So after all the walls of text I just put up, what does this all mean? Let me start by saying that Vortix was not born to be a flash game development studio. It was born to be a game development studio. For the last two years we have focused on flash the same way we may focus on some other technology. We do what we have to do to develop games. That is what we want to do. But to be successful we need to be able to monetize it. It is pointless to create a commercial project if it isn’t to be commercial and no, you don’t have to sell your soul to do it.
To be successful we have made decisions. We developed our own activities:
1. Sponsorship and licensing because it is our current form of monetizing our core business and our core business is creating games.
2. Collaboration projects as an low-risk extension of #1.
3. Contracts as a very-low-risk activity that would allow us quick and steady monetization.
Everything we did, was done with a purpose. There are a bunch of things you can do as a flash or game developer. Some devs operate portals, some devs create software that helps other devs, some devs have a day job, all is fair game, but doing things with a purpose allowed us to set goals and each goal that is achieved is a step forward into that purpose.
It boils down to this:
Do whatever you have to do to be able to do whatever you want to do.
Less than that it’s either a hobby or a bad model. What you need to ask yourself is:
1. What do you do best? Capitalize on that.
2. What do you want to do? Improve on that.
Never stop moving, choose what you have to do and choose what you want to. Be smart, create value, raise the bar, raise your worth.
To finish, keep in mind that you, like us, are probably small fish in a world of sharks. Here’s something worth reading: The Bootstrapper’s Bible. That should put it in a wonderful, motivating new perspective.