RIM Introduces Built For BlackBerry And The $10K Developer Commitment

RIM has announced two initiatives to strengthen the BlackBerry developer community and reward developers. Both of them focus on quality of apps and providing a better experience for developers. They are the Built for BlackBerry program and the $10,000 developer commitment.

Coming in a few months, the Built for BlackBerry program will let developers submit BlackBerry WebWorks or BlackBerry 10 Native apps for third-party review; this will be free. BlackBerry 10 apps that pass will receive “Built for BlackBerry” quality status, which developers can display on their website, in the BlackBerry App World and anywhere apps are marketed.

As a developer, You don’t need to complete any additional registration beyond your existing BlackBerry App World Vendor account. All you need to do is to submit your app, sign your life away with their Terms and Conditions (I kid!), and you’re all set.

Tied to the Built for BlackBerry program is a  revenue guarantee for BlackBerry 10 apps. With the $10K Developer Commitment, RIM is giving monetary rewards to apps that have earned a certain amount of money.

Here are some of the details on this offer: Developers must submit their BlackBerry 10 app to BlackBerry App World prior to the launch of BlackBerry 10 (specific dates will be announced later). Your app needs to independently earn $1,000 USD in net revenue in BlackBerry App World – this can include digital goods sold through the Payment Service SDK (in-app payments).

If your app earns at least $1,000 USD on its own, but less than $10,000 USD, RIM will pay you the difference between the revenue you earned and $10,000 USD. Developers are only eligible to receive this one time. If your app earns less than $1,000 USD or more than $10,000 USD, you don’t qualify.

From both programs explained above, we can see how RIM is working hard at building a developer community for its BlackBerry 10 platform. A few weeks ago we had the BlackBerry 10 Mini Jam in Lagos. Versions of the Mini Jam were held across Africa and the rest of the world.

So it’s time to begin pushing those apps to the BlackBerry 10 platform. More details are available on the BlackBerry Developer website.

We wish you goodluck.


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