Developer Hero Q&A: The Five Minds Behind Five Fingers

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Our Developer Hero Program, announced last June, saw hundreds of new applications submitted to the BlackBerry 10 store. From our fantastic development community, we chose four winners. Today, we’re interviewing the last of those four –the five developers at Five Fingers, the Vietnam-based studio responsible for Demon Warrior.

Here’s what they had to say:

How long have you been developing apps on the BlackBerry 10 platform?

We only started working with BlackBerry fairly recently. Back when the Developer Hero Program was announced a few months ago, we decided to participate. Even though we’re new to the platform, we can already see many advantages to it, especially when working on BlackBerry Passport devices.

Are there any features that stand out about our OS?

We’re very excited about the productivity features of your devices, and we especially love the Form Factor of the BlackBerry Passport.

What BlackBerry devices does your team currently use?

We own several Passports and Z10s.

What kind of support have you received from BlackBerry?

The Developer Hero Program was a fantastic way to get started in BlackBerry 10 development. It helped us bring our products to a wide range of BlackBerry users, and showed us some of the great things that could be accomplished on the platform. The BlackBerry Developer Forum and the documentation on BlackBerry’s website were also excellent, and the BlackBerry support team is really amazing.

Tell us about Demon Warrior. What inspired you to create it, and what features would you like to highlight?

demon-warrior-featureIt was a collaborative effort. We first conceived of a really dark, threatening character, with an emphasis on animation. We decided we wanted more, though, and created clothing, weapons, jewels, pets, wings, and more. Eventually, it evolved into a very attractive game – we’re very happy with where it’s at right now.

What kind of momentum have you seen with Demon Warrior?

The number of downloads has been amazing, as has the level of appreciation users have shown for our work. We were surprised and pleased with the willingness of users to pay for items in the in-game shop, as well.

What other apps have you developed for BB10? Are there any you’d like to mention, or anything you’ve got in the works right now?

We haven’t released any games yet, but we’re eventually planning to bring all our games to BlackBerry 10. We hope BlackBerry users love them as much as they loved Demon Warrior.

What’s the greatest moment you’ve had with BlackBerry?

When we found out we were one of the winners of the Developer Hero Program.

About Five Fingers: Founded by a team of five Vietnamese developers ranging in age from twenty to twenty-five years old, Five Fingers develops games for a wide range of platforms, including Android, Windows Phone, Tizen, iOS, and – most recently – BlackBerry 10. Connect with Five Fingers on Facebook.

About BVE

Bryan Van Engelen has been with BlackBerry since 2010. He is part of the Developer Programs and Outreach team, focusing on customer and developer engagement and support. @bve21

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