There are many iOS games out on the market today marketed toward children and teenagers. While they are well-built and highly addictive, there aren’t a huge number of iOS games built by teenagers that become extremely successful. The games that do are usually created by individuals multiple years older than the intended audience. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t talented coding geniuses out there that are teens, there are. We know of this first hand. But many of these teens don’t know how to apply their talents. Until now.
MakeGamesWith.Us was founded by AshutoshDesai (19 years old) and JeremyRossmann (20 years old). The former UCLA and MIT students are building a game publishing company targeted at teenagers. They teach teenagers how to develop iOS games and take care of the business and marketing side of game development.
MakeGamesWith.Us doubles as a learning tool and game publisher. As a learning tool, they offer easy to follow project-based tutorials that have already turned dozens of high school students into iOS game developers. In game publishing, MakeGamesWith.Us provides custom art and music to bring the look and feel of the games to a professional level.
It is also important to remember that MakeGamesWithUs acts as a bridge in your game creation. This means you must still invest in all of the things needed for developing an iOS game – a Mac, XCode, etc. If you do intend to publish through MGWU, you don’t have to purchase a developer’s account, that is taken care of. However, the free MGWU service will take a 30% cut from profits. You do have the option to go at it alone after your game’s creation if you wish.
Desai, creator of Helicopter ($0.99), said one of the main initiatives of MakeGamesWith.Us is to enable you to use existing knowledge of computer science to build a real product. Desai and Rossmann believe this is a valuable experience missing from traditional education.
The MGWU team are recent alums of YCombinator Winter-2012. To learn more about MakeGamesWithUs and to sign up, visit their website today.