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