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Ideas, we represent a Princely family

08-12-2009, 01:02 PM
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Ideas, we represent a Princely family

Hey everyone!

I handle branding for a Princely family and the Prince is a huge fan of the iPhone. He is extremely interested in the development platform. We have discussed different possibilities regarding to gaming or some sort with prizes. Whether it be a paid for casino application or not. Any ideas?
Prizes could include invitations to gala events with airfare included and a whole list of possibilities that wouldn't include cash to refrain from that aspect.
08-12-2009, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by BrianTN View Post
Hey everyone!

I handle branding for a Princely family and the Prince is a huge fan of the iPhone. He is extremely interested in the development platform. We have discussed different possibilities regarding to gaming or some sort with prizes. Whether it be a paid for casino application or not. Any ideas?
Prizes could include invitations to gala events with airfare included and a whole list of possibilities that wouldn't include cash to refrain from that aspect.
Real world prizes will put you in the cross-hairs of every gambling regulation and law there is, in the US at least. I'm not sure about Apple's stance on this, but I know that in the arcade world you can't charge for anything that can't be proven to be skill based if it carries a real-world reward.

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08-12-2009, 03:17 PM
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... so the Prince wants to invite random people to his galas just for the heck of it?
08-12-2009, 05:05 PM
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... so the Prince wants to invite random people to his galas just for the heck of it?
Only random people that have iPhones
08-12-2009, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Kamazar View Post
... so the Prince wants to invite random people to his galas just for the heck of it?


lol. Seeing if theres a way around the whole gambling portion to generate funds through an iPhone app and by encouraging those to spend money through the app to get a chance to win different things. The invitation is just an example. There's about 5 or 6 things that would be very appealing as prizes. The problem is what sort of app whether it be a game or not.

The only app that can be thought of is a MMO branded with the family's name. A to pay for app with a medieval mmo theme that would cost money. To encourage people to play, the prizes would be offered in game.

Last edited by BrianTN; 08-12-2009 at 11:10 PM.
08-12-2009, 11:22 PM
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Im guessing a branded casino app could work, but I don't know if people would pay for a casino app (since betting cant be done with real money). Maybe a 3D casino MMO? a pay for app then the prizes could be given out to winners.

Last edited by BrianTN; 08-12-2009 at 11:25 PM.
08-17-2009, 10:03 PM
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Im guessing a branded casino app could work, but I don't know if people would pay for a casino app (since betting cant be done with real money). Maybe a 3D casino MMO? a pay for app then the prizes could be given out to winners.
If you have to pay for the app to win prizes then it would most likely be seen as a lottery and would be illegal/heavily regulated in many countries. Just like a "gambling for real money" app you would need a team of expensive lawyers with experience of international gaming laws.

You could do a single player or online multi-player casino game (app is paid for but no real gambling). People do buy such games but the sales would depend on how good the game was and how much you were willing to splash out on marketing.

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08-17-2009, 10:56 PM
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Just make a great game to start with!

Brian, the solution to your search is very simple. Just start with a great game. You won't need any bells or whistles. If you start with an "invented concept" rather than a pasted on gimmick you are on your way to success. It is that simple!
08-18-2009, 01:32 AM
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Unless the MMO is something else than text based, i doubt it'll pick up more of a following than most of the other MMOs in the app store.

Look at what companies like Blizzard did: They made an incredibly popular, addictive, and entertaining world that attracted everyone, from people who had never touched a game to the most hardened mmo addicts. Mostly because you could meet other players online and the world had a large number of things to do. It was also simple and easy to play and access, something that gathered the interest of a lot of players. It also had very basic system requirements, so an Alienware wasn't needed to run it, but that doesn't really count here.


Now look at what SGN did: SGN created Agency Wars, a game that looked appealing and sucked players in. It is easy to access, not too hard to level up, missions seem different (at first) and weapons slowly became available as the player leveled up. Early on it wasn't to hard to maintain a healthy amount of cash and weapons, and most of the reviews praised it. However, as you leveled up, attacks upon you became more frequent, you started losing cash quickly, and aside from passports which didn't work well, you were always open to attack, especially when you aren't logged in and have your phone turned off.

They also created a mafia game, just like a bunch of other developers:

I'm going to save a wall of text here, and say that all of these involved doing the same mission until your energy ran out, sending as many friend requests as you could, and buying as many weapons and advantages, with and without real money, to gain an edge above other players.


All it really comes down to if you want to make a successful MMO, look at what other successful devs have done, and do what they did, only add new features and fix the old ones that were broken.


I'm gonna turn in now, too much typing for now, but i hope this gave you a little insight on MMOs. I have a fair amount of experience with them, waiting for updates and not playing at the moment, and i hope this will help you a little, sincerely,

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