Flash games have really become popular in the ppast few years. Social gaming is really on the rise, with Nintendo’s Wii console and DS, and social sites like Facebook making games of accessible and appealing to a wider audience than ever before, there is a massive growth in the industry. As a Flash designer you can cash in on this by adding Flash games to your portfolio.
The most obvious way of profiting from Flash games is to develop them for clients. The freelance sites such as Freelancer.com or ScriptLance have daily listings for client requiring Flash game development work. Not only will you earn directly from the project, but by adding that game to your portfolio you’ll attract more clients in the future.
If you don’t want the obligation and deadlines of working for clients, sponsorship mighht suit you better. This allows you to develop a game at your own pace, and once completed your sponsor pays you to embed their branding and links into the game. The amount you’ll earn will vary, depending on the company which is sponsoring you, and the quality of the game.
The next optin is to monetise your games yourself. These days several advertising networks offer the ability to embed adverts directly into your games, earning you money every time they are played. The networks usually have publishers who will distribute your games for a share of the revenue making it easy to get your game noticed.
Another way to monetise games yourself is to simply publish them on a website, and add banner adverts or Adsense to the site. In fact, this was how I accidentally got involved in the games industry back in 2003 when I put a few of my own games on a site with some banner adverts. Little did I know that would lead to a full time career in the games industry!
A very recent, and rapidly growing technology allows for in game currencies. While this is quite new there are already 2 networks offering the service and I’m sure this will grow tremendously in the coming months and years.
Finally, and perhaps most obviously, a good Flash game can be ported to a more commercial platform. You can offer a downloadable version for a few dollars, an iPhone version on Apple’s App store, or you could even port to a console platform such as Xbox live. In fact, once you’ve learned the skills of a Flash games developer, the doors to the games industry are wide open to you!
So what are you waiting for? There’s no doubt that developing browser games can be very profitable, and there are some great opportunities right now to enter the industry during its growth phase. If you haven’t done so already, start working through some tutorials, pick apart some existing game source code, and learn to become a successful games developer.