As of two weeks ago I am now officially a full time independent games developer. Fuck yeah.
It’s taken almost exactly a year from writing this post in which I said:
Eventually I’d like to be able to dedicate a year to making a game, but for now I’m happy working two jobs, slowly building up the war chest that will finance that year. I’m in no rush.
to finally go for it. The decision to go full time didn’t really come down to money in the end. Well, it did and it didn’t. I’m very lucky to have made a modest amount of money from Pumped: BMX, enough to give me a small amount of financial security while I work on Pumped 2. However I knew about that for quite a while and continued to work full time, relegating games to evenings and weekends.
It seemed like the sensible thing to do – I’ve got a fiancé and a mortgage, and I had a comfortable job, a pension and nice benefits. Over the course of a few months, however, I started feeling more and more restless – I had this incredible opportunity to ‘give it a proper shot’, to have a go a running a video games business, and I wasn’t taking advantage of it. So I did my due diligence, went through my finances carefully and tried my best to grossly over-estimate budgets, and came out confident that I could support myself long enough to get Pumped 2 out of the door. I then sat on that knowledge for a final few weeks, had one last long talk with the lady-friend, and handed in my notice.
I’m under no illusions – I’m well aware that the odds are stacked heavily against me. But if I don’t give it a shot, go all in, then it’ll always be a huge ‘what if’? hanging over me. If I end up back in an office in a couple of years time, then I’ll be back there happy, knowing that at least I tried.
This might not be the most sensible thing I’ve ever done in my life, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t the most exciting.
Wish me luck.
It’s been a fairly long time since I’ve posted anything substantial on here (you might say that’s never happened, and I’d say that you’re mean). It’s all for a good cause though – I’m hard at work on Pumped 2! I’m not quite ready to announce anything yet, but I’m definitely gearing up to drop some screenshots.
My life is currently ‘real’ work, get home, do more than a full days work on Pumped in the evening. I’m a busy man. It’s going to be worth it though, it’s looking sick!
Don’t forget, for day-to-day chatter you can come hang out on the Facebook page.
My article on the development of Pumped 1 recently hit the front page on Gamasutra – awesome coverage!
It’s taken a while, but Pumped BMX is finally dropping for Android!
What follows is a reasonably lengthy account of how my first ever game went from a vague idea to breaking the top 25 apps in the App Store.
Over the past year I’ve learnt to program and have successfully released a reasonably popular iOS game, Pumped: BMX. It’s been a crazy year and I’ve learnt so many lessons, from solving programming problems to communicating with press, avoiding pitfalls, and dealing with money. Hopefully you’ll read something interesting, or even useful, but be warned: any insight you gain from reading this may be dangerous, it could all just be blind luck. Read on at your own risk!
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I’m probably going to be more active over on Facebook (there’s a bit of a ‘community’ over there), but I’ll be posted here from time to time.