Submitted by MattS 1171d ago | news

Another developer makes a critical hit mobile game... and sells 22 copies on Android

Digitally Downloaded writes: "We often hear about how the iOS $0.99 app, as well as Free-to-Play and in-app purchases are a bit of a saving grace for some of the challenges that game developers are currently facing in the market.

So, here’s some numbers that are a little worrying." (Android, iPad, iPhone, Monstaaa!)

guitar_nerd_23  +   1171d ago
One factor is probably the time between releases, iOS games that succeed are like fads and if you miss the window that they're relevant for no one cares after they're over.

I've bought quite a few games on Android since I caved and bought a Nexus 7.

If any developers come here, add native controller support for everything that's not designed to be touch only and I'll be more likely to buy your games, see my purchase history as proof.
insomnium2  +   1171d ago
Marketting is the key. Casual people do not go to MC and look at games to buy. Or pretty much any site outside of Facebook for that matter. Sad but true.
kneon  +   1171d ago
Even with good marketing the odds are not in your favour. Only about 1% of Android and IOS developers make back their development costs let alone make a profit.

There are just too many developers making too many apps, most of which are crap anyway.
sjaakiejj  +   1171d ago
It's a matter of understanding the type of market you're dealing with. People using iOS are generally more willing to pay a premium price, where as Android users are more likely to have no problem with in-game advertisements. Gear your development and market strategy to that, and don't expect android users to pay upfront - they won't.
schlanz  +   1171d ago
I personally hate in game ads and have purchased well over 20 games from the android market. Maybe part of the reason less Android users don't buy apps is because you don't set up payment info upon creating a Google account (like you do for an apple ID)
sjaakiejj  +   1171d ago
And for that, a premium version of the product can be made available, but for many android users, a free version with ads is a must.
neutralgamer19  +   1171d ago
I have an android os phone and have never bought a game from the play market, nor will in the foreseeable future. The only reason Ive Played Angry Birds is because it was a free download and i rarely play that. There is a game called wind up knight that's pretty generic but i play it from time to time.

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