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Comment: Re:Methodology counts in all amounts (Score 1) 244

by Undaar (#37566766) Attached to: Top 1% of iOS Game Developers Make a Third of All Revenue

One would say there are easier methods, that are more objective. Like: take the statistics provided by the app store on number of downloads, the price of the app (if not free), and from that you have the revenue.

The problem is that the app store does not provide any stats on the number of downloads. You can get a ranking, but that tells you nothing about download numbers. You can glean together bits of information from the occasional developer who says "my app that hit #4 had 15,000 downloads", but since no one (except Apple) knows exactly how the ranking algorithms work, even that's not accurate. Further, the number of downloads required to reach a given ranking changes daily based on the number of downloads on the whole store that day, and how many downloads a given app had on the previous day or two. Additionally, many of the top grossing games on the store use a freemium model, and that's even harder to account for, as IAP purchases don't affect rank at all (except for in the top grossing charts).

That's why this survey was important to do.

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+ - Results: iOS Game Revenue Survey->

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Undaar
Undaar writes "As an independent game developer, developing primarily for iOS devices, I was frustrated by a lack of available market data. Last week I launched a survey to try to get an idea of what the iOS games marketplace looks like. The survey received responses from 252 iOS game developers who reported revenue ranging from $0 into the millions. Today I published the results of the survey so that everyone can learn from them."
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Technology (Apple)

+ - The Realities of Selling on the App Store->

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Owen Goss
Owen Goss writes "Everyone is familiar with the story of the iPhone developer who spends two weeks of spare time making a game that goes on to make them hundreds of thousands of dollars. The reality is that with the App Store now hosting over 25,000 apps, the competition is fierce. While it's true that a few select apps are making developers rich, the reality is that most apps don't make a lot of money. Owen Goss, from Streaming Colour Studios, took a hard look at the first 24 days of sales data for their first game, Dapple, and posted about it on the company blog. The post reflects what is more likely the norm for developers just getting into the iPhone development game."
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