1. markbw13's Avatar
    All the blogs I read and vlogs I watch make it look like getting into the gaming app world is as simple as one, two, three and you will be an instant millionaire....question is what percentage of game apps are actually successful and make money?
    05-29-2015 12:28 PM
  2. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Addictive, IAP's, and exposure.

    Ninja Edit: As far as a percentage, I have no idea. That would depend on what you call successful, being in touch with the developers, knowing exactly how many game apps there are, and math.


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    05-29-2015 12:39 PM
  3. Scatabrain's Avatar
    Not many % wise BUT still a lot. Quality, uniqueness, fun'ness, marketing and luck all help. A large % are missing on one or more. I would say IAPs, making game addictive and to some degree the amount of marketing relate more to maximizing revenue but not whether or not you can be successful as a solo dev. If you want top of the charts, that's your path. With a solo or small team your definition of success can be easier to attain then top grossing.
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    05-29-2015 02:02 PM
  4. markbw13's Avatar
    What marketing companies would you suggest? They all seem to cost a ton of money....but I guess you have to spend money to make money. Any suggestions?
    05-29-2015 04:34 PM
  5. warement's Avatar
    Not many % wise BUT still a lot. Quality, uniqueness, fun'ness, marketing and luck all help. A large % are missing on one or more. I would say IAPs, making game addictive and to some degree the amount of marketing relate more to maximizing revenue but not whether or not you can be successful as a solo dev. If you want top of the charts, that's your path. With a solo or small team your definition of success can be easier to attain then top grossing.
    I am agreeing with scatabrain
    06-03-2015 06:05 AM
  6. espacepublishing's Avatar
    What marketing companies would you suggest? They all seem to cost a ton of money....but I guess you have to spend money to make money. Any suggestions?
    If you're an indie developer or small company I'd suggest trying to do your own marketing rather than employing an agency at least in the first instance. They're just too expensive. Personally, my company has never spent a cent on either agencies or ads.

    There are some great books around that will give you heaps of ideas (for under $10 each if you get them in eBook form). Though obviously it will take some effort to implement the strategies. Even if you decide to go with an agency later on you'll have a much better idea of what they're offering after getting clued up yourself.

    My two personal favourites are:

    Appreneur: Secrets to Success in the App Store by Taylor Pierce. (It's a few years old, but still relevent - written by an app consultant).

    Mobile App Marketing And Monetization by Alex Genadinik. (More recent release - written by a developer about their own experiences and methods)
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    06-10-2015 06:36 AM
  7. GrumpyRhinoGames's Avatar
    I guess it depends mainly on your measure of success and how a big a company you are - the most important thing is to balance the books. An indie developer may be over the moon if they make 100k from a game, whereas for a 15 man team that could be a very large loss.

    If you get featured by Apple or go viral for a bit, chances are you'll make some good money - but you can also make money by making a good game, updating it, listening to feedback and growing it slowly. The second way takes time and work, but it's sure to make money if done properly.

    Once you've had a successful game it's easier to get successes on future games as you have an engaged audience and app stores are more likely to take note of you.
    06-23-2015 04:53 AM
  8. bobdos's Avatar
    I like free+iap mode.
    06-28-2015 01:34 AM
  9. Silk ASMR's Avatar
    Good question. I would be interested in the cost vs success ratio also.
    06-28-2015 03:43 AM

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