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Happy 7th Birthday BATTLE BEARS

SkyVu_BenSkyVu_Ben CEO Posts: 229 SkyVu Employee
Seven years ago, we pressed SUBMIT on iTunes Connect and made our first game live on the App Store. It was just called BATTLE BEARS (I made sure it was all CAPS) and we priced it at $0.99. We grew out of my Dad's basement and my step-mom wasn't too crazy about us recording voice tracks in her living room upstairs, so we rented another house and was busy moving all of our stuff that the launch of BATTLE BEARS wasn't our top priority. It wasn't until September 1, 2009 when the first App Store reviews started coming in and they were all glowing 5-star reviews. I remember getting a giant bear hug from MKingery that day. We didn't even know how many downloads we got, we were just happy that SOMEBODY out there liked this little arcade shooter game we made.

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Looking back, we're so thankful for those first players that gave our game a try and propelled it to #2 on the App Store only a few days after it debuted. I still think that if it wasn't for the start of football season and the Madden NFL app getting featured, that BATTLE BEARS would've reached #1 on the charts. Regardless, I'm thankful for the SkyVu team that made that game possible: Michael Kingery, Chris Frechette, John Sliffe, Cory Cerone, Leah Smith, Tony Ferguson, Brian Bell, cousin An Vu and Markus Hofer (BLACKISH) over in Denmark. And I would not have been able to hire that team without the support of eight Nebraska Angels who I call 'The Great Eight' led by Karen & James Linder. All incredible people that made the first game a reality.

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Sometimes I wonder if we just stuck with a stationary arcade shooter and just kept adding more campaigns. But then we would never have made BATTLE BEARS -1 and without the success of BB-1, we wouldn't have been able to make BATTLE BEARS ROYALE (BBR) which evolved into BATTLE BEARS GOLD (BBG). Maybe one day we'll make an anniversary edition of BATTLE BEARS ZOMBIES, maybe we'll launch it August 31, 2019 when BATTLE BEARS is 10 years old. Imagine that :smile:

I'm sure many of you are wondering what we're working on and where we've been. We're working on something but I can't reveal anything at the moment. I can say that the mobile games industry continues to get more crowded and that makes it tough for smaller teams like ours to compete with games with much larger marketing budgets and teams. So we're evaluating the road ahead carefully and reading all of your awesome suggestions.

Thanks for your support BB forum members.

@SkyVu_Ben





Comments

  • InstableGriffInstableGriff Member, Moderator, MVP, SkyVu Beta Tester Posts: 1,331 Sergeant
    edited September 2016
    Oh wow, I didn't even remember the original game's birthday until now, I feel foolish for completely forgetting considering the impact this series has made on my life. Despite all the ups, downs, and all-arounds, I still play these games to this day on my devices because they're still loads of fun to me; I honestly, and I'm saying this out of my absolute, complete honesty, do not know what I would be playing on my mobile devices if my older brother didn't start laughing at the first game's comedic nature all the way back in 2009.

    Thank you so much for bringing these games to us, I'm always looking forward to what you have in store for the future! Happy anniversary!
  • InstableGriffInstableGriff Member, Moderator, MVP, SkyVu Beta Tester Posts: 1,331 Sergeant
    Hm... this is making me lament the fact that we didn't do something to celebrate this occasion. I feel bad about being shocked by this birthday's surprise appearance instead of having the knowledge beforehand to plan a surprise of our own.

    This will definitely get me thinking...
  • SleepylilReapySleepylilReapy Member, Moderator, MVP Posts: 3,806 Underlord 2016
    Awesome! Happy Birthday, Battle Bears! =D


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  • smtonysmtony Member Posts: 492 Recruit
    Happy birthday, Battle bears!
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    Now on to the story...
  • PiratePirate Member, MVP Posts: 29,584 Fabled
    Seven years already??? Woah... time surely does fly! And to think I discovered this game by accident... who knew I would end up enjoying it so much?

    Happy Birhtday, Battle Bears!
  • SSP_RismSSP_Rism Member Posts: 1,995 Underlord 2016
    @SkyVu_Ben good to know something is in the making :) and happy b-day
    SSS
  • thecheeseloverthecheeselover Member Posts: 3,320 Noble
    Happy birthday,battlebears :)
  • MR329MR329 Member Posts: 60 Recruit
    Wow, it's already been 7 years. Happy Birthday, BattleBears
  • ChickenwithBBQChickenwithBBQ Member, SkyVu Beta Tester Posts: 2,610 Noble
    it seems that Battle Bears if of age to be in a nursery home, although it already was for a while now
  • Ultimate_BearUltimate_Bear Member Posts: 992 Underlord 2016
    Ok I feel bad. I didn't realize at all it was Battle Bear's birthday, and for that I'm sorry.


    But hey better late than never.
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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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  • eXTCyeXTCy Member, MVP, SkyVu Beta Tester Posts: 5,465 Underlord 2016
    Congrats on seven years.



    2009 was SEVEN years ago!?!?!?!??!?!!

    WUT
  • Soo__heySoo__hey Member Posts: 332 Underlord 2016
    Will it last another year?

    SSS
  • terminaterterminater Member Posts: 248 Recruit
    Happy birthday Oliver,Riggs,Wil,Graham *gasps for air* Astoria,ABBI,Sanchez,Boc *phantes*
  • smtonysmtony Member Posts: 492 Recruit
    I want to live stream BB -1 but the app freezes
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  • NYCONYCO Member Posts: 1,042 Sergeant
    I feel bad on not knowing it was it's aniversery.

    But happy aniversery SkyVu!
    Your games really changed my gaming life and introducing a great community.

    Maybe I'll play some extra battlebears now.
    "Lupin III is fabulous!" [Not.Your.Common.Opponent.] 2/25/16
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  • Wilpower784Wilpower784 Member, Moderator, MVP, SkyVu Beta Tester Posts: 5,241 Fabled
    Well, even with the company's ups and downs. I have enjoyed the ride you've given and me and look forward to the ride to come. It's funny how every single time I feel like we're getting nowhere, someone like you always comes and makes me feel like nothing's changed. Today's actually my birthday and you giving me the news and confidence in the future of Battle Bears is a gift that I appreciate more than you know.

    Stay awesome,SkyVu.
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  • CaststarmanCaststarman Member, Moderator, Assistant Administrator, SkyVu Beta Tester Posts: 11,969 Overlord
    Been playing since 2009, been here for well past half the time since BATTLE BEARS (I'M HOLDING SHIFT!) came out.

    Nearly half of my life has been with the Battle Bears franchise and I still keep my Huggable by my desk :)

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  • BanzichanBanzichan Member Posts: 1,747 Lieutenant
    I'm a day late but congrats SkyVu! I have never realized that it's been almost 4 years since I started playing Battle Bears. Keep up the work!
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  • MR329MR329 Member Posts: 60 Recruit
    SkyVu_Ben wrote: »

    I'm sure many of you are wondering what we're working on and where we've been. We're working on something but I can't reveal anything at the moment. I can say that the mobile games industry continues to get more crowded and that makes it tough for smaller teams like ours to compete with games with much larger marketing budgets and teams. So we're evaluating the road ahead carefully and reading all of your awesome suggestions.
    I bet it's BBF
  • smtonysmtony Member Posts: 492 Recruit
    ...
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  • terminaterterminater Member Posts: 248 Recruit
    MR329 wrote: »
    SkyVu_Ben wrote: »

    I'm sure many of you are wondering what we're working on and where we've been. We're working on something but I can't reveal anything at the moment. I can say that the mobile games industry continues to get more crowded and that makes it tough for smaller teams like ours to compete with games with much larger marketing budgets and teams. So we're evaluating the road ahead carefully and reading all of your awesome suggestions.
    I bet it's BBF

    *term puts hands together* please please please
  • Wilpower784Wilpower784 Member, Moderator, MVP, SkyVu Beta Tester Posts: 5,241 Fabled
    terminater wrote: »
    MR329 wrote: »
    SkyVu_Ben wrote: »

    I'm sure many of you are wondering what we're working on and where we've been. We're working on something but I can't reveal anything at the moment. I can say that the mobile games industry continues to get more crowded and that makes it tough for smaller teams like ours to compete with games with much larger marketing budgets and teams. So we're evaluating the road ahead carefully and reading all of your awesome suggestions.
    I bet it's BBF

    *term puts hands together* please please please

    Don't kill me, but I actually didn't like BBF.
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  • KiraKira Member Posts: 84 Recruit
    Happy Birthday Battle bears \(*^*)/
  • SSP_RismSSP_Rism Member Posts: 1,995 Underlord 2016
    terminater wrote: »
    MR329 wrote: »
    SkyVu_Ben wrote: »

    I'm sure many of you are wondering what we're working on and where we've been. We're working on something but I can't reveal anything at the moment. I can say that the mobile games industry continues to get more crowded and that makes it tough for smaller teams like ours to compete with games with much larger marketing budgets and teams. So we're evaluating the road ahead carefully and reading all of your awesome suggestions.
    I bet it's BBF

    *term puts hands together* please please please

    Don't kill me, but I actually didn't like BBF.

    Neither did i but now i get the feeling of disapointment since i never finished it
    SSS
  • AdixionAdixion Member Posts: 349 Recruit
    SkyVu_Ben wrote: »

    I'm sure many of you are wondering what we're working on and where we've been. We're working on something but I can't reveal anything at the moment. I can say that the mobile games industry continues to get more crowded and that makes it tough for smaller teams like ours to compete with games with much larger marketing budgets and teams. So we're evaluating the road ahead carefully and reading all of your awesome suggestions.

    You brought back my hope for BB, all I wanted was to know whether you're working on it or you guys died.
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  • Deathrow314Deathrow314 Member Posts: 106 Recruit
    Happy Birthday Battle Bears. :smile:
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  • BlueHeroBlueHero Member Posts: 121 Recruit
    Happy Birthday Battle Bears.
  • terminaterterminater Member Posts: 248 Recruit
    terminater wrote: »
    MR329 wrote: »
    SkyVu_Ben wrote: »

    I'm sure many of you are wondering what we're working on and where we've been. We're working on something but I can't reveal anything at the moment. I can say that the mobile games industry continues to get more crowded and that makes it tough for smaller teams like ours to compete with games with much larger marketing budgets and teams. So we're evaluating the road ahead carefully and reading all of your awesome suggestions.
    I bet it's BBF

    *term puts hands together* please please please

    Don't kill me, but I actually didn't like BBF.
    I get its of peaple didnt but I did
  • terminaterterminater Member Posts: 248 Recruit
    Skyalis wrote: »
    SkyVu_Ben wrote: »

    I'm sure many of you are wondering what we're working on and where we've been. We're working on something but I can't reveal anything at the moment. I can say that the mobile games industry continues to get more crowded and that makes it tough for smaller teams like ours to compete with games with much larger marketing budgets and teams. So we're evaluating the road ahead carefully and reading all of your awesome suggestions.

    You brought back my hope for BB, all I wanted was to know whether you're working on it or you guys died.

    Same
  • OYSTEROYSTER Member Posts: 229 Recruit
    you forgot to mention BBU.. :s

    but congrats though, seriously!
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  • smtonysmtony Member Posts: 492 Recruit
    OYSTER wrote: »
    you forgot to mention BBU.. :s

    but congrats though, seriously!

    Wait what happened?
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  • ULTIMATEBEARBEAST1ULTIMATEBEARBEAST1 Member Posts: 237 Recruit
    Happy 7th birthday BattleBears!!! And sorry for being really late. I had to rush.
  • Hug_of_WarHug_of_War Member Posts: 1,269 Sergeant
    Oh man, I'm late. Happy Birthday Battlebears! If it wasn't for my old friend that introduced me to BBR on my old iPod Touch, I probably wouldn't be here right now but I'm glad I am.

    Stay Frosty ~ Oliver
  • BwearpoeBwearpoe Member Posts: 167 Recruit
    Happy Birthday BB!
    Thanks for all the joys you gave me in the past and for the future.
  • WingedDragonWingedDragon Member Posts: 696 Corporal
    Ah, no. I am late, very, very late.
    You're a great person and I enjoy your game.
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  • Auric_BearAuric_Bear Member Posts: 283 Recruit
    This game is amazing but I am kinda sad it didnt grow as much as it should have. not many people know about SkyVu and it is a real shame.
  • StarcStarc Member Posts: 1,040 Sergeant
    Happy Late birthday BATTLE BEARS! (Sorry I know I'm totally late!)
    If you want to join BearRaiders. PM @Starc
    Starc's kik: .starc

    Before joining BR clan, please read the guidelines:
    http://battlebears.vanillaforums.com/discussion/46442/br-bear-raiders-bbo-and-bbg-recruiting/p1

    "If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects." -Albert Einstein
  • _Lachy__Lachy_ Member Posts: 2,280 War Hero
    Starc wrote: »
    Happy Late birthday BATTLE BEARS! (Sorry I know I'm totally late!)
    Ah, the fine art of post boosting.

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