Self-taught coder takes $660K in one month with iPhone game

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 14 February 2009 11:00 GMT


Ethan Nicholas, a bedroom coder who created an iPhone game called iShoot, has raked in more than $600,000 in one month from Apples App Store.

Shoot’s a tank artillery game, and was launched in January. The title earned Nicholas $37,000 in its first day.

“I’m not going to be a millionaire in the next month, but I’d be shocked if it didn’t happen at the end of the year,” he said in a phone interview with Wired.

“If it weren’t for taxes I would be a millionaire right now.”

Nicholas is an engineer at Sun Microsystems, and after pulling an eight hour-shift he would come home and work on iShoot another eight hours. The self-taught coder held his one year-old son in one hand and coded with the other until the game was finished.

iShoot has been the number one iPhone app for 26 days straight.

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