Dev Diary: Growtopia thoughts

What I’ve been up to

Working on Growtopia mostly.  Despite Growtopia being nearly two years old now it has just had its most profitable month!

Some stats:

Total user accounts: 5.6 million
Total worlds created: 95 million
Daily unique users: 337,000
Daily hours played: 550,000
Daily peak concurrent users: ~40,000

Sadly, that’s pretty much all I’ve been up to

As a self employed developer I’ve learned that when something does well, you focus on it and ride the money train while you can because it won’t last. You bank the extra to tide you over when things get slow.  Success dictates where you spend time because you’d be a big idiot not to.  Something like that.

This is why I worked on Legend Of The Dragon (off and on) for seven years.  As the BBS era came to a close, so did my updates.

Maintaining Growtopia is now less about programming/creating for me and more about isolating problems, fixing bugs, monitoring servers, answering the hardest support questions, scanning logs, putting out fires, figuring out why we’re having dropped packets, which incidentally, we are currently having an issue with.  Maybe a bad router, man I hate when it’s hardware.

Can I do this and still have the “emotional energy” to make something new (part time)?  To actually program again?  Hmm.

8 thoughts on “Dev Diary: Growtopia thoughts

  1. SecretPerson34

    Dear ubisoft made the game really bad, my only dream is to see your social state again in the game

  2. Kassava

    I’ve been playing growtopia since 2015, it’s been a big part of my life, through this game I’ve met so many awesome people !!! Thank you Seth and Hamumu :) I’m currently doing a school presentation project and I chose growtopia as my topic haha xD I guess that’s what led me to this comment section.

  3. LaZunzun

    Had a lot of fun with your game for nearly 8 years, its been part of my childhood and i was really amazed by how much this game had to offer, id like to thank you and Hammumu for making such an incredible game, but as everything has a beginning, it has an ending, i still remember how bad i wanted to be a moderator for this game since scamming was so bad when the game got so popular, i remember i made a lot of friends, and after 3 years of playing, i stopped for 2, came back and saw my friend list completly offline, people are still nice since once i made space for new friends on my list i got around 40 or 50 within a week, i really enjoyed every last of gameplay of this game, won’t forget how much happiness it bringed me, i still wish i could see you and Hammumu going around and playing Dr.Destructo or making chaos in form of fun events in worlds with a lot of people, thank you for all those good moments. Hope you read this someday, since it meant so much for me. Thank you.

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