In his 2005 Stanford commencement address, Steve Jobs said :
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
This is the story of one such developer partner Ramizuddin Shaikh. His love of computers led him to pursue a computer science degree. Early on in his course he developed a few utilities, but it did not feel like his calling. He then tried his hand at building a simple 2D game and fell in love with game development. What fascinated him most about game development, was the freedom to make his own rules for it. It provided him a platform to dream & create without any boundaries.
Unfortunately he could not publish his first PC game due to the lack of resources. The spark was rekindled, with the dawn of mobile app stores, as it led to democratization of app distribution & publishing. With the friction in publishing now gone, he ported his first PC game to Nokia and released it on GetJar in 2010. While it garnered a lot of success in terms of downloads, it still remained a hobby since he had not yet managed to earn from his efforts. As he continued to tinker away, he decided to include Ads in his Apps in an attempt to make some pocket money. What he got instead was a lot more!
Two of his most popular apps are Adventure of Ted & Cute Bird which have been downloaded in the millions. In fact, ‘Adventure of Ted’ was ranked among the Top free games on the Nokia store for the first two months in India, UK and other countries. Cute Bird, not being too far behind, also made it to the Top 20 free games on the Nokia Store.
When discussing monetization Ramizuddin states : “I am very proud of partnering with Vserv.mobi for monetization. They are very professional, with excellent dedicated support. CTR and Fill rates are great when compared to other networks. I shifted to Vserv.mobi from other ad network in October 2011 and my revenue more than doubled. Vserv’s AppWrapper™ is very innovative with it’s One Click approach. It has helped me stop worrying about SDK integration and focus on App development instead. Monetization has become a piece of cake – One Click and I’m done!”
A true mobizen, he feels incomplete without the Internet & his mobile phone. He plans to expand his portfolio both in terms of apps and platforms supported. We wish him all the best for the future and hope more developers find their true love!
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