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How much will it cost to make a game like mafia wars ...

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by blackhatmikey, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. blackhatmikey

    blackhatmikey Regular Member

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    im thinking of making a game/facebook app like mafia wars,farmville,yoville etc ...what do i need to do so and how much will a project like this cost :confused:


    and what is a good site to look for a game maker ..and does anybody know the makers of all the zynga games :eek:
     
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  2. tnenad

    tnenad Regular Member

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    You have to learn Flash and PHP.
     
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  3. Jared255

    Jared255 Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Zynga probably has their own team to code. Actually I'm 99.99% sure they do.
     
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  4. blackhatmikey

    blackhatmikey Regular Member

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    anybody know a good game maker i can talk to
     
  5. Jason_parker700

    Jason_parker700 Regular Member

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    You will also have to learn java. That's what i've heard.
     
  6. _Bryan_

    _Bryan_ Regular Member

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    First of all, it requires a lot of investment.
    As the above posters said, you need to learn PHP, Flash, Java and who knows what else, or you could just pay a freelancer to do it for you.
    Second, you will need to do crazy advertising, as there are a lot of apps out there similar to Mafia Wars (Gang Wars, Vampire Wars etc). And this would require a big amount of cash.

    So I don't think that a single person would be able to make it far.
     
  7. CyrusVirus

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    your underestimating blackhat
     
  8. blackhatmikey

    blackhatmikey Regular Member

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    no faith :D all it take is a dollar and a dream to make it big man
     
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    crashed Senior Member

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    google buy facebook app scripts... there are clones u can buy and then just mod the graphics for $100 - $200
     
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    As Crashed said, TONS of clones look around.
     
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  11. blackhatmikey

    blackhatmikey Regular Member

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    thanks i edited my post i dont want a mafia wars clone i have ideas of different games that i would like made :D
     
  12. _Bryan_

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    Well, if you would like to bank hard, then start from 0. If you just want some quick cash, then use clones and so.

    It was just my opinion tho.
     
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    Well, I know alot flash games developer cause I am belong to flash games industry. That kind of games cost will be more then 50k, cause some flash games sponsorship selling 10k to 20k :p
     
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  14. Chronos

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    Come up with a solid business plan, and look for angel investor.

    Introduce a competitive advantage over to make investors interested.
     
  15. jay2success

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    This is very good idea, facebook games if done correctly can make you millions. The best and cheap way to start is buy mafiawars clone about $250 and then you can start slowly to build traffic and followers. It's too expensive if you have your own programmer team but you can start slow and build your team slowly. Other idea is to build other more addicting games but this requires lots of investment. I also interested in facebook games.
    Hope this helps.
     
  16. blackhatmikey

    blackhatmikey Regular Member

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    million dollar dreamsssssssss
     
  17. tingting

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    does any body have numbers on how much these games are making?
     
  18. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    I believe Mafia Wars makes around $50k a day from what I've heard in the industry. I used to be quite heavily involved with some decent development firms.

    Bear in mind these apps have huge companies behind them with multi-million dollar budgets.

    Those above who think "blackhat" can compete with Zynga are sadly mistaken - the main thing that differs these apps from the rest is the 24/7 dev teams that constantly make additions and tweaks.
     
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    This is to the comment MeatHead posted.

    All you have to have is a Really Good Business plan, good concept of a Game, and the approach VC's for a ROI agreement.

    I'm excited to say that I'm in a Seed Phase of a game developement, and I'm well on my way for the next Phase, funding.

    It does a take a Whole year to Develope a social game like farmville, mafia wars, and so fourth.

    But it's WELL worth it.


    >CEON
     
  20. lll3mk4

    lll3mk4 Newbie

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    im sure it will cost a lot!