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Game Changer | Definition of Game Changer by Merriam-Webster

October 23, 2019

or game-changer

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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a game-changing discovery

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Given Philly’s inability to move the ball on the ground last year, Sanders could be a game changer.

Nate Davis, USA TODAY, “2019 NFL season: 100 names to know as Week 1 kicks off,” 8 Sep. 2019

So many of the people who refuse to shop online complain about not being able to try clothes on, so Prime Wardrobe is a game changer as far as convenience.

Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, “Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Prime Wardrobe,” 28 Aug. 2019

However, if GJ 357 d does turn out to have an atmosphere, this could be a game changer, according to a report that will be published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Los Angeles Times, “Astronomers found a planet where life might thrive, and it’s just 31 light-years away,” 31 July 2019

In a match where every run really counted, that could have been a game changer.

Victor Mather, New York Times, “England’s World Cup Nail-Biter Might Have Been the Greatest Cricket Match Ever,” 15 July 2019

Under the right conditions, a blitzscale investment can be a game changer, but only if the recipient’s underlying business model is highly scalable, defensible, and enjoys inherently high operating margins that improve with strong network effects.

Leonard Sherman, WIRED, “‘Blitzscaling’ Is Choking Innovation—and Wasting Money,” 11 July 2019

The use of drones, however, might be a game changer, Reily said.

Washington Post, “Slurpees incoming! 7-Eleven begins delivery in public spaces,” 24 June 2019

Another game changer is Kamal Chaudhari, a skin and prostate cancer survivor, who, at 84 years old, competed in badminton at the National Senior Games.

Tim Tadder, CNN, “‘The spirit is undaunted’: Portraits showcase strength of senior athletes,” 29 June 2019

Andy’s refined take on what is still a dead-simple dish is a game changer.

Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit, “I’m Making a Lot of Tomato Toast Right Now,” 20 Aug. 2019

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1993, in the meaning defined above

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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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