I am sad to announce that we will no longer be offering the free versions of MineChat. There are many reasons for this, but I will discuss just a few.
Working on MineChat and mobile apps in general is not my full time job.
I did this for fun to begin with and did is as a challenge to see if I could make it work. So four years ago I launched the app and it was a raving success (you can read more about it in this blog post http://www.minechatapp.com/uncategorized/how-minechat-was-born/ ). Over the years it has been a roller coaster ride of daily users, we have had over 1 million downloads across all platforms. But today we just do not have enough users to make up for the amount of effort that has to go into the app. I don’t know if this is because Minecraft is on a decline, my terrible coding or people do not want to be bothered with ads in an app. But its clear that its just not sustainable on the current path.
“One million downloads?! What are you talking about, you must be making bank!”
Nope, it doesn’t work that way. Ads in mobile apps is a very tricky business, that alone is a full time job. On average you need to show 1000 ads to make 30 cents, yep you read that right, 30 cents for 1000 displayed ads. Some days its as low as 15 cents. I have tried many ad networks over the years and Apple paid the best at about 45 cents, but they completely stopped their ads business last year so that vanished. Another problem is that MineChat does not lend itself to ads. Most games have “levels” or a stopping point where an ad can be shown. That does not work in a chat app as I am sure you are aware. You will be in the middle of typing a message and a full screen ad pops up. I never liked this, but there was just no other way to do it.
“So MineChat is going away?” Absolutely not!
I will continue to improve, support and maintain the paid version of MineChat. I hope you choose to download it for just $3 and get the benefit of no irritating ads. If you currently have the free version installed, it will continue to work and work with the current version of Minecraft 1.12.2. Our MineChat users have always been the best and I hate that I have to discontinue the free version but that just the current state of things.
As always, email me (from the about page in MineChat) with any questions or comments. I am looking forward to continuing to improve MineChat and work with you guys to make it the best Minecraft chat app available.
Ray – IGN: vbisbest