Amid recession, developer finds hope in App Store
It's all about timing.
A year ago, longtime programmer
Unfortunately, that rosy vision didn't pan out. Maze Wars Revisited sold poorly. "Last year," he recalls, "the iPhone [App Store] was still so new that all the obvious apps were still to be done. Now, most of [them] have been done. To do something that will actually make money, it has to solve a real problem, and that typically takes a team."
Still, Hescox's economic fortunes may well be looking up. While he'd hoped Maze Wars would catch fire and cement his bona fides as a hit indie app maker, there was always a plan B: to establish himself as someone with the skills to make good apps, and to get hired by others to do so. A few contracts later, plan B is working a bit. The work is coming, though it's not steady.
Hescox still hopes his talent in this hottest of markets--there are 100,000 iPhone apps, and counting--will land him something full time. "I'm still open for contracts," Hescox said. "But a nice job would be good."
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December 9, 2009 4:00 AM PST
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