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A 24-year-old game developer for Roblox who makes over $1 million a year shares how he started his own company after dropping out of school



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In 2010, Alex Hicks released his first video game on Roblox. Ten years later, he’s made more than $1 million a year as the owner of game development studio RedManta, which creates games for the popular kids platform and has since generated nearly one billion plays combined.

After several software engineering internships at Roblox, Hicks developed a solid understanding about game design, developer toolsets, and operations — a skill set that led him to quit college and develop games full time.

Now, he shares with Business Insider how embracing Roblox’s communities and focusing on efficiency helped him reach the million-dollar revenue mark in 2020.

“[A]t this point I’m feeling I’m much farther ahead than many of the people I know who graduated with game design degrees,” Hicks said. 

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How a 24-year-old game developer makes over $1 million on Roblox

  • 24-year-old Alex Hicks is the owner of game development studio RedManta, which creates games for the popular kids platform Roblox.
  • Roblox is rising in popularity as tweens find ways to stay entertained from home, and many young developers like Hicks are making millions off the platform.
  • Hicks dropped out of college after interning at Roblox for several years and earning $100,000 in revenue in a single month from one of his games.
  • He said embracing Roblox’s community of players, developers, and designers and focusing on efficiency helped him reach the million-dollar revenue mark in 2020.
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If you have a kid under the age of 16, then you’ve probably heard of Roblox. The online game creation platform that launched 14 years ago has recently become a daily fixture in households with tweens since the pandemic started last March, as kids (and their parents) search

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