Overwolf review: How successful gaming apps are being built
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 by Andre Liverod
I am an in-game creator. This may be a career title you haven’t heard before, but in-game creators and mod authors are a fast-growing community of passionate gamers who build products and services around video games like apps and mods.
In-game apps are basically extensions for games that provide tools that allow players to access rich data, stats, and analytics...
Game developer tips and insight for 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Richard Harris
2019 offers promising new opportunities for game developers to reach new markets. But how can developers best capture diverse users’ attention and loyalty? Webpals Mobile, a performance-driven mobile-app user acquisition company, recently conducted a study comparing advertising driving gaming app downloads in the United States and Asia. Drawing on insights from th...
Unity releases gameplay frequency report
Saturday, January 5, 2019 by Richard Harris
Unity Technologies powers more than 50% of all new mobile games today. They have just released new data revealing how much time was spent playing on mobile devices in the United States in 2018 - and the numbers are a bit shocking.
US residents spent 6.926 billion hours playing mobile games in 2018. That’s an average of 21 hours and 6 minutes for every single pe...
Naughty or Nice app Christmas anomaly redo
Friday, November 23, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
The Santa Naughty or Nice Scan game, app, or whatever word you use to describe it, was first created and published in 2011 by Moonbeam Development. It was an instant hit, and it's now grown into a favorite app kids and parents download and use every year as leverage with their kids, or just to celebrate some sort of holiday tradition. O...
Appy Pie App Sheets feature
Friday, July 21, 2017 by Christian Hargrave
Appy Pie, a cloud-based mobile application builder platform just announced the launch of its App Sheets feature, which allows business owners to link all of their Google Spreadsheets and Forms into an app to modify in real-time. Appy Pie’s newest feature allows users to have access to their Google Spreadsheets or Forms directly from the Appy Pie app to instantly add, mo...
Millionaire's Run game app offers winnertakesall $1M grand prize
Monday, July 17, 2017 by Christian Hargrave
A new mobile app just launched that’s set to reimagine the running game experience for both expert and casual players. As part of the launch, the team will host a global competition in search of the app’s fastest runner over the course of the next six months, with a $1,000 cash pot for each week’s high score, and a phenomenal winner-takes-all $1 million grand prize to p...
CrossInstall Chats With Us About Playable Ads for Mobile Apps
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by Richard Harris
We recently had a conversation with Jeff Marshall at CrossInstall to talk about how the company provides a unique approach to mobile advertising. CrossInstall’s distinct approach combines the playable mobile ads it creates with a programmatic, performance based bidder to ensure the ads hit the right audience. With clients such as SGN, PuzzleSocial, Big Fish Games, among...
Chatting With the Creator of Trivia Crack About App Success and the Smile Test
Thursday, August 25, 2016 by Richard Harris
We recently sat down with Etermax, the creator of Trivia Crack to get the inside track on their success as a mobile team. Trivia Crack Kingdoms, the sequel to its flagship mobile game, has surged in popularity as the game surpassed seven million downloads across all platforms worldwide. Here’s what Maximo Cavazzani, CEO and founder of Etermax had to say. ADM: Who a...
Protecting Your Mobile App from Imposters
Thursday, March 3, 2016 by AJ Tibbetts
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but in an app context it will lead to lost users and ad imprints. This may seriously impact a bottom line and may even affect exit strategies such as prospects for acquisition. Worse, copying of mobile apps is widespread, to the point that Apple has introduced a web interface for reporting duplicates in an effort to clean...
Newzoo and Priori Data Show You Top Games By Revenue and Downloads
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by Richard Harris
Newzoo is offering a new monthly listing of top iOS games by revenues covering the US, China and Europe. Newzoo’s new top iOS games by revenue ranking is based on its proprietary analysis and modeling of app store data in combination with its predictive global revenue model which provides projections for smartphone and tablet gaming on a global, regional and countr...
New Google APIs Expands Mobile Developers Ability to Leverage Gaming and More on the Big Screen
Monday, June 8, 2015 by Stuart Parkerson
Google has released a number of new developer tools for Google Cast specifically designed to help mobile app and game app developers to bring new experiences to the TV.The new Google Cast Remote Display APIs in Beta helps mobile developers to bring graphically intensive apps or games to Google Cast receivers with APIs for Android and iOS. Casting an Android screen has b...
New Flexera Report Highlights Dangers of Unchecked Employee BYOD Mobile Apps
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Richard Harris
A new Flexera Software/IDC Survey Report - The BYOD Trojan Horse: Dangerous Mobile App Behaviors & Back-Door Security Risks – indicates that enterprises are not doing nearly enough to understand which mobile app behaviors hitting their networks and data are risky, nor are they testing apps for those risky behaviors to ensure proper enforcement of their BYOD policies...
App Game Kit for Steam Details
Monday, November 24, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
App Game Kit 2 has been released on STEAM. A special promotion by The Game Creators is also being offered where the App Game Kit 2 is available for 33 percent off through November 28th.The Game Creators has launched its App Game Kit (AGK) version 2 allowing anyone to build apps and code quickly using cross platforms. SGK2 was funded by Kickstarter in...
Unity Adds Another Big Screen Option for Game Developers with Unity 4.5 for Samsung Smart TV
Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Richard Harris
Unity has announced the release of the public preview of Unity 4.5 for Samsung Smart TV. Free for all Unity developers, the Unity for Samsung Smart TV public preview is available as a separate 4.5 editor installation. It will ship officially with Unity 5.0, and developers who already own Unity Pro will get all the Unity Pro features for Samsung Smart TV with no need for...
New Report Provides Insight into Top Earning Games and the Role of Regionalization
Friday, August 15, 2014 by Richard Harris
For mobile apps, the game category is dominating revenue and the game user base is having a huge impact on the various app markets. But what may be even more important than the games themselves, is the types of games and what that success means. And even more important than that may ultimately be how regionalization may be changing the “game” for mobile games.App Annie ...
GameSalad Acquires Together Games Asynchronous Multiplayer Game Server Platform
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Earlier this year GameSalad integrated the Together Games asynchronous multiplayer game server platform and now they have announced they have purchased Together Games entirely.This acquisition allows GameSalad to offer managed server hosting for all of their users that want to put asynchronous multiplayer into their apps. This feature is currently available in...
Midverse Promotes New Viral Game App User Acquisition Channel AppViral
Saturday, June 21, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Midverse Studios has launched AppViral which has been designed to give developers access to a new viral user acquisition channel. The new AppViral platform provides additional functionality for Midverse’s AppEngage Network, which allows developers to reward users with in-game currency when their friends accept their invites to try the game they’re curren...
Five Solutions for Common App Development Challenges
Friday, June 6, 2014 by Stefano Sassu
Mobile use among consumers is growing exponentially. Hardware and operating systems aside, new applications are hitting the market every day for everything from commerce and gaming, to utilities and health and fitness. The playing field is wide open for developers of all shapes and sizes, but with it, comes steep competition and common pitfalls that can mean the di...
New Game Genres In Google Play Store Helped Some, and Hurt Others
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 by Richard Harris
What kind of apps gained an advantage from the recent changes in the Google Play Game Genres? And how can developers benefit from this analysis in their app strategy?Insight can be found in a new Distimo report, “Google Play’s New Game Genres,” which analyses the recent Google Play expansion of the game genres to cover a broader variety of games. With the update, some p...
Game Developers Have a Bright Future With Google Glass
Friday, April 25, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Game developers should keep a close eye (pun intended) on Google Glass and its potential to create immersive games. As Google points out, “With tons of tiny sensors and a screen that fits neatly above the eye, Glass is an exciting new place to play.”There are plenty of examples of Augmented Reality devices (we reported on several during GDC) but they tend to be bulky, s...
Unity Developers Can Test Drive Unity 4 Beta for Windows Phone 8.1 Gaming Apps
Thursday, April 24, 2014 by Richard Harris
Unity developers currently have the opportunity to participate in the Unity 4 beta program to create Windows Phone 8.1 apps. This initial beta program is only open to experienced Unity developers who have had Unity Windows Phone 8 or Windows Store apps games published. Existing participants in the Windows Phone 8 beta program will gain access to Unity 4 Window...
New Google Play Services Are Rolling Out for Game App Developers
Monday, March 17, 2014 by Richard Harris
With GDC at full steam already this week, Google has kicked off the week announcing new services for its Google Play developer program including the new game gifts incentive program and enhanced engagement and discovery options.Highlights of the New Offerings- Google is introducing game gifts, a new service that lets players send virtual in-game obje...
Mozilla and Epic Preview Unreal Engine 4 Running in Firefox To Scale from PC | Console to Mobile Gaming Development
Monday, March 17, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Free Report: Mobile Apps Driving $57 billion Digital Content Industry
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
What will be the global trends that will impact the movie, music, technology and gaming industries in 2014? App Annie and IHS Technology have published a new report that shows how evolution of personal and mobile devices continues to redefine how we consume content.The free report shows rapid growth driven mainly by explosive mobile apps and highlights the fol...
Game On: How to Beat the Rising Cost of Acquiring Mobile App Users, And a Little Football Too
Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Dale Carr
With Super Bowl just around the corner, I cannot ignore the
obvious: marketing costs are on the rise.
This is never more apparent than the extreme cost to advertise during the big game, with :30 second TV spots reportedly fetching up to
$4 Million. The climbing price to
acquire mobile users is no exception.
Just last week market analysis firm SuperData...
Are Women the Key This and Other Insights for Game and App Developers from Playnomics Player Engagement Study
Thursday, December 26, 2013 by Stuart Parkerson
Playnomics has released its Player Engagement Study Q3 2013 which captures and surfaces behavioral activity trends and attributes of dynamic player behaviors across over 300 million social, casual, and mobile player profiles.
The study draws conclusions that game and app developers can use to better understand how players are behaving and spending at a granular level....
Can You Afford $247 Million For User Mobile Acquisition
Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Matt Palmer
If you have the budget like Zynga, who reportedly spent $247
Million on their marketing and user acquisition efforts last year, great, all
the power to you. But if you're like the rest of the 99% of developers out
there, don't despair, there's more than one way to skin a cat when it comes to
getting your app noticed and getting installs.
But more on
Amazon Web Services Offers 3D Gaming Graphics Enhancements
Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Stuart Parkerson
Do you want to build fast, 3D applications that run in the cloud and deliver high performance 3D graphics to mobile devices, TV sets, and desktop computers? Sure you do or you wouldn’t be reading this! Now you can build 3D streaming applications with Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2's New G2 Instance Type.
The g2.2xlarge instance has the following specs: NVIDIA GRID (GK10...
Wacom Creative Canvas Was Developed Using Marmalade
Monday, October 7, 2013 by Richard Harris
Marmalade – creators of the award winning cross-platform development tool – today announced that Wacom Co. Ltd. has used Marmalade to develop the ‘Wacom Creative Canvas’ – a graphic drawing application which has been embedded into their new professional creative tablet – ‘Cintiq Companion Hybrid’.Wacom selected Marmalade for its impeccable native performance and ability...
Extreme Reality Opens SDK Enables 3D motion control for games and apps
Monday, September 30, 2013 by Richard Harris
Today, Extreme Reality (www.xtr3d.com) opens their platform that enables developers to incorporate full body motion control into games and apps on any device with a native camera. By adding a few lines of code into an existing or new game or app, developers can use a device’s camera as the motion sensor to capture and analyze full body motion in order to control the gam...
Australian App Developers get a boost from TapJoy
Monday, March 25, 2013 by Richard Harris
Are you an Australian App Developer needing funding? Mobile advertising provider Tapjoy is now supporting Australian app developers with the Tapjoy Australia Fund.From the Tapjoy website:Looking to take your free-to-play game app to the next level? The Tapjoy Australia Fund provides significant upfront marketing spend to help Australian developers bring their free-to-pl...