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Why Video Game Developers Don't Want To Hear Your Great Idea

Game developer doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad one. It mean that they came up with it already and scrapped it.

Dylan Moran

August 22, 2017

4 Min Read

If you’ve ever played video games then no doubt you’ve come with some great idea that you think will be a major smash hit. Everyone has their own ideas and everyone thinks they’re the greatest. But if you tried to submit them to a game developer, they seem disinterested. Why is that? Well, here’s a look at why video game developers don’t want to hear your great idea, no matter how good it is.

They Might Have Had the Idea Themselves

That a game developer doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad one, it might mean that they came up with it already and scrapped it, or have heard it from someone else. If you want to submit an idea to a bookmaker for a great game concept, you’ve got to make sure that it really is original. Bookmakers are smart people. They know a thing or two about creating great games. You only have to look at sites like Efirbet to see that for yourself. Consider doing a little research to see if it’s been done before.

There are thousands of online games already on the market in a plethora of different genres with many different themes and ideas. If you can imagine it, it may have been done before. At the very least someone working for a big game developer may have already had the same idea as you, but decided it wasn’t feasible.

They Need More than an Idea

Let’s not kid ourselves; publishers look at third party professional developers and their ideas all the time. Do you think EA came up with the idea for Titanfall? They didn’t. Respawn did. But they came to EA with more than just an idea. They fleshed out their idea and they were ready to make it happen. They had more than just a concept in mind. They had everything. All they needed was some financial backing from EA, which they got because of their plans.

Don’t just tell a game developer a basic idea for a game. You need to put in the work yourself. Take a look at each part of the idea and ask yourself if it really works; ask yourself how you really want the game to be. If you really think your idea is all that great, you’ll put together a proper pitch. So you want to put in some free spins and a cool bonus feature? That’s great, but how do they work? These are the questions you need to ask yourself.

You Lack Experience

The only way to understand what it takes to really develop a game is to actually try it for yourself. Everyone has great ideas, but not all of these ideas are feasible in the grand context of things. You might not be able to create the game that you really want to because you don’t understand how games are really made.

Take the time to learn a thing or two about what goes into making a game so that you can put together a solid pitch for your idea. Better yet, have a go at making a smaller game first. Start simple, and work your way up. Don’t try to start out by creating a beast of a sandbox game like a Grand Theft Auto. Start out with something smaller. From there, you can work your way up, refine your ideas, and have something that a game developer would love to hear about.

The biggest names in bookkeeping didn’t get where they were overnight. They spent years building up experience and working to become the top names in the industry. There’s no harm in starting small and building up your experience. If anything, that just makes a bookie more likely to listen to what you have to say.

Remember that game developers aren’t interested in hearing about your great ideas because that’s all they are; ideas. Flesh them out, learn more about video games, and use the proper channels to get their attention. Then maybe they’ll listen to you. If they don’t, then you can always make it yourself anyway!

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