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Newdev

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I discovered this forum after watching some videos on martin's youtube channel. I am a small programmer who av proviously created some some not so perfect games on a different platform but i av learnt alot of things from my previous games and i would love to start developing games and app mainly for android (since i love coding) and i av plans on getting myself a better laptop from my app revenue. Also i would like 2 use libgdx instead of unity cause of the size of the final app. But there are some few things holding me back:
1. Indie Apps visibility: i see it everywhere even here, where indie devs complain about poor app visibility (and some even say that it's over for indie devs). It is giving me a mindset that i wont earn anything from my apps.
2. 0$ marketing budget: I av no money for marketing, am even thinking on whether i should pay the $25 for gp developer fees cause $25 in the country i live, is most people's weekly salary.
3: GP Ban: i av thought of some game and app ideas and i av also read gp TOS and my ideas are in term with Gp TOS but am scared that i might be ban 4 no reason since most devs also complain of such. So will my $25 dollars  be for nothing?
4: I plan on creating a website (blog): i also av a good knowledge of php,html,css and js, and i plan in creating a website from the scratch which i will like to use as my landing page (to make things look professional, althougih am not a web good designer), but it's taking much time and i want to ask maybe it worth the effort or maybe i should just use a cms like wordpress or a free website builder like wapka where i wont need to border about hosting.
5. Need guildlines: i need guildlines regarding marketing and ASO and others, cause i find it hard to sleep or think, it's even causing me loss of memory. Please HELP AM LOSSING MY MIND!
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I discovered this forum after watching some videos on martin's youtube channel. I am a small programmer who av proviously created some some not so perfect games on a different platform but i av learnt alot of things from my previous games and i would love to start developing games and app mainly for android (since i love coding) and i av plans on getting myself a better laptop from my app revenue. Also i would like 2 use libgdx instead of unity cause of the size of the final app. But there are some few things holding me back:
1. Indie Apps visibility: i see it everywhere even here, where indie devs complain about poor app visibility (and some even say that it's over for indie devs). It is giving me a mindset that i wont earn anything from my apps.
2. 0$ marketing budget: I av no money for marketing, am even thinking on whether i should pay the $25 for gp developer fees cause $25 in the country i live, is most people's weekly salary.
3: GP Ban: i av thought of some game and app ideas and i av also read gp TOS and my ideas are in term with Gp TOS but am scared that i might be ban 4 no reason since most devs also complain of such. So will my $25 dollars  be for nothing?
4: I plan on creating a website (blog): i also av a good knowledge of php,html,css and js, and i plan in creating a website from the scratch which i will like to use as my landing page (to make things look professional, althougih am not a web good designer), but it's taking much time and i want to ask maybe it worth the effort or maybe i should just use a cms like wordpress or a free website builder like wapka where i wont need to border about hosting.
5. Need guildlines: i need guildlines regarding marketing and ASO and others, cause i find it hard to sleep or think, it's even causing me loss of memory. Please HELP AM LOSSING MY MIND!


Welcome [smile] Always nice to see new people here.

1. Yes you should know that most of your apps wont have mutch visibility, its more about making a constant stream of fun indie games (like 2 games a month etc.) and try to cover a differend gerne/theme with every app, look at martin how some of his lower quality games make more money than his high quality games, its a mix of luck other stuff wich gives dowloads.

2. You can get big with no marketing budget but you can expect that you will have a very slow start without.

3. If you dont do anything wrong you wont get banned, most people dont read what google says.

4. I would say rather try to focus on the appĀ“s and get a public facebook site instead or sth.

5. There are tons of aso guides out there you just have to google it^^ but if you have specific questions just ask here [smile]
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Thanks very much, am a bit relieved, just need to up my game. How was ur journey when u started? And do u know any site where i can get free asset?
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Hey Newdev, welcome to the forum. Good to see you on here [smile]

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Newdev you can get assets from opengameart.com etc so many websites are for free assests 
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Hello Newdev! Do not listen to these sayers of lies, who claim that the days of the indy dev are gone - you won't make a million dollars, but with some knowledge and skill it's possible to earn a living. Start small - make something simple first, watch martin's videos, learn from this great forum and eventually the money will start coming in.
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Do not listen to these sayers of lies, who claim that the days of the indy dev are gone - you won't make a million dollars, but with some knowledge and skill it's possible to earn a living.

Agreed, especially if you can put yourself above the competition and standout.
Thanks for the kind works too bestgamestudios [smile]

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Hey Newdev, welcome to the forum. Good to see you on here Martin

 Thank u very much, will u mind being my mentor?

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Hello Newdev! Do not listen to these sayers of lies, who claim that the days of the indy dev are gone - you won't make a million dollars, but with some knowledge and skill it's possible to earn a living. Start small - make something simple first, watch martin's videos, learn from this great forum and eventually the money will start coming in.

thanks very much, i av being following u 4 quite a while and u motivate me.
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thanks very much, i av being following u 4 quite a while and u motivate me.


Wow, so my dev diary is having an effect! I will be releasing a new video entry this weekend.

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thanks very much, i av being following u 4 quite a while and u motivate me.
Wow, so my dev diary is having an effect! I will be releasing a new video entry this weekend.

will be expecting it. Are u nt d same guy on MMWA.
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thanks very much, i av being following u 4 quite a while and u motivate me.
Wow, so my dev diary is having an effect! I will be releasing a new video entry this weekend.

will be expecting it. Are u nt d same guy on MMWA.


yup - I also have a "clone" dev diary there but haven't been updating it recently cause I just like the community here better/ less spammy, plus having 2 different sets of replies/answers might get confusing, since many of my posts are answers. I'm actually quite surprised - didn't know it got so much exposure there so as to be noticed across forums. I like to compare that place with a large busy noisy street where people try to sell you stuff, and this is more like a small lounge where the important stuff gets filtered to.

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Yeah u are right, that forum is out of control. So how's ur revenue lately?
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Yeah u are right, that forum is out of control. So how's ur revenue lately?

approx as before - around 200-250$ per month - hopefully, once I publish my games to iOS in the coming months, it'll increase

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