How much would it cost to make a game like Pokemon GO?

Pokémon GO has already earned over $200 million. It is anticipated to earn a lot more in the future through ad revenue. In fact, it is expected that many new successful games will be made on similar patterns to Pokemon GO.

Here we explore the effort and cost to make a game like Pokemon GO.


COMPLETE SOLUTIONS


FRONT-END FEATURES


BACK-END FEATURES


COST OF DEVELOPMENT
The actual costs will depend on the hourly rate of team selected and the engagement model. Here are the costs with typical rates:

SolutionEffortTime & MaterialFixed Price
(30% over t&m)
Hourly Rate: $25.00 - Completely offshore team
Pokémon GO App + Back-end6,912 Hrs$172,800$224,640
Pokémon GO MVP + Back-end1,704 Hrs$42,600$55,380
Pokémon GO App Only6,416 Hrs$160,400$208,520
Pokémon GO Back-end Only496 Hrs$12,400$16,120
Hourly Rate: $50.00 - Offshore team with onsite Account Manager
Pokémon GO App + Back-end6,912 Hrs$345,600$449,280
Pokémon GO MVP + Back-end1,704 Hrs$85,200$110,760
Pokémon GO App Only6,416 Hrs$320,800$417,040
Pokémon GO Back-end Only496 Hrs$24,800$32,240
Hourly Rate: $100.00 - Onsite / Nearshore team
Pokémon GO App + Back-end6,912 Hrs$691,200$898,560
Pokémon GO MVP + Back-end1,704 Hrs$170,400$221,520
Pokémon GO App Only6,416 Hrs$641,600$834,080
Pokémon GO Back-end Only496 Hrs$49,600$64,480

INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS
These infrastructure cost estimates are for 25,000 registered users:

HeadSpecsCost
Amazon Web Services Hosting (AWS)2 t2.large instances reserved with full payment, Amazon Dynamo and Elastic Load Balancer$3,000 per year

How much would it cost to build the Uber Partner App?

The Uber Partner App is an essential part of the ecosystem that reports driver information to Uber and facilitates connecting customers with drivers. This app works in tandem with the Uber Rider App.

Since Uber is a very feature rich app, it has a sophisticated infrastructure and complex system requirements. The given quote does not take into consideration such complexities. The given estimates are purely for getting the first version out in the market, which can then be enhanced in future updates.

For the sake of comprehensiveness, all features within the scope of knowledge are being listed here. Here is the estimates of cost to build the Uber Partner App for a native or a cross-platform app on only one of either Android, Windows or iOS.


COMPLETE SOLUTIONS


FRONT-END FEATURES


BACK-END FEATURES


COST OF DEVELOPMENT
The actual costs will depend on the hourly rate of team selected and the engagement model. Here are the costs with typical rates:

SolutionEffortTime & MaterialFixed Price
(30% over t&m)
Hourly Rate: $25.00 - Completely offshore team
Uber Partners App + Back-end1,408 Hrs$35,200$45,760
Uber Partners MVP + Back-end792 Hrs$19,800$25,740
Uber Partners App Only704 Hrs$17,600$22,880
Uber Partners Back-end Only704 Hrs$17,600$22,880
Hourly Rate: $50.00 - Offshore team with onsite Account Manager
Uber Partners App + Back-end1,408 Hrs$70,400$91,520
Uber Partners MVP + Back-end792 Hrs$39,600$51,480
Uber Partners App Only704 Hrs$35,200$45,760
Uber Partners Back-end Only704 Hrs$35,200$45,760
Hourly Rate: $100.00 - Onsite / Nearshore team
Uber Partners App + Back-end1,408 Hrs$140,800$183,040
Uber Partners MVP + Back-end792 Hrs$79,200$102,960
Uber Partners App Only704 Hrs$70,400$91,520
Uber Partners Back-end Only704 Hrs$70,400$91,520

INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS
These infrastructure cost estimates are for 25,000 registered users:

HeadSpecsCost
Amazon Web Services Hosting (AWS)2 t2.large instances reserved with full payment, Amazon Dynamo and Elastic Load Balancer$3,000 per year
Stripe Payment ProcessingPayment API for receiving payments2.9% + 30¢ per transaction
Carnival.ioUser engagement with push notifications$250 per month (estimated)

How much would it cost to build an app like Uber?

The Uber economy is built around several software applications. This article only explores the popular Uber rider application used by customers to book a ride. For the system to be complete, you would also need to build the Uber Partners App.


Due to Uber’s size, the complexities of the system and infrastructure increases manyfold. The quotes here do not address those complexities. Instead, we are estimating the effort for building the first version of a product which will be improved for performance as the user base increases.

For the sake of completeness, all known features are being listed here. Here we discuss the cost to build an app like Uber, these estimates are for a native or a cross-platform app on only one of either iOS, Android or Windows.


COMPLETE SOLUTIONS


FRONT-END FEATURES


BACK-END FEATURES


COST OF DEVELOPMENT
The actual costs will depend on the hourly rate of team selected and the engagement model. Here are the costs with typical rates:

SolutionEffortTime & MaterialFixed Price
(30% over t&m)
Hourly Rate: $25.00 - Completely offshore team
Uber Rider App + Back-end1,840 Hrs$46,000$59,800
Uber Rider MVP + Back-end852 Hrs$21,300$27,690
Uber Rider App Only812 Hrs$20,300$26,390
Uber Rider Back-end Only1,028 Hrs$25,700$33,410
Hourly Rate: $50.00 - Offshore team with onsite Account Manager
Uber Rider App + Back-end1,840 Hrs$92,000$119,600
Uber Rider MVP + Back-end852 Hrs$42,600$55,380
Uber Rider App Only812 Hrs$40,600$52,780
Uber Rider Back-end Only1,028 Hrs$51,400$66,820
Hourly Rate: $100.00 - Onsite / Nearshore team
Uber Rider App + Back-end1,840 Hrs$184,000$239,200
Uber Rider MVP + Back-end852 Hrs$85,200$110,760
Uber Rider App Only812 Hrs$81,200$105,560
Uber Rider Back-end Only1,028 Hrs$102,800$133,640

INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS
These infrastructure cost estimates are for 25,000 registered users:

HeadSpecsCost
Amazon Web Services Hosting (AWS)2 t2.large instances reserved with full payment, Amazon Dynamo and Elastic Load Balancer$3,000 per year
Stripe Payment ProcessingPayment API for receiving payments2.9% + 30¢ per transaction
Carnival.ioUser engagement with push notifications$250 per month (estimated)