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Post » Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:24 pm

Hi, this is a bit long but very critical for me & my future. :| I came a thought that I would save money to get a license plus developer license for google play store. So technically I need a card (paypal , or Visa) but the problem it needs a bank account. So I have lots of thing to do & lots of decisions before I make a step forward into it. So I just want some of experienced and professional and expert game developers who know about marketing & selling:

1- Is Paypal a safe way to transfer money? Is anyone going to steal from it? or should I get a visa for my sake?
2- I don't have a bank account but can I make a card with my dads bank account & email? (That technically means in his name, he is the owner not me)
3- If I registered in Google playstore developer account that have a fee of 25$ , are they are going to outwit & take more? (my dad is hesitant about making me a card since he thinks they are people on the internet impostors & they are going to take large amount of money)
4- If I registered in Google playstore, and get C2 license and all then I made a 0.99 good app/game, is it guaranteed that I'm going to make money out of it? (let's stay minimum of 99$-299$ per app??) since I'm not going to work with effort for nothing after I bought almost everything!
5- If I did all the above, are you sure you can get benefit from it from your personal experience?
6- Well I'm a solo indie developer, which means lots of tense & work load on me, so is there is any chance for me to get money in googleplay store between many games & giant top developers companies? ( I feel nothing compared to them! :lol: )

This process is going to take lot of time for me since it requires good amount of money, and my dad isn't convinced of it. Sorry for those many questions but I need to know since I'm 14 & I'm too young to understand about selling & stuff. Plus I want to give dad evidence if there is positive sides of it & true. So please tell me the truth & only the truth from your personal experience.
Thanks in advance, & special thanks for any true clear answer.
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Post » Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:56 pm

1. If paypal wasn't safe then I don't think Scirra would use it as a way to purchase things in their store.
2. Yes you can do that. You can name the account anything you prefer and sign up with your dads email. You can also add your email so you can edit while signed into the your own account. Any transactions will be sent to a google merchant account or your dads bank account.
3. No, you will only pay 25 dollars like it says.
4. Depends on your game. I made a game for google play and am selling it for .99 and it has gotten 2 downloads in a 4 month period. I also consider the game to be one of my best.
5. You definitely can get personal experience from this. I would know because I am selling in my father's name too.
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Post » Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:58 pm

Sorry I missed no. 6. I would hate to be a downer but until you make an original game with superb graphics and many challenges, I don't think most indie game developers could compare to big companies like king or glu. Just one opinion though.
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Post » Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:51 pm

What i know Paypal is very safe, and you can't open it without bank account.

You need advertise for your game to make sales, If you have a great game with new ideas and awesome design ...etc, You can talk with advertise games studios so they will help your game to show up and of course they will take a share from the money.
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Post » Fri Aug 15, 2014 6:29 am

I agree with your dad about being wearing about linking cards. And you can't open a paypal account either.

You don't need a license. You need to hone your skills, you are 14 years old. Build games (lots of them) bad and good and learn from each experience. If you are serious about being a game developer, then start learning C# or C++, and you can learn these for free from microsoft(I'm currently doing it).

How to win dad's over isn't about showing numbers of what you can get. Dad's know life doesn't go according to plan. You need to study C#/C++/HTML5/CSS etc (all free on microsoft academy)

You need to use the free scirra license and make great little games.
Put your games all over the internet (Make sure it has your brand name - [NOT LightBulb Games (this is taken already by the way) your name, you as a person Naji ???], and get a domain name in your real name so that you can get an email [email protected] which you will have for ever (can't be canceled no hotmail/gmail/webmail etc. And make sure that you can always be contacted via your games via email.

You are 14, you have 2 years to learn a language, and get your name all over the net. THen when you decide to take this up a notch, you have a following, and experience.
You think you can do these things, but you can't, Nemo!
Just keep reading.
Just keep learning.
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Post » Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:26 am

Look into a Prepaid Debit Visa card. You buy a credit card with like $25USD + up to $10 extra for fees. And it doesn't link to your dad's account so it is very safe, although it'll cost you a little bit more (depending on the services in your area). Also check that google and/or paypal accepts prepaid debit visa cards.
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Post » Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:19 pm

DUTOIT wrote:I agree with your dad about being wearing about linking cards. And you can't open a paypal account either.

You don't need a license. You need to hone your skills, you are 14 years old. Build games (lots of them) bad and good and learn from each experience. If you are serious about being a game developer, then start learning C# or C++, and you can learn these for free from microsoft(I'm currently doing it).

How to win dad's over isn't about showing numbers of what you can get. Dad's know life doesn't go according to plan. You need to study C#/C++/HTML5/CSS etc (all free on microsoft academy)

You need to use the free scirra license and make great little games.
Put your games all over the internet (Make sure it has your brand name - [NOT LightBulb Games (this is taken already by the way) your name, you as a person Naji ???], and get a domain name in your real name so that you can get an email [email protected] which you will have for ever (can't be canceled no hotmail/gmail/webmail etc. And make sure that you can always be contacted via your games via email.

You are 14, you have 2 years to learn a language, and get your name all over the net. Then when you decide to take this up a notch, you have a following, and experience.

Thanks for the help. The problem is When I tried C# codes on an online compiler it give me error so I was frustrated after editing codes multiple times! Didn't know what I have done wrong. Plus I Searched internet & I found Lightbulb Crew & Broken Bulb Games, nothing to be found as lightbulb games studio expect me.
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