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Is it possible to make iPhone/iPad games and make a living off of it?
I am new to iPhone game development. I've done very little iPhone app programming in the past(only had one app in appstore). I had alot of questions about the iPhone game development but before I ask let me tell you what I wish to do.
Ultimately my desire is to make really fun games that are great looking and have excellent concepts and mechanics no matter if its for iPhone or PC or Consoles.
The thing that prevents me from being able to do this is a need to make money in order to pay bills to survive. I want to somehow be able to make games and survive at the same time(surviving means roughly 50,000 dollars a year). I have only programming skills mostly but I know there many others out there with all the other skills that are needed to make really awesome games.
So I thought that perhaps the only way to make games and survive is probably to work for a company that makes games or possibly somehow make a game that brings in alot of money(I feel like bringing in alot of money is very unlikely if I make a game alone). I was thinking the best thing for me to do was to make a game to showcase my skills to a game development company in hopes of being able to make games to survive. I thought perhaps I could make an iPhone/iPad Game to showcase or to possibly make money off of it if I am really lucky.
Given all that I have written above I had a few questions:
Do most games on the iPhone/iPad market make alot of money or do most of them make very small amounts?
Do you think its a good idea for me to make one to showcase in hopes of being able to make games and survive?