Meeting with Mike Hines

On November 7th, TutoTOONS organized a meet up with Mike Hines from Amazon. Lithuanian game developers gathered in Vilnius to learn how to monetize apps better, what the top 50 apps do differently than others and how to engage players with in-app purchases. Those who could not attend the event can get a copy of Mike’s presentation here. One of our favorite quotes from Mike - “Don’t make your customers do math.” Thank you everyone who joined us. Thank you, Mike, for your time and insights. We all had a very interesting and productive evening. :)

Meet and Learn from Mike Hines

Meet and learn from Mike Hines (Amazon), the new best friend of TutoTOONS! :) We’re organising a meet-up with Mike on November 7th at ISM Innobase (Arklių Str. 18 Vilnius), 19:00. RSVP and invite your friends game developers!  Topics that Mike will cover: What the Top 50 Apps Do With In App Purchasing That the Rest of Us Don’t Amazon has collected data about how users engage with IAP in games, and we have reviewed how the most profitable apps are using IAP to monetize successfully. We found data on two levels: HOW the top 50 did differently (Retention data, session length data, units sold and price data) and WHAT they did differently to get those results. It turns out there are a handful of things that most of the top 50 do that other games don’t do. We’ll share that actionable data with you in this session. Is This Really All There Is? More Ways to Monetize We’ve all heard of premium, freemium and ad-supported monetization models, but is that really all there is? No, there are more ways to monetize your app than just those three choices. Is your app using all of the available monetization mechanics? In this presentation, Amazon reviews additional ways you can monetize your app both inside and outside of the app itself, including Amazon Underground. Most of these monetization options will work in conjunction with other established monetization mechanics regardless of whether your app targets iOS, Android, or Windows Mobile devices. Short Bio  Mike Hines is a recovering serial entrepreneur, and is currently a Developer Evangelist for the Amazon Appstore. An advocate for getting more developers over the app poverty line, Mike is on a continuing mission to find out and share what currently is and isn’t working in mobile app monetization, and to identify trends that shape the industry. Mike will be happy to take questions on just about any mobile app topic. Join us on Monday!

GameDev Meetup #10 Gathered Together Lithuanian Game Developers

Last week we had a great event - GameDev Meetup #10! Here game developers shared their thoughts, ideas and projects they are currently working on. During the event, 4 main speakers were not only presenting their success stories but more importantly - talking about their experience in game publishing and self-publishing, a very risky business with no guarantees that your long time developed game will succeed. TutoTOONS co-founder and CEO Mantas Kavaliauskas shared what we learned after publishing 100 mobile games for kids in 1 year. He pointed out his insights about best TutoTOONS games performance in App Store, Google Play and Amazon. Jonas Abromaitis, CEO at Tiny Lab Productions, presented Orborun game publishing experience on Steam platform, the comeback of Nebula44, online strategy game, and the unexpected success of Fun Kid Racing, car racing game for kids. Indie game developer Svajūnas Žemaitis talked about the creation of Garbage Day (which took him 6 years of work from scratch!) and presented his phenomenal success story of getting the Garbage Day green-lit by the Steam community. And finally, one of the youngest Lithuanian game developers and Mad Studio founder Laimonas Mileška shared his game development and publishing experience in ROBLOX platform. Even Business Insider knows his success story! Laimonas Mileška (Mad Studio) says that cooperation with other game developers can help you to improve your performance in game industry: Game developers from Lithuania are so creative and friendly. They easily share their ideas, experiences, insights and discoveries in gaming industry. If you have connections with Lithuanian game developers, you can always contact them directly. They will help you or at least will find someone who can. According to indie gamedev Svajūnas Žemaitis, successful game development strongly depends on sharing your experience and cooperating with other game developers. He believes that everyone can create games on their own: Web is full of resources with useful information about game development. The best way to learn how to create a game is simply… create one. You can only learn through actual game creation process. The most important thing is to choose your favorite game genre or to think up your favorite game type, which will be your starting point. Jonas Abromaitis (Tiny Lab Productions) says game developer meetings like this one are very useful and interesting: First, it’s good to hear what other game developers are currently doing and how everything is going on for them. Second, it’s great to share your own experience. Who else you could boast about your success to if not for your colleagues! I am happy that every time more and more people are coming to these events. I believe that in the future when Lithuanian gaming industry will have a bigger community, we will be able to invite our colleagues from countries like Finland or Estonia. Game developers in these countries have really great experience and this can be a top place where you could learn from the best. Mantas Kavaliauskas (TutoTOONS)promised that there will be more and even bigger events than GameDev Meetup. According to him, meetups are very important for game developers as they improve your knowledge about gaming industry and reduce competition among Lithuanian gamedev studios. Lithuania is a very small country. Game developers living and creating games here should not compete with each other but help each other instead. Only this way, by working together, we can compete in the global gaming market with the largest game development companies. TutoTOONS team has a HUGE thank you to Lithuanian Game Developers Association, talented speakers and woderful participants for making this event happen! Let’s gather even a bigger crowd next time!