‘Small is big’ in games de­vel­op­ment

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Is there room for solo de­vel­op­ers and small teams to make great games? “If the game has the in­gre­di­ents to at­tract users, there is def­i­nitely a pos­si­bil­ity. For a cor­po­ra­tion, get­ting users is eas­ier be­cause it can spend a lot on pro­mot­ing its games, by giv­ing free­bies, etc, whereas an in­die de­vel­oper can­not af­ford that. So in most of the cases, in­die games re­sult in few down­loads when com­pared to games made by cor­po­rate houses. So there is al­ways a pos­si­bil­ity that in­di­vid­u­als or small teams can cre­ate great games. Whether people get to know about them, or whether they can per­suade people to in­stall and play the game is a dif­fer­ent story,” opines Swa­gata.

In­dian de­vel­op­ers should have a long-term vi­sion and the pa­tience to de­sign, de­velop and then mar­ket an idea rather than just try to work on out­sourced projects from clients/com­pa­nies. “We have great, proac­tive pro­gram­ming strength in In­dia, bet­ter than any­where else in the world. People should com­bine en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try skills and pro­gram­ming skills to de­velop rev­o­lu­tion­ary and fresh games. In­vest­ments and fore­casts should be based on ground-level re­al­i­ties, and not just on the com­pany’s turnover or on mar­ket-based anal­y­sis. There needs to be sup­port for de­vel­op­ing such great games in terms of a cre­ative en­vi­ron­ment, sus­tain­able busi­ness strate­gies with low/medium costs of pro­duc­tion us­ing HTML5 kind of tech­nolo­gies and strong mar­ket­ing skills. Of course, govern­ment sup­port for the in­dus­try would be great, if pos­si­ble. Even with­out all these, a pow­er­ful game can be de­vel­oped by In­dian pro­gram­mers but a lot of self-dis­ci­pline, fi­nan­cial free­dom, a great amount of mar­ket anal­y­sis and ex­pe­ri­ence are needed,” says Pradeep.

Ac­cord­ing to Pradeep, any kind of fail­ure could land the de­vel­oper in trou­ble, pre­vent­ing one from con­cen­trat­ing on any level of cre­ative de­vel­op­ment. So, en­trepreneurs should study the ground re­al­i­ties well be­fore tak­ing any ad­ven­tur­ous steps in games de­vel­op­ment on their own; but if the proper pre­cau­tions are taken—yes, great games can be de­vel­oped by solo de­vel­op­ers from In­dia.

Even small and brain- teas­ing games are widely

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