Your success story with your game or app?

MikeHart

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Jun 19, 2017
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Hi folks,

we all would like to read how successful your apps and games are. Are you making any money with them? What do you use (payed, IAP, ads)? Where do you publish? What are your numbers? Care to share?

The community and I would love to read your story! Please share some insight.

Cheers
Michael
 

Pierrou

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Jul 6, 2017
Not a success story at all, hardly a story at all :)
I code stuff for speech therapists, sometimes free, sometimes commercial apps. My first two games were not written in Monkey/Cerberus but in BlitzMax, which is very close. I got a deal with the main French publisher in that field, probably not the greatest possible, getting 5000€ at the time of the deal + 10% off sales. I never tried to count how many copies were sold, a few thousands I think (out of 20000 speech therapists), it's not my job at all so I used the money to go on vacation, buy a banjo, beer, things like that.
My upcoming game was refused by the publisher (and the other publishers I contacted didn't bother to answer) so I have to go indie and start a small business, which i hate somehow but what else can I do?
At least I'll have control on everything and I guess one doesn't need to send flyers to speech therapists by mail and things like that anymore to let people know about the app, it's kind of a niche market involving not too many people, reaching them should be possible...?
 

Pierrou

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Jul 6, 2017
Simon Read or Ryan Clark would have more interesting stories to tell but they are far away now. From MonkeyX to making an official Zelda game :cool:
 
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Martin

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Germany
Well I have some stories, even though not only success...

Back in 2012 I released a Battleship app (yes, that pen and paper game) for Android and iOS and sold it for about $1,99. Actually I made about $10k over the years. For such a simple thing quite amazing.

After making 8 simple games, my 9th one was quite a success: My submarine simulation released in Dec 2016. Even though it was made with Unity I have to admit. The turnover over the years was about $100k but then there is minus 30% of the stores, then minus VAT, divided by two (my mate got half of it) and then on top the tax. So net after tax it was around $20k then for me. Not that bad but nothing to make a living from.

Currently I work on my next game, a naval sim in the modern era and I just quit my job to do the jump into the cold water as it will be quite complex and I need all the time I can get...
 

SLotman

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Jul 3, 2017
I have my "Mr. President" game, a presidency simulator with over 600k installs on Google Play alone - plus some little more on iOS. And it was voted 'the 4th best game of 2016' over on SlideDB.

Too bad the game was most successful here in Brazil. It's ad based and Brazilian ads pay next to nothing (Seriously: US and EU ads pay 5-8x more)

This year I've made a couple of educational games for a client (Made them with Pixi, not with Monkey/Cerberus) and although they didn't bring that much money (around $3k), it helped a lot.

My most successful game yet is Mahjong Max, which I've made with BlitzMax. Sold over 40k copies, but between portals %, US-taxes, Brazilian taxes (yes, I get double taxed here...) and everything else, I didn't see that much money off of it :(
 
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