Apple incorporates Turkish-made game

Apple incorporates Turkish-made game

ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency
Apple incorporates Turkish-made game

Game developer Özgür Öztürk holds up his ‘Birdzy’ game made for Apple’s Iphone label. Öztürk says they worked three months to develop the game’s concept.

The world’s largest technology giant, Apple, has opened its arms to another Turkish-made game, “Birdzy.”

Özgür Öztürk, the game developer, told Anatolia news agency he was thrilled that the Apple store had included “100 percent Turkish-conceptualized and developed” software for a game to be played on its iPhone label.

Öztürk said they had worked three months to conceptualize the game and then began writing the software. The cost of producing such a game is roughly between 5,000 to 10,000 Turkish Liras, but the cost changes depending on the size of the equipment and does not include advertisement or marketing expenses.

Turkish game developers are at a disadvantage when competing against professional designers, graphic designers and sound experts, which usually consist of a team of 50 to 60 people in professional studios. Turkish game developers usually work alone with limited resources, according to Öztürk.

 “Our biggest problem is support. You have an idea, but you have to be able to make it a reality. In our country it is hard to find people who believe in what you are doing. It is often harder to try to convince people to support your idea than to actually develop the software,” he said, adding that there are very few backers in Turkey who will listen to a 15-minute presentation and then take out their checkbook to back the project.