When I renewed my website last year, I added this blog section and told that I will share my progress but I did not. Well, I’m a shitty blogger. However, after I got some emails and comments I thought that it’s time to share my experiences about making money with HTML5 games.
I know there are many other ways to make money with HTML5 games like publishing them on mobile platforms with ads and in-app purchases etc. but I want to talk about the ones works for me.
Freelance HTML5 Games
At first, I didn’t like working as a freelance game developer because my first jobs were boring and I wasn’t paid well. But now, I get really nice freelance jobs and have awesome clients always have new game ideas.
Making freelance games is great because you get a chance to work on different kind of games. You have an opportunity to try different things to find a solution for the problems you have never encountered with. I think this is the best way to learn lots of new things and be productive. But as we all know, when you get a freelance job you should do what client says. This may make you feel like you are limited. So in order to have fun, you should prefer freelance games which are more fun to make.
Another important point is that you should negotiate with clients to make sure the price will be fair for both sides. Consider all offers as a chance to learn and improve your skills, not just a way to make money. Otherwise, you won’t have fun.
Making freelance games were my best way to make money in 2015. So I’m planning to write a more detailed post about freelance HTML5 games soon. Do not forget to subscribe and follow me on twitter if you like to learn more about it.
HTML5 Game Templates
I’ve started making money with sharing templates on stores like Codecanyon or Scirra Store. This is the best way for a beginner to start earning money. Templates are easy to create so you can make money while trying and learning lots of things.
If you want to get more serious about what you are doing, I really recommend making some market research. Before I’ve made Super Platformer Engine for Scirra Store, I’d checked Game Maker Store and realized that platformer templates were the best sellers. So, I made a really good package for platformer template and put it on Scirra Store. It’s the top rated item and second most seller now on Scirra Store.
Exclusive HTML5 Games
I haven’t made any exclusive games like two years. In 2014, I was just making exclusive games and licensing them to Spil Games. They were planning to invest 5 million dollars in HTML5 games at that time so they were paying a good amount of money for exclusive HTML5 games. Now the market is a bit lower, but still a good way to make money if you like to make your own games without any deadlines. In previous years, you could make fewer quality games and have a great chance to license them. But now, you need more polished and featured games to find a publisher. I’ve talked with some other HTML5 game developers that sell exclusive licenses recently and seems like the current average is around 3k USD.
Non-Exclusive HTML5 Games
While I was selling exclusive games I always think how much I would make if I go with non-exclusive deals. So I opened this website and tried to sell small non-exclusive games. That was the least profitable option for me comparing to other methods above.
I think If you find good exclusive deals, just take it. For some cases, you might make lots of money from your non-exclusive HTML5 games, but you need to do lots of marketing. So if you want to focus making good games other than business and marketing, you better license your game exclusively. Since there’re so many cheap and small games on stores, the chance of selling non-exclusive licenses of your simple HTML5 games is low.
I know this is not detailed enough to describe that topic. I already said that I will write a more detailed post about making freelance HTML5 games, feel free to suggest new post ideas. Please also leave a comment below if you want to share any of your experiences and advice. Make sure you follow me on twitter and do not forget to subscribe!