Support our Sponsors:

Go Back   Touch Arcade > Developer Discussion > Public Game Developers Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-09-2012, 12:15 PM
Rainier's Avatar
Rainier Rainier is offline
Developer
iPhone 4S, iOS 6.x
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 162
Default Would you release your app close to the election?

Our app is getting close to the release date, and as luck would have it, it just happens to be close to the US Presidential election (the projected release date is 11/4, the election is 11/6).

My first instinct is to get out of the way, but then again, if everyone thought that, there wouldn't be much to write about for gaming sites. One other plus is that aspects of the app can be highlighted to take advantage of the election. Since it's a charades app, all sorts of political figures can be conjured up to take part of the news flow.

What would you guys do? Go with the flow, or get out of the way?

Thanks for your thoughts!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-10-2012, 02:34 AM
R3v's Avatar
R3v R3v is offline
Senior Member
iPhone 5, iOS 7.x
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 135
Default

We are stopping all our Facebook campaigns prior to US elections till New Year.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-10-2012, 07:13 AM
MarkFromBitmenStudios's Avatar
MarkFromBitmenStudios MarkFromBitmenStudios is offline
Developer
iPad (4th Gen), iOS 6.x
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Austria, Europe
Posts: 130
Send a message via AIM to MarkFromBitmenStudios
Default

I wouldn't worry for the following reasons:
  • The world does not stop during elections (let's x our fingers).
  • CNN will probably not cover your app on other days either (most likely that is).
  • There are no elections in the other 154 countries the app will be released to (actually I haven't checked).
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-10-2012, 08:08 AM
BlueSpiral's Avatar
BlueSpiral BlueSpiral is offline
Senior Member
iPod Touch (4th Gen)
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Posts: 245
Default

If you can get one of the candidates to mention or even play your app during a live debate, you'll be on a right winner!!!.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-10-2012, 11:14 PM
Clash Force's Avatar
Clash Force Clash Force is offline
Member
iPod Touch (4th Gen), iOS 5.x
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 76
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BlueSpiral View Post
If you can get one of the candidates to mention or even play your app during a live debate, you'll be on a right winner!!!.
Ah, so that's what Obama was doing, playing bad piggies.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-11-2012, 09:26 AM
Rainier's Avatar
Rainier Rainier is offline
Developer
iPhone 4S, iOS 6.x
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 162
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MarkFromBitmenStudios View Post
I wouldn't worry for the following reasons:
  • The world does not stop during elections (let's x our fingers).
  • CNN will probably not cover your app on other days either (most likely that is).
  • There are no elections in the other 154 countries the app will be released to (actually I haven't checked).
Great points, Mark. Thanks for the added perspective. Makes it a little less frightening to go up against such a huge news event.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-12-2012, 05:45 PM
MarcJay MarcJay is offline
Member
iPad (3rd Gen), iOS 5.x
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: California
Posts: 92
Default

IMO, release date (unless you have a specific/expensive promotion planned on release date), is becoming less important these days. We're not big console games where sales need to come early and come big. I think the App Store is more about the slow burn and keeping up marketing, day by day, inch by inch. I would just release when you feel you App is ready.

We just released our game, Operation Smoochy, on the App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/operation-smoochy/id555651007?mt=8), and felt the key was after release, tell as many friends as possible so they can download and hopefully like, review and rate as soon as possible.

Good luck!
Reply With Quote

Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright 2012, TouchArcade.com, LLC.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2008 - 2011, TouchArcade.com. Privacy Policy / DMCA Copyright Agent