Imagine making money playing. Did you? Well, know that for many adolescents and young people, this world is a reality. Thanks Roblox. Two Florida teenagers in the United States have created a game using the platform and funded their own university studies with what they profit from their creation, the game "Jailbreak." The estimate is that this year the billing of the game will be in the millions of dollars. In 2017, the company behind the platform expects to distribute almost $ 100 million among the developers who use Roblox Studio to create # Games and bring their imaginations to life.
The above case is not isolated, therefore.
Another young American, Andrew Bereza, for example, who barely turned 18 is responsible for another popular game on the platform, Miner's Heaven. And speaking of young, the average of the developers within the platform Roblox Studio is between 15 and 22 years. Already the players are younger, they are between 9 and 12 years old. Many start playing the creations of others, but over time they grow and end up not just being players, but also becoming game developers.
And for those who think that Roblox is new, it is deceived. The game was released more than a decade ago by engineer David Baszucki. Their goal was to create an educational game that would teach physics to children and adolescents. With time and evolution the game has become much more than that.
Although it has been around for a long time, Roblox has never been as popular as it is now. Two years ago the number of users almost multiplied by ten, and already threatens the almost absolute reign of Minecraft, one of the favorite games of the kids.
Today, the game has 62 million users worldwide. By 2015, that figure had barely surpassed 5 million (less than the number of players in Latin America today: 8 million)
The boom in this growth may have occurred after the game allowed teens and teens to create their own worlds. More than 29 million games have been created since this happened. In addition, support from Microsoft and the arrival of #xbox may have been responsible for the explosion of users over the last two years. And besides the console the game is available on several other platforms such as PC, iOS and Android. Another factor that impacts this growth is the easy sharing among friends. The numerous channels on YouTube dedicated to the game also have their share of contribution in the popularity of Roblox.
The platform's ease of game creation allows even a 6-year-old to be able to venture into the programming universe. An interesting detail behind some creations is that many of them are teenagers who create their games at home, but the refinement of some of them suggests that they are the result of the production of professional studios.