player is to keep learning and improving. Don’t be afraid to try new things and experiment with different strategies.

The more information you have, the more optimal decisions you can make

In strategy games, a fog of war usually covers the map and restricts your view of what your opponents are doing. As a result, you have no idea about enemy positions, resources, or composition.

This lack of information can make it difficult for you to decide when to attack, when to defend, and whether you should invest in your economy or army.

As players gain more information, they can make more informed decisions and develop a better understanding of their opponents’ strategies.

In product: It’s important to understand your customers, market, and competitors to clear the fog and make informed decisions. Without this understanding, you risk entering a too competitive market, or building products that no one needs, or having no competitive advantage

Base Expansion vs Use Case Expansion

Expand too early vs too late


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