September Update – New SDKs Live!

FGL is pleased to announce that Enhance™ has been updated to support the following SDKs:

 

Millennial Media – A leading independent mobile marketplace, making mobile simple for the world’s top brands, app developers & publishers

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The Millennial Media SDK is now available for Android users with Enhance

 

OneSignal – OneSignal is a free high volume & cross platform push notification service

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The OneSignal SDK is available to Android users with Enhance

 

Survata – Survata sells Brand Intelligence to the world’s leading brands. Their technology-driven solutions include Ad, Market, & Customer Research

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Enhance™-users on Android can now implement Survata services

Ogury – Ogury is a mobile data platform that provides a comprehensive view of mobile user behavior globally

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Android users can now implement Ogury faster than ever with Enhance

Yandex Analytics – Yandex is a technology company that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning

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Their analytics services are now available to iOS and Android users via Enhance

AerServ – AerServ provides mobile ad management technology designed specifically to help mobile publishers and app developers maximize the value of their inventory.

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AerServ Direct is now available for Android users via Enhance

 

Airpush – Airpush is one of the largest ad networks for Android and focuses on performance for developers and advertisers.

Integrate Airpush on Android easier with Enhance™ today

 

Fyber – Unlock your app’s full revenue potential with the Fyber SDK

Enhance™ has added non-mediated ad support for Android users

 

Facebook Rewarded Ads – The popular Facebook SDK is now available via Enhance

The fastest way to integrate the Facebook SDK is with Enhance

 

Mixpanel – Follow the digital footprint of every user across their mobile devices. Know precisely what happens inside your product and pull up the numbers you need at a moment’s notice.

Enhance™ users now have access to Mixpanel on iOS

Try out these SDKs and more for free with little-to-no coding required at enhance.fgl.com

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Enhance Expands Platform Support

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Enhance is proud to announce new support for several popular app creation platforms: Construct 2, Cordova and Stencyl!

 

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Construct 2 is a powerful, ground-breaking HTML5 game creator designed specifically for 2D games. It allows anyone to build games — no coding required!  Naturally, Enhance pairs well with games made in Construct 2 as a solution to implement useful services and SDKs with no coding required.  Learn more about Construct 2 at www.scirra.com/construct2

 

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Cordova wraps your HTML/JavaScript app into a native container which can access the device functions of several platforms. These functions are exposed via a unified JavaScript API, allowing you to easily write one set of code to target nearly every phone or tablet on the market today and publish to their app stores.  You can learn more about Cordova at cordova.apache.org

 

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Stencyl is the quickest and easiest way to make games for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Mac and Web.   Stencyl can take care of the essentials, so you can focus on what’s important – making your game yours.  For more details, visit www.stencyl.com

 

Enhance is excited to now support these fantastic platforms.  We’ve updated the Enhance connectors and documentation for these and many more services, available for viewing at enhance.fgl.com/documentation

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August Enhance Update

FGL is pleased to announce that Enhance™ has been updated to support the following SDKs:

 

Heyzap – Heyzap is mobile advertising done right. Mobile advertising, mediation, cross-promotion, segmentation, and more!

Heyzap Mediation for iOS and Android users, now via Enhance

Facebook SDK – Android rewarded, interstitial, and banner ads, along with analytics for your app or game

Integrate the Facebook SDK easier with Enhance™ today

 

Try out these SDKs and more for free with little-to-no coding required at enhance.fgl.com

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Enhance announces Defold support

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Defold, the popular free game engine for independent developers and teams, is now supported with the power of Enhance.

Designed for fast, efficient and collaborative game creation featuring minimal setup and easy deployment, Defold is a natural fit for Enhance’s approach to solving technical issues, streamlining the game development process and letting developers focus on just making games.

Enhance gives Defold users access to a full library of SDKs, eliminating the need to wait for the native extensions to be built for each service that you want to use.

Using our simple Defold extension, you can implement any SDK that we support by just checking a box. Just insert the very simple extension into your project and any current and future SDKs or updates can be implemented in a few clicks.

We currently have support for advertising, analytics, mediation, attribution, and other SDK types – Find a full list here: https://enhance.fgl.com/documentation/supported-services

Download the Defold extension at: http://sites.mpstatic.com/enhance/drag-and-drop-library/enhance-defold.zip

Once you have the extension in your game, follow the instructions at enhance.fgl.com to select the SDKs that you’d like to implement.

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June Enhance Updates

FGL is pleased to announce that Enhance™ has been updated to support the following SDKs:

MoPub – MoPub powers the leading monetization platform for mobile apps & provides access to high quality mobile audiences at maximum scale for DSPs

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MoPub is now available for Enhance™ users on Android

 

Pokkt – POKKT is a mobile advertising & monetization platform offering key revenue insights and high fill rates

pokktImplementing the Pokkt SDK has never been easier, now via Enhance™ on Android

 

TheoremReach – Engage your users in ways you never thought possible with TheoremReach and the power of serving on-demand surveys to your audience

 

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TheoremReach is available to iOS and Android users with Enhance

Additional Enhance™ support has also been added for the following SDKs:

  • Tapdaq SDK updated to v5.2.1 for Android users
  • Heyzap SDK updated to v9.11.3
  • Mixpanel SDK updated to v3.1.6 on iOS
  • Flurry SDK updated to v8.1.0
  • AppsFlyer SDK updated to v4.7.11 for iOS users
  • InMobi SDK on Android updated to v6.2.2
  • InLocoMedia SDK updated to v3.0.5
  • AdscendMedia SDK updated to v2.2.2 on iOS
  • Aerserv SDK updated to v2.39.5
  • Vungle SDK for Android updated v4.1.0
  • TapResearch SDK updated to v1.3.2
  • Facebook SDK, AudienceNetwork SDK updated to v4.23.0 (Android and iOS)
  • AppNext SDK updated to v2.0.2.459
  • AppLovin SDK updated to v7.2.0
  • MixPanel SDK updated to v5.1.1 on Android
  • OfferToro SDK updated to v3.0.9
  • StartApp SDK updated to v3.6.2
  • TapJoy SDK updated to v11.102
  • Yandex analytics SDK updated to v2.8.0
  • GameAnalytics SDK for Android updated to v3.5.0
  • IronSource SDK updated to v6.6.1
  • Vidcoin SDK updated to v1.3.3
  • OpenBack SDK updated to v2.0.7

Try out these SDKs and more for free with little-to-no coding required at enhance.fgl.com

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May Enhance Updates

FGL is pleased to announce that Enhance™ has been updated to support the following SDKs:

AppNext – Appnext is a leading mobile discovery platform, helping millions of users experience apps at the right moments throughout the day.

AppNext delivers a better, more efficient way to experience smart devices, helping monetize and shape the future of mobile. Now available via Enhance™ on iOS and Android

AerServ – AerServ is a powerful monetization solution for mobile publishers.

AerServ’s mediation platform is a fresh take on a tried and true service: bringing you the highest yielding ad formats, the best ad sources, and innovative technology that ensures you minimize wasted impressions. Enhance™ users now have access to AerServ Ads and Mediation for Android

 

 

Additional Enhance™ support has also been added for the following SDKs:

  • Appsflyer SDK updated to v4.7.6. Analytics and Attribution now available via Enhance™ to iOS and Android users
  • Mixpanel SDK updated to v3.1.4, supporting Analytics and Attribution for iOS and Android
  • InLocoMedia SDK updated to v3.0.7
  • Facebook SDK updated to v4.22.1
  • HyprMediate SDK updated to v2.2
  • OneSignal SDK updated to v3.5.6
  • TapDaq SDK updated to v5.1.0
  • Phunware SDK updated to v2.4.2 on Android and v3.6.2 on iOS
  • Youappi SDK updated to v2.0.1
  • GameAnalytics SDK updated to v.3.4.18
  • Flurry SDK updated to v8.0.2
  • Heyzap SDK updated to v.9.10.1 for both iOS and Android
  • Chartboost SDK updated to v.6.6.3
  • Adscend Media SDK updated to v.2.2.1
  • MoEngage SDK updated to v7.7.01
  • Tenjin SDK updated to v1.7.4
  • IronSource / Supersonic SDK updated to v6.6.0
  • Amplitude SDK updated to v2.13.4
  • BugSnag SDK updated to v3.9.0
  • Adjust SDK updated to v4.11.4

Try out these SDKs and more for free with little-to-no coding required at enhance.fgl.com

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April Enhance Updates

FGL is pleased to announce that Enhance™ has been updated to support the following SDKs:

Unity – Monetize your entire player base and reach new audiences with interstitial video ads. Unity Ads is designed to become a natural part of your game that actually enhances your players’ experience. Clients such as Next Games, Halfbrick, and SEGA are already tapping into the power of Unity Ads to monetize their entire player base with rewarded video ads.

Unity is one of the most trusted companies in gaming with staying power backed by a network of over 1B gamers across the globe. Interstitial Ads now available via Enhance™ on iOS and Android

 

Mixpanel – Follow the digital footprint of every user across their mobile devices. Know precisely what happens inside your product and pull up the numbers you need at a moment’s notice.

Enhance™ users now have access to Mixpanel Analytics on Android

Adscend – Adscend Media creates rewards-based ads for apps and websites. Adscend Media’s monetization solutions reward your users — boosting engagement, increasing retention, and helping you generate up to 10x higher eCPMs

Adscend rewarded ads and offerwall are now available via Enhance

 

Leadbolt – Powered by direct relationships with premium partners and advanced ad-serving technology, Leadbolt delivers High LTV users and top Retention Rates, at scale.  Get matched with premium advertisers with their Direct Deals Marketplace to quickly and efficiently maximize your app returns.

 

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Enhance™ now supports Leadbolt interstitial, rewarded and banner ads

Additional Enhance™ support has also been added for the following SDKs:

  • Aerserve SDK added v2.40.4. Interstitial, rewarded and banner ads now available via Enhance
  • RhythmOne SDK added v6.4.0, supporting interstitial, rewarded and banner ads
  • YouAppi SDK added (v1.0.0.24).  Rewarded and Interstitial ads now available
  • Survata SDK updated to v1.0.19
  • MoEngage SDK updated to v3.3.1
  • Apptentive SDK updated to v3.5.0
  • InMobi SDK updated to v6.2.0
  • Adcolony SDK updated to v3.1.2
  • Localytics SDK updated to v4.3.1
  • Facebook SDK, FB Audience Network SDK updated to v4.21.1
  • MAAS/Phunware core SDK updated to v3.0.4
  • Heyzap SDK updated to v9.9.1
  • Supersonic/IronSource SDK updated to v6.5.2
  • Chartboost updated to v6.6.3
  • GameAnalytics SDK updated to v3.4.17
  • AppLovin SDK updated to Proguard-fixed v7.0.0 version
  • StartApp SDK updated to v3.5.7
  • IronSource SDK updated to v6.5.2.1 and all mediation adapters to v3.0.3
  • Fyber SDK updated to v8.11.0
  • Adjust analytics SDK updated to v4.11.3

Try out these SDKs and more for free with little-to-no coding required at enhance.fgl.com

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Mobile Success Spotlight – Vector Unit

FGL Community Spotlight – Vector Unit 

The Community Spotlight returns this week to highlight a recent release from a mobile developer in the FGL community.

We sat down with superstar mobile developers Vector Unit and asked them about their new game “MouseBot
 

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FGL: Welcome to the Spotlight! Tell us a little about yourself and your mobile game development experience

Vector Unit:  My name is Ralf Knoesel, CTO and founder of Vector Unit Inc.  Our first mobile game was Riptide GP, which was designed to showcase the tablet/phone graphics capabilities of the time (2011).  We’ve since released the sequels Riptide GP2 (2013) and Riptide GP: Renegade (2016), which have been successful as premium titles on both iOS and Google Play.

Our first attempt at a free-to-play game was Beach Buggy Blitz (2012), which is an endless-runner style driving game.  This game has seen over 50M installs to date and taught is a lot about the nature of fee-to-play and video advertising.  Building on its success, we published Beach Buggy Racing (2014), which is a Kart racing game with fun weapons and power-ups.  By now this game has also reached the 50M downloads mark.
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FGL: Very impressive!  We were excited to hear you had a new project launching soon. What can you tell us about it?

VU: The game we’ve been working on is MouseBot, which has just launched.  MouseBot is a cartoon-inspired platforming game that will test your reflexes, skills, timing, and love of cheese!  You drive a robotic mouse through mazes of fantastical mechanical mouse traps created by the cat scientists of CatLab.
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FGL: You’ve utilized Enhance with several of your recent titles. How has Enhance helped your game development process?
 

VU:  I was excited to learn about the Enhance platform last year.  In the past we’ve spent lots of time integrating and updating various advertising SDKs.  The idea that this could be automated to the point of simply uploading a package file was a radical improvement to our workflow.

We since updated Beach Buggy Racing to use Enhance, where we proved out the benefit because we were able to switch to all the latest SDKs by only having to integrate the straight-forward Enhance SDK.  Any future updates are zero work!  We’re also excited to use Enhance on MouseBot, which allows us to spend more time creating a fun game instead of integrating SDKs.

 

FGL: What advice can you give for fellow mobile developers seeking that next level of success for their games?

VU: There’s lots of good advice out there (GDC, Gamasutra, etc) based on lessons learned for mobile developers who are just getting started.  One insight that you don’t read about too much but has helped make us successful is to publish your game to multiple platforms/channels.  Don’t limit yourself to just iOS or Google Play, do both!

Once you have some traction, explore more markets.  Find a publisher in China.  If applicable, publish your game to consoles (Xb1/Ps4/Switch).  Do a Windows Store version.  Make a Steam build.  Publish to Kindle.  Each one of these may be incremental, but at the end of the day they add up.

FGL:  Sounds good! How can your fans follow you and learn about your new projects?

VU:  Our official website is vectorunit.com.  Other good sources of information are Facebook and Twitter.  We also have a YouTube channel.

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I’d like to thank Vector Unit for answering our questions and sharing these stories with us. You can download “MouseBot” now on iOS and Android devices. If you have any questions for Vector Unit, follow them on Twitter, Facebook or post in the comments below! If you know someone who would be a good candidate for the Community Spotlight, comment below or send us an email at info@fgl.com.

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March Enhance Tech Update

FGL is pleased to announce that Enhance™ has been updated to support the following SDKs:

AdColony -You can now use Enhance™ to monetize your mobile game with one of the leading mobile video ad networks made for developers by developers. Maximize monetization with premium eCPMs, high fill rates, and Fortune 500 advertisers by joining the highest quality in-app mobile video ad network: AdColony.

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Enhance™- users now have additional access to AdColony reward ads on iOS and Android

 

Chartboost – Chartboost is the leading marketplace for you to maximize revenue and acquire new players.  With Enhance™, you now have access to Chartboost’s interstitial and rewarded ads with no SDK required.

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Zero Code™ options are available now for select Chartboost ads on iOS and Android

 

HyprMediate – HyprMediate is Mediation Simplified.  Get Fortune 500 brands, Elegant design, Transparent optimizations and All major video ad networks with HyprMediate.

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Enhance™ your app for access to both HyprMediate and HyprMX ads and mediation on iOS and Android today

 

Additional Enhance™ support has also been added for the following SDKs:

  • LoopMe SDK updated to v5.1.2, supporting interstitial, banner, and rewarded ads on Android and iOS
  • AdMob rewarded video ads support added (in addition to interstitial, banner and mediation capabilities)
  • OfferToro SDK now supported for Android users
  • Tenjin SDK now updated to v1.7.2 and available via Enhance™ Zero Code (Attribution/Analytics)
  • InMobi SDK updated to v6.1.2, supporting interstitial and rewarded ads on iOS and Android
  • Appsflyer SDK updated to v4.7.3, supporting Android and iOS users with the Appsflyer Attribution/Analytics package via Zero Code
  • Facebook interstitial SDK updated to v4.20.2, adding iOS support (Android currently also supported)
  • Phunware SDK updated to v3.6.0, now supporting iOS and Android Enhance™-users
  • Fyber SDK updated to v8.10.0 for Android users
  • Appodeal SDK updated to v1.3.9 for Android users
  • Kochava SDK updated to v2017.03.05 (Analytics/Attribution service for Android)
  • Flurry SDK updated to v6.9.2
  • RevMob SDK updated to v9.2.4 for iOS users (Android also available)
  • FlyMob SDK updated to v2.1.2, providing interstitial, rewarded ads and mediation for Android

 

Try out these SDKs and more for free with little-to-no coding required at enhance.fgl.com

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Mobile Success Spotlight – Handless Millionaire developer Vasiliy Kostin

FGL Community Spotlight – 

“Handless Millionaire” 

The Community Spotlight returns to highlight a recent release from a mobile developer in the FGL community.

We asked Vasiliy Kostin about his smash hit mobile game “Handless Millionaire” and got his thoughts on modern game development.

(This interview has been translated from Russian)

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FGL: Welcome to the Spotlight! Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started with game development

VK: I started making games a long time ago but it was always only a hobby. My first big game was ‘Pick and Dig’ (in Russian i named it ‘Kirkop’)’. In total, I made eight versions of this game for different platforms. Two of them were published on CD in Russia; I even bought both in a store in my small city! This game was a big part of my life, and my friends even nicknamed me “Kirkop”.

I also made “Normal Tanks” (a 2d game with normal mapped lighting and shadows).  The first time i published it by myself and sold licenses via SMS, but some months ago, after huge improvements, its was finally published on Steam as ‘Iron Impact‘.

For android I made some not-bad titles (and some bad too!); the most successful of them are the series “Pinata Hunter” (with my friend Marcus Hadlock), “Galaxy Siege”, “Flash’s Bounty” and, of course my most popular game “Handless Millionaire“. In all my games i used my own game-editor; it’s helped me through different times, languages, and platforms. First version was on Delphi(Pascal), then 3 versions on c++ (borland, MSVS, Qt) with intervan in 1-2 years, and latest and most powerful is the game-editor I made on flash. And all this time I had never treated mobile games as something serious, and was wrong as its turns out!

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FGL: ‘Handless Millionaire’ now has millions of installs and the franchise has a loyal following. What can you tell us about developing it?

VK: HM is simplest game I ever made, and most successful too. As i remember, I spent less time on it than I spent to make any of my other games. About 2-3 weeks. At first, I thought of making a platformer game about small round creature out of fur, with a long flexible tail. You have to pass levels as you do in other platformers and care about your tail.

The main feature was cutting off tail by bad guillotines and boxes when you do something wrong. Later I simplified this idea, mixed it with the ‘Millionaire’ TV show and it took shape into what you see now. I never thought about the genre of HM; maybe it is ‘limbcutter’ or ‘guillotiner’!

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FGL: What game developer services do you use in your games? 

VK: I started working with FGL about 6 years ago when flash games were at their peak. Its was best game development experience I ever had. When you make a lot of small games you grow your skills very fast. You don’t stay stuck on one thing; you look and try new things with each new project, which change before you get sick of them.

At first, Handless Millionaire was a flash game for web-browser only, but I ported to mobile because you could do it in a few clicks. On android, HM1 was released 3 years ago and at start had a few daily installs. With time it grew, and now it gets about 10k installs daily. Without any promotion.

I decided to try Enhance because I was having problems with managing the adMob account, and there were also issues with the approve code Google was sending.  I just know, that now it is great. Enhance helped me fix all the problems with my account approval and the mess you can get when working with big lazy ad networks. Also, it helped to forget about pain of using SDKs and updates to Extensions which can force you to hate doing game development at all, as its was with me sometimes.

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FGL: Do you have any advice for other mobile developers?

VK: Of course my words can’t be the universal recipe for everybody, and there many people who will argue with me and some one will start kick me, but all my game development experience taught me one simple thing:

Don’t make big projects, even if you have enough powers and skills. Make a lot of simple, small and maybe pure ridiculous games. Between them you will find the true project of your life, which will contain something that we can’t describe, that makes that game “grow-able” and worthy to spend your time and soul to make. It’s the only way to not be disappointed. All big projects are always not first project of their authors. It’s always long journey of forgotten games and trial-and-error.

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But, if you have your great project already, which you can launch on a mobile device, forget everything I said and go to the guys from FGL. That’s my best advice on game development for now!

FGL: How can your fans follow you and learn about your new projects? What are you working on next?

VK: Maybe I never have enough attention to represent myself, but there’s no one place where you can find everything about my games or about me. In last year, I seriously researched HTML because I feel that it will be the future of WEB.

My latest experiment with HTML is roguelike game Pixel-Cave (you can say what you think about this game here). Its actually my first game without any sounds or music, and now I appreciate how important sound is for games. I have enough knowledge about WEB to make my game-editor in HTML, and soon games should be more polished. 🙂 I am also making a simple multiplayer realtime strategy game, but it is too raw to show it now.

Finally, you can see some short and rare videos on my YouTube channel.  Who knows, maybe one day I’ll find time to collect videos about all my games and their history there.

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I’d like to thank Vasiliy for answering our questions and sharing these stories with us. You can download “Handless Millionaire 2” now HERE. If you have any other questions post in the comments below! If you know someone who would be a good candidate for the Community Spotlight, comment below or send us an email at info@fgl.com.

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