Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mobile game developer quits Android, says 'no longer financially viable'

A mobile game developer has announced it will no longer create games for Android, saying the ROI from Google's mobile platform is simply insufficient to make continued development financially viable.

Mika Mobile is developer of the hit Android games Zombieville USA and Battleheart (which also exist in iOS versions).  The company has announced that they will no longer be developing games for Android for simple financial reasons. Or perhaps the reasons aren't quite so simple, but easily explainable.

Android generates only about 5 percent of the income for the company. Despite this, the company allocated about 20 percent of its resources to fixing Android compatibility issues and other bugs. Part of that, obviously, is Android's fragmentation problem, but it is also a result of the fact that Android continues to trail iOS as a money-maker for devs.

One thing to note, though: neither game has been updated since mid-last year. We're wondering where all that development effort went, since neither one has been updated for close to nine months.

In addition, Battleheart is priced at the relatively pricey $2.99 (for a game).

Either way, the developer will be missed.  You can read the company's full blog post here.

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