Some iOS developers are making bank. One of the more visible iOS games over the past year has been Epic Games' Infinity Blade. In a press release today, Epic announced that its revenue from the game had exceeded $10 million in just six months of release.
Mark Rein, co-founder of Epic Games:
Infinity Blade’s success proves that triple-A gaming experiences can be hugely successful on iOS and that there is a valuable, pent up demand for premium content like this.
Donald Mustard, creative director of ChAIR Entertainment, the development studio behind Blade noted that "Apple has created an exciting, developer-friendly environment for iOS that has opened up many new doors for us."
I'm sure it helped that Apple gave Epic prime seating at iOS presentations and millions in television ad exposure. Can't get much more "developer friendly" than that! Still, with all the talk yesterday about how Apple was incorporating features that originally came from third-party apps, developing for iOS and the Mac is a win-win proposition for just about everyone -- and, if your app is good enough, Apple might just give it some sweet, sweet lovin'.
Incidentally, if Epic has made more than $10 million, that means Apple has cleared a sweet $4 million off its 30% cut.
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Everyone is going to complain about a cut given to "someone else" other than the dev.
What they fail to realize is as you stated...you got to pay the distributor.
Maybe 30% is less of an issue @ $60 msrp but you'd think they also spend more developing a console game.
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If Epic made $10 million, that means they got 70% of $14 million.