Despite the huge global reach of the web, web technologies are rarely considered as an alternative to native apps. Traditionally web apps are slow, feel non-native, don’t work offline, and yield poor re-engagement. Developers assume that native apps and games are required to serve mobile users. They create apps that are large to download, when only a fraction of that data is needed to delight the user.
So they develop for iOS and Android and the “walled gardens” of the app stores take 30% of their revenue, and slow down the Software Development LifeCycle. 1000s of new apps are released every day, making it hard to stand-out. Additionally users rarely keep new apps so reach is very low.
Back in 2015, Googler Alex Russell and his partner Frances Berriman coined the term “Progressive Web Apps” or PWAs. Since then Google have been driving the required technologies forward. In March 2018 Apple added “service workers” to Safari on iOS, meaning that all modern mobile devices can benefit from fast and offline-capable web apps. This was a pivotal moment in the future of web apps, what’s more they are coming to desktop in 2018.
Ben Tristem, founder of GameDev.tv, wants to turn ordinary people into content creators – empowering users to develop their game and app ideas as progressive web apps. Having taught over 434,000 paying students game development in Unreal Engine, Unity and Blender, we want to apply our world-class ability to teach beginners to this exciting new area.
By creating many thousands of new web app developers we can accelerate progress towards a new era of fast, frictionless, and highly shareable experiences.