INFOGRAPHIC: How Indie Developers Are Taking on the $25B Mobile Gaming Market

January 18, 2016 • By Maeghan Ouimet, WIRED Brand Lab • Blog Post


  • Cloud-based collaboration and development tools are helping small mobile game studios make it big
  • A growing mobile gaming market has opened the door for indie developers to compete toe-to-toe with the likes of Sony and EA Sports

Thousands of indie developers are now earning their share in a booming, $25 billion mobile gaming market. Here's a look at the tech tools they're using to monetize their talents.

An emerging class of mobile game developers has made a remarkable shift over the past few years—from their apartment couches and parents’ basements to their own corner offices. Thousands of new indie game developers aren’t just coding games for the love of the craft—they’re earning increasingly bigger chunks of change in what is now a booming, $25 billion-per-year industry. Developer teams that struggled to pay rent a few years ago are now creating multi-million-dollar businesses.

What’s enabling all this newfound success and profit? An array of new cloud-based tools and technologies are democratizing a market dominated by the likes of EA, Microsoft, Zynga and other gaming goliaths.

Here’s a look at what the new indie dev tech toolkit—and why it is indeed a game-changer.


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