Behind the Curtain: App Developers

Yeah, I know that this isn’t something dealing with traditional video games, but this is a very important part of the new generation of smartphones being capable of having entire video games like the older generation of Grand Theft Autos, and now having Mario Kart. So, today we are going to look at the life and the days of an app developer.

This is the type of job that doesn’t have a lot of information about salary and earning due to the career being similar to that of a game developer. However, we can look at the case of a certain app developer, whose game that you may remember playing in middle school or high school, who created a game known as Flappy Bird.

In 2013, Dong Nguyan, with his gaming company dotGears, developed Flappy Bird, a very simple game where you just had to tap your screen to avoid the green pipes. In about a year, the game finally started to pick up steam and Nguyan was making bank.

Nguyan said in an interview with the Verge that the game was making over $50,000 a day in just in-game advertising. This was in 2014, may I remind you, during the time when smartphones were vastly available to every person in the country and most people around the world. All of it was possible due to the guy ripping off various other games

Say what? Yeah, so Nguyan’s Flappy Bird wasn’t all original. Most of the game was ripped off, but the game wasn’t copyrighted. It was instead shutdown by Nguyan himself for reasons that you may already know about.

Okay, so what I am trying to get at is that you don’t have to be the most creative person in the world to develop a popular game for the App Store or the Google Play Store. If you have the knowledge to develop mobile games then you aren’t just stuck doing console or PC games.

There are multiple routes that are at your fingertips, and all you need to do is be willing to take those steps to achieve those goals. It’s not the easiest route, but it sure may be a fun one.