game changer

noun
variants: or game-changer
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of game changer

: a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way

game-changing

adjective
    • a game-changing discovery

Recent Examples of game changer from the Web

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First Known Use of game changer

1993


Financial Definition of GAME CHANGER

game changer

What It Is

A game changer is a person or thing that radically changes an industry or a company.

How It Works

For instance, when Apple introduced the iPod, the product was a game changer. It revolutionized the way in which music was purchased and consumed. Though other companies had already launched MP3 players, Apple's product had a more attractive design, a big marketing budget, and, most important, a music platform (iTunes) that virtually dictated how music would be distributed going forward.

Why It Matters

Game changers are disruptive. They are sometimes crazy ideas. But if they work, they can be wildly lucrative. Unfortunately, they don't come along often.


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