game changer

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Definition of game changer

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

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Other Words from game changer

game-changing adjective
a game-changing discovery

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The revelation has been called a game changer in the world of data protection as regulators seek to raise awareness about how to secure information. Tony Aarons,, "Zuckerberg’s Testimony to European Parliament to Be Live-Streamed," 21 May 2018 Epic’s generous revenue terms are a game changer that will allow publishers to invest more into content creation, or pass on savings to the players. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Metro Exodus is skipping Steam for the Epic Games Store, and passing the savings on to you," 28 Jan. 2019 Each recipe is a game changer using an unusual ingredient or a new technique. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 The game changer: Blanco tequila, which is left in its purest form, doesn't contain any of the corn syrup or added sugar that's often linked to post-party regret. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "15 Things Every Tequila Aficionado Needs to Know," 23 July 2018 For the past 28 years, Glamour's Women of the Year Awards has honored game changers, rule breakers, and trailblazers. Glamour, "Follow Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year Summit Live," 11 Nov. 2018 The 16-year-old game changer recently teamed up with Aussie Hair Care to dream up a mural inspired by the brand's Purple Lining initiative. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Autumn de Forest and Aussie Hair Care Team Up for Wynwood Walls Mural in Miami," 28 Aug. 2018 The game changer was a second Journal report, in January, that Cohen had arranged a $130,000 payment to keep Daniels from talking to the press before the election. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Stormy Daniels has successfully navigated the media ‘puke funnel’," 10 Mar. 2018 For the low-maintenance adventurer, these things could be a game changer on summer road trips. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This 1970s "Super Bugger" Is the Vintage Camper We Never Knew We Needed," 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of game changer

1993, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of 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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