GameFor - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

I have been developing mobile apps for the past 8 years and have been developing professionally since 2003. Our team has been developing apps together for more than 4 years.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

I have been developing mobile apps for the past 8 years and have been developing professionally since 2003. Our team has been developing apps together for more than 4 years.

Matthew Ridley is a seasoned mobile developer and principal of Milk Can LLC. Milk Can Dev and Design Studio specializes in delivering amazing custom mobile solutions to small and large businesses.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

Overcast - It does what it is supposed to do (listen to podcasts) really well and has just a clean and easy to use interface. I immediately swapped to using it full-time when I started trying it out and recommend it to anyone that I know that listens to podcasts.
PinPal - I bowl in a fun work league and started using this app after a recommendation from a friend. It has a very natural and quick interface while still providing a way to add really detailed stats and tracking for those that want it.
LastPass - This app is the reason that I pay for my LastPass membership. I love being able to have unique passwords and other protected information at my fingertips while still being done in a secure way.

How long have you been working on this app?

We started development on the app at the beginning of 2017 and soft-launched it at the end of that year. We officially launched the app in March of 2018.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

Our entire team is made up of tabletop gamers and we wanted to design a way for gamers to find events near them and create their own. We wanted to remove all of the roadblocks and bad experiences that we had experienced ourselves using other apps and websites.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

I think that the way that GameFor sets itself from previous apps, websites and current competitors is that we designed GameFor from the ground up to be event-based, not user-based. What I mean by that is that we are not telling tabletop gamers, who are largely considered to be a fairly introverted group, that there are X gamers near them and to find a friend or two. We are showing them all of the places and events that they can go to in order to play games instead. This removes a lot of the social pressure of using our application and takes advantage of local stores, groups, clubs, and conventions that already do a good job of creating and running events and just help gamers to find them easier.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

One of the main issues that we hear from users of the app is that there are places where users believe nobody else is using it. We are seeing these in areas that we know there are other users, however, people are not posting events, creating events or looking for player posts. So if there is an area where stores are not engaged and no one is willing to create anything in their area, it can look like the app is not being used in that area. We have been working for some time on a way to help show people that X amount of people have searched in your area and other feedback mechanisms to users while still making sure that we are not tracking users and requiring information added by users if they do not want it in the app. We feel that our solutions will give more visibility to our users about the level of activity that is occurring around them even when there might not be official interactions yet. We are also looking at adding by the end of this year some incentives for helping recruit others into the app so that we can grow even more rapidly than we are currently. We have heard from our users and feel ourselves that the value of the app increases as more people use the app.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

We would love everyone to give it a try and to share it with their tabletop gaming community. Through their support, we can continue to make this platform grow and help everyone play more games!


About App: GameFor helps you find tabletop gaming events, players, and stores in your area. Search local gaming events all in one place, without needing to keep track of different websites and social platforms. Post listings looking for people interested in playing specific games near you. Also find a comprehensive listing of stores in your area or anywhere you travel.

Categories: Social

Date: October 7, 2019

Developer: Matthew Ridley

About developer: Matthew Ridley is a seasoned mobile developer and principal of Milk Can LLC. ... Read more



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