Shorter article this week. Anyway this weeks topic is: Can we really become wealthy off game development?
Now I know we have seen this question pop up in many game development forum topics and discussions so I thought it may be a good idea to discuss it.
So lets get something straight, all goodness comes through effort and hard work. You can't just expect something ( in this case money) to just appear because you did a action. The action needs concentration, hard work , effort.
Now this also applies by game development. I've seen so many times, that people think that if they make a silly game or just throw a game out there without real gameplay or concept and they think that the next day they will become a millionaire.
Its not true. Like all work, you need concentration, hard work , effort, and the same goes for game dev. Yes, there have been game devs who made good profit, or even some who became rich, but they put in concentration, hard work , effort.
They didn't just throw a game on the market and the next day they owned a jet. They worked hours, day, months, and sometimes even years on this game. Everything in life that has a good after benefit requires a lot of work. And the same goes by gamedev.
Yes, in someways it might be easier by gamedev because you need less resources ( only a PC, and maybe a licence for your software), but it still requires lots of work. I've seen people become game devs only because they want to become instantlly wealthy or make a good profit. They don't have real commitment and and then when there game fails they give up.
Why do people make this mistake? Because they see all the famous people and companies who created games like minecraft, candycrush, and pokemon go and they see their great profit. Then they think " oh, they made so much off only one game? I can do that also" and then they start on a game.
So remember: Game dev is like all other work, yes it may be more enjoyable, but it still requires concentration, hard work , effort. Game dev doesn't make you automatically rich. If you create a game, with a great concept, great gameplay, you have commitment and effort, you market it correctly. Then maybe, like all other jobs, you can earn a good profit.
Feel free to share your thoughts, suggestions, and tips!
Have a great weekend!