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Video: Building on an App Store success with Badland

July 2, 2014 | By Staff

"We were facing this problem: what should we do now? We only had this plan to make the game, and nothing else."
- Frogmind cofounder Johannes Vuorinen explores a common problem for indie developers: what do you do after your game is done?

When it launched on Apple's App Store in 2013, Frogmind's Badland was downloaded over 100,000 in its first week -- not bad for a premium mobile game developed by two Finnish indie developers.

After the launch, Frogmind decided to continue to focus on the game, which continued to receive respectable amounts of both paid and free downloads. By the end of the year the game was ported to other mobile platforms, surpassed 10 million players and received the iPad Game of the Year title in App Store.

As part of the GDC 2014 Independent Games Summit, developer Johannes Vuorinen walks us through the post-launch development of Badland and describe what efforts the team made to stay in the charts. He also discusses how the studio prioritized its work updating the game and porting it to other platforms, why Frogmind found Blackberry to be the most viable platform to port Badland to first, and share his experiences developing, launching and maintaining a bona fide App Store success.

We've taken the liberty of embedding the free video of "Badland Postmortem: Building on App Store Launch Success" above, but you can also watch it here on the GDC Vault.

About the GDC Vault

In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers.

Those who purchased All Access passes to recent events like GDC, GDC Europe, and GDC Next already have full access to GDC Vault, and interested parties can apply for the individual subscription via a GDC Vault subscription page. Group subscriptions are also available: game-related schools and development studios who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions can receive access for their entire office or company by contacting staff via the GDC Vault group subscription page. Finally, current subscribers with access issues can contact GDC Vault technical support.

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