US polls bring rich dividends to city game developers
The ‘Avion Flight Simulator’ downloaded more than 7.5 million times
When people across the globe were backing either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump late last year, two game developers from the city bet their luck on the U.S. presidential elections.
Finally, when the elections were declared, Asar Dhandala and Satish Chandra were richer by a few lakhs. The duo behind the mobile game, ‘Avion Flight Simulator’ introduced an update during the elections which doubled their revenues.
“We wanted to take advantage of the elections and introduced Air Force One flight, the official carrier of the U.S. President to the existing fleet,” said Mr Dhandala.
“Users had to purchase the flight for $ 3 if they wanted to fly it using simulator. A lot of people paid for the additional feature and our revenues doubled during the U.S. elections,” he added.
The game has been downloaded more than 7.5 million times on Android, IOS and Windows operating systems since its launch in mid-2015. The game also helped the team generate revenues of around Rs. 50 lakh.
The game is a big hit in other countries than in India.
It was a chance meeting of the two gamers from Backstage Pass Institute of Gaming and Technology which gave birth to the idea of working on a simulator game.
“Though our target was three months, we developed the game within two months. We almost worked for 18 hours a day.
We analysed the top games and went through the reviews. We wanted to develop a product that was the best among the flight simulator games.
We are glad that our game is in the second position in this category of mobile games,” said Mr Dhandala.
In 2017, the youngsters want to come up with a better version of the game which includes refined engines and improved graphics.