Learn Tips on Building and Monetizing a Game

Learn Tips on Building and Monetizing a Game

For starters, where are you from and how did you get steered in the direction of Game Development as a career?

Hello! I am Akshat ,from Varanasi,UP – well known as “Bhole Baba Ki Nagri”. At about 9 years of age, I got my hands on my first game, “GTA Vice City”, which is one of the most famous games in the gaming community.  The game was full of cars, police, fights and action – a perfect amalgam. The gameplay and the design behind each game truly fascinated me which in turn led to a curiosity about the work that goes into building the game. Over the years, by playing games extensively, my curiosity turned into learning and developing my own game.

What was your family’s reaction to your choice of game development as a career?

During my time in school, my parents were quite worried regarding my potential career choice. I still recall earnestly requesting my father to get me a PS2 but fortunately (for my parents haha!) or unfortunately ( for me), I never received such gaming devices until I turned 18. Once I finished my schooling, everything went smoothly with my father researching more and more about the games industry and the numerous opportunities present in it. Eventually, my parents became more supportive and never forced me into anything other than game development.

How did you come to know of Backstage Pass and why did you join it?

Discovering Backstage Pass Institute of Gaming and Technology was quite easy. I researched online for gaming colleges in India that provide extensive knowledge on game development.  I came across various colleges on the internet but found that Backstage Pass offers great mentors and student support. It was also a winning point to know that they are always open to their students’ ideas.

What were the additional things you learnt during the game development?

There are a lot of cool things that I learnt during the process of making games. Although I knew how to code, there were many other aspects of game development that I still needed to learn. I learnt a bit about game art, game design, the look and feel of a game but, most importantly I learnt the strategies to develop a fully commercial game. The art of bringing everything together into a fully working game was challenging but also, a great learning experience.

How much time did you take to develop the whole game from inception to publishing?

The whole game was developed in two weeks from scratch.  Everything from planning, implementing and building a final product was done within these two weeks.                                             

Did you do it all by yourself or did you have other partners in the development of your game?

Yes, I developed the complete game. The game programming, art and design as well as the UI of the game were completely developed by me. My family and friends supported me mentally throughout my journey. If not for my friend, Tejas, I might not have even published this game.

Could you elaborate on the name of your game and it’s genre?

My game is called Trip. The story behind the name is that, it explains the journey ( hence, the name ‘Trip’) of a creature into different universes, wherein every enemy is not visible to the player. A player has to constantly check for the right direction to traverse through and dodge accordingly. This game comes under the category of casual games, and the genre is endless runner.

How did you publish the game?

Although I did not consider publishing this game at all, as I made it during the lockdown period in India due to COVID19. But due to various factors and encouragement, I decided to publish it as a mobile game. Building a mobile game is the biggest challenge for amateur game developers. It is available on the Play Store now.

Did you take any of Backstage Pass mentors help while developing this game?

 Mentors at Backstage Pass were a great help during the process. Especially Debasish sir helped me with the design and art aspects of the game. He supervised and guided me during most of the major changes made to the game that enhanced the overall look and feel of the game. Also, my college coding classes with Swapna Ma’am helped me to write a functional and quality code for the game.

How was the overall experience of developing a game?

It was fun! I had a great time developing this game. It is building games; it can’t get any better than that. Writing each and every line of code was itself a great experience. When you invest some time and put something together and finally when it works, that’s the best feeling. Making games are challenging and at times a bit frustrating but in the end when the game is fully functional, it all feels worth it.

How did you monetize your game efficiently?

Firstly, I learned the way mobile games are monetized and the essentials for good game monetization.  I came across advertisements in mobile games that generate revenue. Therefore, I used a lot of services provided by Unity Engine called unity Ads as well as some Google products to generate ads and monetize my game.

What would be your advice to amateur game developers starting out?

I would say, practice every day to improve your skills and try something more challenging each day, but the main ingredient to making a good game is passion for exploring the worlds of different genres in games. Passion for playing and developing games helped me a lot, and I am sure anybody who is passionate about games can do it easily.  At first, it was challenging for me too, but with daily practice, all the pieces fell into place and it was sufficiently easy from there on out. Developing your skillset is essential for anybody who wants to be a game developer.

Why Study Gaming?

5 Compelling Reasons for Studying Gaming

Do you dream of becoming a game developer or designer? Did you know that you can study gaming in a professional college and turn your dream into reality?

The advantages of choosing a gaming career are:

Gaming Industry is Growing

The global gaming industry is growing at a CAGR of 7.8% generating revenues of USD 108.9 bn, as per the Global Games Market Report released by Newzoo in Q2 of 2017.

It is expected to reach USD 128.5 bn in revenues by 2020.

And, mobile games contributes to about 42% of the total revenues in 2017, amounting to USD 46.1bn.

Historically, games were only made for consoles and personal computers. Therefore, it was hard to convince parents and educators to let the children study gaming.

However, mobile and tablet games are gaining popularity now, and India is the second largest market for smartphones in the world.

The growing trend in gaming requires skilled professionals and budding game entrepreneurs to make games that cater to the Indian audience.

Jobs in Indie Game Companies, Gaming Start-ups, and Multinational Companies

According to Statista, India’s gaming market will reach INR 71 billion by 2021. Employment opportunities are wide-ranging. The indie game companies, gaming start-ups and MNCs in India are hiring for specialist roles like unity programmers, unreal programmers, concept artists, game artists, game testers, and so on. Are you ready to join these companies?

A search across all the job portals give us a clear picture of the number of open roles required by the gaming industry.

Real-life Applications and Increased Demand for Gamification

Gamification is the application of gaming mechanisms in non-game situations. The examples of gamification are games that train nurses, pilots and army personnel. The uses of gamification can be seen in child education, fitness, social responsibility, corporate training, customer engagement, and so on.

Examples of gamification are:

BYJU’s learning app uses gamification to teach maths to children.

Corporates app use gamification to simulate and train their employees on data security.

Good Infrastructure and Specialized Courses Available Near You

We collaborate with Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU) to offer B.Tech in Game Development and Computer Science and B.F.A in Game Design and Game Art. We are the only college in India offering courses at this price point.

We have specialised courses based on industry research and have a lot of experience in educating India’s future game developers. To know more about our courses and why choose us, read here.

Success Stories to Inspire You

There are a lot of success stories in the field of gaming. Here are some of Backstage Pass alumni who have made it big and are still enjoying the journey. Click here to get inspired.

Game Development is a Not Boring

If you want to make games that appeal to gamers, many elements must be unique, like the story, characters, art, animation, controls, background music/ sound, and so on.

For an innovative mind, game making is the ultimate incentive as it lets you create new things. It is enriching and inspirational.

Game Development is much more than game designing and game programming.

You need an artist (concept, 2D, 3D), writers, programmers, designers, testers, creative director, programme directors, and so on. There is something for everyone to learn and enjoy.

Ubisoft employees talk about how their parents reacted when they told them that they wanted to work in the video game industry.

If you are passionate about making games and willing to work hard, you can achieve anything you want. Prove all the people who doubt you wrong by choosing a career of your choice.