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Unpacking the Amazon Underground


by Pete Erickson

Amazon Underground is a veritable wonderland for anyone who enjoys mobile gaming. It provides thousands of premium games that users can play for free with all in-app purchases included. Understanding how Amazon Underground works, why it’s important to gamers, and the drivers of its popularity can provide insights into what it offers for developers.


4 Tablet Games Making Big Waves in the Industry


by Pete Erickson

Modern tablets are becoming as powerful as some laptops, which makes them ideal for anyone on the go. As such, there are several game developers who focus primarily on tablet-oriented games. Here are four examples of awesome tablet games that are big hits among the players and what makes them such strong successes.


Five Expert Tips to Develop an Awesome Game


by Pete Erickson

If you want to develop a game that (makes you money) and people will love, it needs to be more than awesome; it needs to be irresistible. You need a game that sucks players in and keeps them immersed. Here, you’ll learn how to start with five tips for doing just that.


How to Create an Appstore Presence that Makes People Download Your Game


by Pete Erickson

You’ve developed, designed, and honed your game, and you’re ready to put it on the Appstore. However, if you want people to download the game you’ve sunk your time, energy, and money into, you’ll need to create a positive and authoritative presence on the Appstore.


How to Create a Simple Game Mechanic that Challenges Users


by Pete Erickson

If there’s one thing about video games that keeps people coming back it’s simple but addictive mechanics that offer the right balance between challenge and satisfaction. It’s not easy to find the right balance between overly simple and brutally difficult in your game mechanics, but the following tips will help you to work that balance and ensure your games are doing what they are designed to do - entertain players.


Gaming Monetization Tips: How to Get it Done


by Pete Erickson

As a developer, you know that monetizing a video game isn’t easy, but with proven methods, revenue growth is certainly possible. You can use a variety of strategies to successfully monetize your existing or new apps, and it’s always good to keep a short list handy. To help you with the process, we’ve collected a short list of tactics you should consider.


Five Musts for a Viral Mobile Game


by Pete Erickson

According to the most recent Global Games Market Report published by Newzoo, gamers worldwide are expected to generate a total of $99.6 billion in revenues in 2016, up 8.5% compared to 2015. A good portion of this revenue will come from viral mobile games.  

For example, the math-based puzzle game 2048, which was released back in 2014, still generates thousands of dollars every single day, and King, the producer of Candy Crush Saga made $517 million in profit in 2015. Numbers like these present one crucial question: what makes a mobile game go viral?


Join us at the Amazon Developer Day at Casual Connect: 360° App Monetization.


by Pete Erickson

We're excited to take another step in supporting developers through our partnership with the Amazon Appstore to bring you Amazon Developer Day at Casual Connect in San Francisco July 20, 2016. This free one day workshop offers a wealth of insights and actionable new ideas on App Monetization for game developers.

  • On site at Casual Connect, psst..no badge required to get into the Amazon workshop.
  • Industry leaders from Amazon, App Annie, Backflip Studios and more will discuss ads, retention, analytics, ASO, and social engagement for maximizing revenue.
  • Hear how bestselling apps monetize their games - even when their apps aren’t open…and learn to do the same.
  • Learn how to create influencers from your user community. Get tips from leaders at Twitch on gaining media and community exposure for your game.
  • Come and go as you please throughout the day, and enjoy food, drinks, sweet swag and giveaways.  

What Makes a Mobile Game App Addictive?


by Brandon

Unlock your phone and review how many games currently sit on the device. Now count the ones you play on a regular basis of say a week, and compare what makes those games more interesting that you will return to those over the others on the phone. Is it the gameplay, characters, simplicity, boredom or magic making it so addictive?