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Good Bye Friends. :D

08-21-2016, 12:06 AM
#1
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 307
Good Bye Friends. :D

Hi All,

Been indie dev since 2009. Recently quit and started a dayjob. I'd like to share my story
so I wrote it in my blog. Have a read if you read that sort of thing. Link is below:

TL;DR Version: I quit Indie.

"I Like To Read" Version: http://emir-bytes.blogspot.my/2016/0...life-2016.html

Have a nice day.
08-21-2016, 03:29 AM
#2
Thanks for your honesty. Pretty depressing.

08-21-2016, 12:41 PM
#3
Sorry to see another indie gone. Good luck to you mate.
08-21-2016, 04:17 PM
#4
Joined: Aug 2013
Posts: 312
Valiant Indie Developer

I read the whole article, and I must say that you are a survivor, Rocotilos. Despite everything, you still do what you love doing--developing apps. I personally feel that you have so much potential even still, but like you said, it's hard being a solo indie developer, especially with how the race in the AppStore is today. You surely have seen and experienced it all. You're a valiant and admirable developer, and I hope that your new day job suits you. With your skills and experience, it shouldn't be a problem working for one of the big companies...but of course, that'd take away your personal time to develop your own apps.

I haven't made any apps yet, but I have done a lot of website work, as I'm running a big campaign via my website; been running it since February. Like you, I work alone and have to maintain and update it constantly...the work involved is tedious and painstaking; just recently, I released a big update for the campaign, which added a few new features to the campaign website. It took me over 40 hours to design, code, debug, and QA test, and another 10 hours preparing for the live release + announcements of the update for several different forums + FaceBook + Twitter. I've been going to bed at 7AM/8AM the next morning during this week due to rigorous coding and testing. It is done, however, and I am relieved....the only thing is, only a handful of people that have joined the campaign actually took notice of those announcements; so far, not a soul has indulged in the new update yet....needless to say, there are only a handful of members.

Despite it all, it's what I like to do....I like to create things and give people innovative and fun opportunities to pass the time. Haha, enough about me, I truly wish you the best, and I also hope that your future gets brighter and brighter.

Last edited by senkoujin; 08-21-2016 at 04:21 PM.
08-21-2016, 08:46 PM
#5
Joined: Aug 2016
Posts: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rocotilos View Post
Hi All,

Been indie dev since 2009. Recently quit and started a dayjob. I'd like to share my story
so I wrote it in my blog. Have a read if you read that sort of thing. Link is below:

TL;DR Version: I quit Indie.

"I Like To Read" Version: http://emir-bytes.blogspot.my/2016/0...life-2016.html

Have a nice day.
Good bye mate, wish you all the success in future.
08-23-2016, 02:55 PM
#6
The very best of luck in your future endeavours.

Shame it didn't work out for you as an indie. God knows it's a tough market these days, vastly different from the one many of us started on what seems like a lifetime ago

Dang if I relied on the AppStore for an income I'd have quit a long time ago. I'm just glad I can keep tootling along making things I want to make. I enjoy doing it to keep my mind occupied. And it's nice when now and again some other people come along for the ride.

Sorry, waffling on as usual, bloody morphine.

Hope you enjoy your new job.

Total tech addict, software developer (more or less) and spouter of complete and utter nonsense when my medication kicks in. (No, really.)
08-23-2016, 09:25 PM
#7
Joined: Aug 2016
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 6
Sadly that's the reality. I hear stories of people quitting day jobs to do their own games and I don't understand how its possible. Well maybe its possible but how you get to that point is a mystery. For now - keep on trying and put our passion and love into creating things we would either way.

Zim Games
Vancouver, Canada
08-29-2016, 05:39 AM
#8
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 307
Quote:
Originally Posted by senkoujin View Post
I read the whole article, and I must say that you are a survivor, Rocotilos. Despite everything, you still do what you love doing--developing apps. I personally feel that you have so much potential even still, but like you said, it's hard being a solo indie developer, especially with how the race in the AppStore is today. You surely have seen and experienced it all. You're a valiant and admirable developer, and I hope that your new day job suits you. With your skills and experience, it shouldn't be a problem working for one of the big companies...but of course, that'd take away your personal time to develop your own apps.

I haven't made any apps yet, but I have done a lot of website work, as I'm running a big campaign via my website; been running it since February. Like you, I work alone and have to maintain and update it constantly...the work involved is tedious and painstaking; just recently, I released a big update for the campaign, which added a few new features to the campaign website. It took me over 40 hours to design, code, debug, and QA test, and another 10 hours preparing for the live release + announcements of the update for several different forums + FaceBook + Twitter. I've been going to bed at 7AM/8AM the next morning during this week due to rigorous coding and testing. It is done, however, and I am relieved....the only thing is, only a handful of people that have joined the campaign actually took notice of those announcements; so far, not a soul has indulged in the new update yet....needless to say, there are only a handful of members.

Despite it all, it's what I like to do....I like to create things and give people innovative and fun opportunities to pass the time. Haha, enough about me, I truly wish you the best, and I also hope that your future gets brighter and brighter.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog! and for the reply and all the nice words. I appreciate it a lot.
And good luck to you with your website too.
08-29-2016, 05:41 AM
#9
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 307
Quote:
Originally Posted by zimgamer View Post
Sadly that's the reality. I hear stories of people quitting day jobs to do their own games and I don't understand how its possible. Well maybe its possible but how you get to that point is a mystery. For now - keep on trying and put our passion and love into creating things we would either way.
For me it was reverse. I didn't have a job in the first place. I was actually an Electronics Engineer. But the company tanked.
08-30-2016, 12:52 PM
#10
Joined: Feb 2016
Location: London
Posts: 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rocotilos View Post
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog! and for the reply and all the nice words. I appreciate it a lot.
And good luck to you with your website too.
Just wanted to add my thanks to other people's. Sorry things haven't worked out for you, but congratulations on your successes also.