Mobile game development in 2020. Is Indiepocalypse here already?

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Mobile game development in 2020. Is Indiepocalypse here already?

Post by jacobfrey121 » Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:07 pm

I remember reading a couple years ago an article talking about the "Indie apocalypse". I don't recall the exact words but it was something about the market becoming so saturated and competitive that it would be financially unsustainable (or incredibly risky) to invest time or money into building games.

I'm a Unity dev and I've built a dozen private educational games for a company, and recently I started considering launching my own games on mobile. After a couple weeks doing research, I must say the market doesn't look very attractive... a few companies making hundreds of millions of dollars and kicking up advertisement price to the sky, many high-quality creative games having very low download statistics, monetization strategies either involve annoying the user into watching as much ads as possible or making a pay to win mechanic that apparently are inherent to 90% of successful games, people ripping off whatever they can to make an extra buck, paid star ratings and reviews.

Am I missing something or building/publishing mobile games has become a nightmare? I don't want to be a pessimit or a critic, I'm actually posting this in a hope you guys would change my mind.

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Re: Mobile game development in 2020. Is Indiepocalypse here already?

Post by FourthWorld » Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:38 pm

There's definitely a glut of knock-off apps, yet software continues to eat the world and remains an uncommonly-profitable industry overall.

The key to not getting lost in the deluge of newcomers cranking out cookie cutter apps is to not make cookie cutter apps, instead focusing on finding and exploiting an under-served niche.

I wrote a bit about this in a thread on "monetization" a couple weeks ago, but most folks think of "monetization" solely in terms of the mechanics of ad integration rather than on the bigger picture how to make money, so the post was apparently of no interest:
https://forums.livecode.com/viewtopic.p ... 76#p191573
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Re: Mobile game development in 2020. Is Indiepocalypse here already?

Post by SparkOut » Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:45 am

FourthWorld wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:38 pm
I wrote a bit about this in a thread on "monetization" a couple weeks ago, but most folks think of "monetization" solely in terms of the mechanics of ad integration rather than on the bigger picture how to make money, so the post was apparently of no interest:
https://forums.livecode.com/viewtopic.p ... 76#p191573
Au contraire. I was interested, but had no good response. Everyone and his dog wants to be a millionaire with minimal effort. "Look at 'Flappy Bird' - we could make tonnes with crappy games like that. Where's the ad forcefeeder?"
I found your piece a sound note to hopefully clue-in everyone and his dog. I agree that they probably didn't want to divert from what they perceive as the easy route.

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Re: Mobile game development in 2020. Is Indiepocalypse here already?

Post by bogs » Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:32 am

I'm with SparkOut on this, your post was a.) interesting and b.) thought provoking, however, as you know, I don't program for money as the end goal and so have little commentary to add to what you posted.
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Re: Mobile game development in 2020. Is Indiepocalypse here already?

Post by jmburnod » Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:24 pm

Hi All,
I develop educational software for 30 years with modest financial success, but I have learned a lot and appreciated the mutual aid encountered with the developer community and this is what keeps me motivated.
Currently I have an iOS application on the AppStore which I maintain with the financial support of foundations.
The main selling point was:
Free license, no advertising, local use, no in-app purchases.
Best regards
Jean-Marc

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Re: Mobile game development in 2020. Is Indiepocalypse here already?

Post by IleneMurphy » Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:55 am

I am also begin to develop some online educational tool which going to solve the problem of typing practices of folks. I developed some online games and typing tools for that...
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Re: Mobile game development in 2020. Is Indiepocalypse here already?

Post by FourthWorld » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:06 pm

IleneMurphy wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:55 am
I am also begin to develop some online educational tool which going to solve the problem of typing practices of folks. I developed some online games and typing tools for that...
Sounds like some good work. Which version of LiveCode did you use for those?
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