Is There Money In Game Apps?

Profile picture of the author coreytucker by
So I am wondering....anyone making money with little games for apps? Like charging people 2 bucks to download your game? I am curious if this is a lucrative model because I can make simple little games for android. Anyone know anything about this? Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    There is definitely money in game apps.

    I have read a couple reports on the topic but that is about it.

    I suggest that you go to the WSO section, that is where I found
    something in the past.
  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    Thanks hpgoodboy. I am wondering about this. I could view each game as an "atm." Even if each game makes say $30 a month. LOL....I could make 100 of them maybe. Hmm....sounds interesting.
  • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
    Most successful mobile games nowadays make most money off advertising revenue and in-app purchases that enhance the user's experience.

    Take a look at the recent hit flappy bird, the guy's doing $50k/day solely off advertising. Now take a look at all the flappy bird replicas (e.g. Flying Cyrus); some are doing close to $10k/day off advertising alone. If you're looking to charge $1 to download a game, think again. You'll need a really solid and hyped up game to make that work.

    If you're looking to make some serious cash in the mobile game industry you'll need a solid developer and most importantly connections. You'll need somebody to show you how it's done. Plain and simple. Without this your app will realistically never exceed $100/month.

    Lastly, it takes money to create good games. Despite what you may think, some people pour in $50k or much more into these games.

    PS - I'm talking from experience. I know people that have very successful apps. Although I don't know many of their secrets, I do know that they follow many principals and in order to become successful you will need connections and people that will show you the strings.
  • Profile picture of the author stoltingmediagroup
    Originally Posted by coreytucker View Post

    So I am wondering....anyone making money with little games for apps? Like charging people 2 bucks to download your game? I am curious if this is a lucrative model because I can make simple little games for android. Anyone know anything about this? Thanks
    To answer your question from an Entrepreneurial perspective...
    Yes if you know how to market your finished product with success. No if you don't.
    The fact that you know how to make apps etc doesn't count.
    Usually it's the marketing of any product that is the deciding factor as to whether a chosen business model is lucrative, and a marketer is successful. Whether that be game apps, or pink socks.
  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    Originally Posted by Ben Gordon View Post

    Most successful mobile games nowadays make most money off advertising revenue and in-app purchases that enhance the user's experience.

    Take a look at the recent hit flappy bird, the guy's doing $50k/day solely off advertising. Now take a look at all the flappy bird replicas (e.g. Flying Cyrus); some are doing close to $10k/day off advertising alone. If you're looking to charge $1 to download a game, think again. You'll need a really solid and hyped up game to make that work.

    If you're looking to make some serious cash in the mobile game industry you'll need a solid developer and most importantly connections. You'll need somebody to show you how it's done. Plain and simple. Without this your app will realistically never exceed $100/month.

    Lastly, it takes money to create good games. Despite what you may think, some people pour in $50k or much more into these games.

    PS - I'm talking from experience. I know people that have very successful apps. Although I don't know many of their secrets, I do know that they follow many principals and in order to become successful you will need connections and people that will show you the strings.
    Thanks but how does the flappy bird guy make 50k a day? Is it banner ads? I can make quality games I think too.
  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    how did flappy bird get so popular though?
  • Profile picture of the author st0nec0ld
    Originally Posted by coreytucker View Post

    how did flappy bird get so popular though?
    Play the game and see it for yourself.
  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    I did play it. Its kinda addicitive I suppose.
  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    But did this guy market it?
  • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
    To answer the question. Was there money with Angry Birds? . The secret is in the marketing. These might be worth a read:
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...hone-game.html
    http://www.warriorforum.com/mobile-m...e-sources.html
  • Profile picture of the author pikuwf
    Is there any app which pays you to play games?
  • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
    Originally Posted by pikuwf View Post

    Is there any app which pays you to play games?
    Have a look at this: 10 Mobile Apps That Earn You Real Cash & Rewards
  • Profile picture of the author mbacak
    In 2013, freemium clearly became pretty much the only
    model that matters and it’s the model that drove the Most
    Success for the top-grossing apps of the year.

    "Clash of Clans and Hay Day games have made “Finnish
    startup Supercell” one of the biggest mobile games firms
    in the world this year, ...grossing $179m (£116.7m) in the
    first three months of the year alone."

    " Candy Crush Saga, though the company does not publish
    numbers...industry experts have estimated its revenues at $1
    million to $3 million a day!"
  • Profile picture of the author mbacak
    Originally Posted by coreytucker View Post

    Thanks but how does the flappy bird guy make 50k a day? Is it banner ads? I can make quality games I think too.
    Popular ‘Flappy Bird’ game earning $50k per day in ad revenue
  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    Candy Crush makes about $850,000 every SINGLE day.

    So, to answer your question, yes. But it depends on the type of game, the marketing, and it's ability to go viral.
  • Profile picture of the author xpesos
    Sure is a lot potential in this and you never know if this will go viral, even the owners of Flappy bird and similar games had no idea that they could get that many users
    So you need a good idea then promote it at small scale if you see potential take it to next level
    Originally Posted by TimothyTorrents View Post

    Candy Crush makes about $850,000 every SINGLE day.

    So, to answer your question, yes. But it depends on the type of game, the marketing, and it's ability to go viral.
  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    Corey,

    I've seen you post and talk about approaching so many different niches: Amazon, Kindle, etc.

    Enough already.

    Pick one and go for it. You've been posting since 2007. YOU KNOW there is money in apps... but there is no money in apps if you just looking to jump ship after making one app that doesn't work.

    Any ways, my point is: Pick one niche and stick with it. And use Google to do your research before asking such questions. Good luck my friend.
  • Profile picture of the author Clara AdBuddiz
    Hi All,

    I would agree there is money in games! Our publishers are generating up to $10 CPM using our ads to monetize their apps. At AdBuddiz we specialise in premium full-screen ads with high quality graphics.

    In addition, we are game lovers. We know user experience is a primary concern, so you can choose exactly where and how often you want to display the ads in your app. We recommend to display ads at key points in your game, such as between levels or just before closure.

    If you use AdBuddiz as your primary solution, and have a great game, we'd be interested to take a look at it. From time to time we offer high quality indie games a free featuring on Giftiz, which gathers the best games on Google Play.
    Feel free to reach out to me if you're interested, my email is: clara@adbuddiz.com.
  • Profile picture of the author barbling
    The story of Flappybird is positively amazing.

    28 Days of Fame: The Strange, True Story of 'Flappy Bird'

    covers it quite well.

    I think the death threats added to it all....

    'Flappy Bird' Death Threats - Business Insider
  • Profile picture of the author Pedro Lopes
    Defo money in game apps! I think someone did a WSO on this a couple days ago and it got WSO of the day, if I'm not mistaken..

    Check the WSO section or W+

    I'm probably gonna look into this myself..


    Cheers!
    Pedro

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