Sales Statistics: Asteroid Miner, Starship Tycoon and Democracy (updated)

I asked Cliff for some more sales statistics, this what I got from him.

Asteroid Miner
- February: US $17,97
- March: US $5.99
- April: US $29.95
- May: US $23.96

Starship Tycoon
- February: US $619.62
- March: US $671.58
- April: US $599.63
- May: US $621.64

Democracy (You might also want to check out the previously published Democracy sales stats)
- February: US $5206.76
- March: US $4,253.83
- April: US $3528.38
- May: US $5916.80

Democracy total direct sales: 3,050 units (in the year since release)


Thats before I take off the 10% credit card processing fee, and subtract bandwidth and other costs. It’s fairly static over this period. There was a bump at the start of June when Democracy was in a newspaper in Denmark, that led to a big spike in sales. The last big sales spike was the christmas one, due to winning the game of the year at gametunnel and the knock-on press from that.

Theres a few extra dollars coming in from old sales links to regnow, maybe $100 a month. Plus theres retail sales from some very old deals that average around $200 a quarter, and my portal sales in total earn me about $150 a month, a trivial chunk of the total.

9 thoughts on “Sales Statistics: Asteroid Miner, Starship Tycoon and Democracy (updated)

  1. [...] I’ve blogged before about Cliffski’s Positech Games. In July, he released sales stats on for three of his games. In September, he released some more interesting information in a post at the IndieGamer forums, which added to their sales stats list. In his time selling through Plimus, Cliffski had racked up $113,160.53 at the time of the screen shot in the post. That’s more than one title spanning a few years, but quite inspiring nonetheless. [...]

  2. [...] He has previously shared Democracy sales stats and also sales information for his other games: Asteroid miner and Starship Tycoon. [...]

  3. [...] Positech Sales Stats By gdmike Back in February, Cliff Harris of Positech Games published the sales stats of his game Democracy (a fun game, by the way) at GameProducer.Net. Several months have gone by and Cliff has recently released a new game, Kudos. On top of that, he has released updated sales stats for Democracy along with two older Positech games, Asteroid Miner and Starship Tycoon. I knew that Democracy was doing well for him, but it’s interesting to see how well – 3,050 units moved in Direct sales over the past year. Congratulations, Cliff, and thanks for sharing the info. [...]

  4. lakibuk: it’s for Democracy. I’ve updated the information.

  5. >>Total direct sales: 3,050 units (in the year since release)
    What does this mean?

  6. [...] En han publicado nuevas estadísticas de ventas de tres juegos de Positech: Asteroid Miner, Starship Tycoon y Democracy. Las cifras de los dos últimos son impresionantes, en especial las de Democracy.   [Enlace] [...]

  7. Holy sacred cow carmen!
    Ain’t that the best publicity for indie business?
    I have a well paid day job but if I had such a little indie business on the side I could envision buying a big house.
    Congrats Cliffski!!!
    And IMO Kudos will probably sell at least as well as democracy.

    Now the question is how longer can these democracy figures keep so high and how long did it take to reach these numbers?

    I’m also a bit surprised about the portal sales, is the portal udience realy that hermetic to higher level games?

  8. wow that’s some great figures, Cliff must be very happy.

  9. No info on Kudos yet?

    I wonder if anyone is making any money with portal sales? Is it just the small casual games or what?