If any more evidence was needed of just how much the App Store has further democratized game development, look no further than the story of Connor Zamary. CNET reports that earlier this month, Zamary released a 99-cent game called Toaster Pop for iPhones and iPads after pitching investors on the idea through PowerPoint slides, forming his own company and having meetings with developers. Did we mention that he accomplished all this at the ripe old age of 7?
The game itself, inspired by a story Connor’s father Craig told him about an antique toaster, has players swiping toppings like butter and jam onto slices of bread as many times as they can before time runs out. It’s a simple, straightforward, almost Fruit Ninja style premise but it was Connor’s intention to design a game that would appeal to his young peers. Between impressive and surprisingly marketing-savvy moves like that and a desire to help his younger sister launch her own app, we might be witnessing the rise of some kind of game publishing wunderkind.
Although Connor’s father controls the email account Connor uses for conducting company business, rest assured that the bulk of the operations, negotiations and conference calls are personally overseen by Connor himself. An update to Toaster Pop is already on the way. It seems like only a matter of time before he strikes out on his own.
[ via CNET.com ]
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