How much does it cost to build a gaming app?

Standard price for a gaming app: $37,500

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What is a gaming app?

A gaming application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that enables users to play games against each other. Gaming apps may also include features for managing the game and interacting with friends.

Games are often categorized as either casual games or immersive, engaging games. Casual games are popular on mobile devices and can also be found on social media platforms. Classic examples of casual games include Solitaire, Candy Crush, and Bejeweled. Immersive, engaging games use virtual reality technologies to immerse users in the gaming experience and encourage them to interact with other players (or non-player characters). Popular immersive games include Minecraft, World of Warcraft, and Fortnite.

Here are some recent gaming app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A mobile AR that lets 100 people play the game-a leader will create the lobby and users nearby can join. The perimeter of the game will be set by the leader on a map. The goal is to turn everyone red.

  • An app to help casino owners determine how funds should be allocated between tables.

  • A digital version of a card game for the Laotian community pop 263k in USA.

What is the typical cost to build a gaming app?

A gaming app usually costs $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. A gaming app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent gaming app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $18,000

  • $7,500

  • $37,500

How long does it take to build a gaming app?

A gaming app usually takes 280 hours to build. However, a gaming app can be built in as few as 67 hours, or in as many as 667 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent gaming apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 267

  • 133

  • A digital version of a card game for the Laotian community pop 263k in USA.

How to successfully grow your gaming application

A gaming app can grow its user base by providing a unique and engaging in-app experience. Gamers always want to be playing something new, and a good gaming app should provide a steady stream of new content. If users don't feel like they're getting enough value from the game, they are likely to leave.

Risks and challenges of building a gaming application

A gaming app faces potential legal risks associated with gambling, and the storage of personal information. Players should be required to verify their age before using the app, and gaming apps should take strong measures to prevent minors from accidentally accessing the app or purchasing in-game items. Gaming apps can also face reputational risk related to user experience and customer support. It is important that gaming apps provide a high level of customer support both through the app as well as via email, phone, or online chat. It is recommended that you create an escalation process for handling user complaints and include a mechanism for responding to users who leave negative reviews on your app store page.

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