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How much it costs to develop and sale an app/game?

03-15-2017, 03:12 AM
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How much it costs to develop and sale an app/game?

Hey guys, I am not a developer but I have some ideas and I wanna know how much it will cost me to hire a developer to turn my dream game into reality how can I then sale the app on play store and itunes (Android and iOS both) Any help would be much appreciated.
PS: just looking for some guidance, the admin may delete this post if irrelevant
03-15-2017, 12:18 PM
It will help if you define the scope and genre of your game (e.g. similar to Flappy Bird, Mario Run, Clash Royale, etc.)

That said, you can probably find developers who will make A game for you for under $10k.

Someone with a professional quality threshold and a fair understanding of all the nuances of the industry (launch process, marketing, analytics, optimization etc.) will probably charge more for even a basic game. Without scope, it's hard to say. $25k-$50k.

If the game scope or detail are great, expect 6 to 7 figures.

If all of this sounds expensive, you can always teach yourself to develop games. The people who have the tenacity to do that often make the best games

04-01-2017, 02:01 PM
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04-01-2017, 03:53 PM
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Something else: How much of your dream game do you actually have laid out already? Design documents, artstyle, mechanics, all that jazz.
If you need to hash all that stuff out first, that could be a few thousand as well, easily. If all you have is - quote - "some ideas", you are starting at -1 pretty much.
04-02-2017, 02:50 PM
As indie dev, we estimate our work for about 70-100k usd for the latest projects. (www.yogamen.net)
The development of a similar one in "top" companies costs hundreds of thousands...
But it will be true game, not just one more soulless clone..
04-06-2017, 12:50 PM
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It all really depends and we'd need more information to get a feel for what the game is in order to make a better estimate.
04-12-2017, 08:43 PM
As said above, it really depends on what you want in the game. If the scope is simple, and you later want to expand on it, it will increase the cost.