Monthly Report January 2012

This article was originally posted at eiswuxe.de on the 2nd February 2012 Welcome to my income report for january 2012. Today I’m gonna tell you what happened in the last weeks and show you some sales-figures that might motivate you, just like I did for the last month. I will also try to answer some questions that arose regarding my last report. The feedback was enormous and many people took the opportunity to ask me questions via the comments-section. Even though I answered all of them, some of you might have missed the information in there. So here are some of the frequently asked questions from the comments: What type of grant did you receive? I received what we here in germany call “Gründerzuschuss”. It can be considered a start-up grant. Normally, this is meant for unemployed people to help them end their unemployment by getting self-employed. So it applies to one person only. It is as high as the unemployment-fee that one would receive plus some 300 bucks for insurances. It lasts 9 months. My grant will end this month, but as you can see I already earn enough money to keep on going without the grant. So for me, it perfectly worked out. Are people pissed off by kids-apps that display ad-banners? I was very curious about that, too, when I started. What I can say now from my personal experience: 99% of the people are NOT. From all the 2.500 ratings that my animal puzzle has on Android, only FIVE even mentioned the ads: Two people complained about adult ads being displayed, which of course is...

Looking Back – My Recent Nine Months as an Indie Developer

This post was originally posted on eiswuxe.de on the 10th January of 2012 Introduction Some of you might remember how I started my indie-career earlier this year. With the new year ahead I guess its time for a little retrospect / post mortem / whatever. At the end of this post I will inform you about the money I made so far. I will try to do this on a monthly schedule, pretty much like KreCi does on his website. But first I’ll have to go into greater detail and tell you a bit about how I planned and funded this whole “operation”. The planning part is rather short. I was fed up with working in the video-games industry without being able to carry out my own ideas. My latest try, a browser-games company that I founded together with some former colleagues, went out of business as our financial backer lost confidence in our ideas and skills. I started working for another company but soon realized that I wanted to try it all on my own. So I: quit my day job (which was one of the best jobs I ever had until then) started coding I then managed to get a grant for a business start-up which consisted of the unemployment pay I would receive plus some bucks for health-insurance and stuff. It would last for 9 months (from mid may 2011 to mid february 2012). After that time I had to earn enough money to keep going. Shortly after, my wife and I got the news that we’ll be having a baby in december. Even though that was the...