I’ve written before about how value chain barriers are dropping, enabling a more product to reach consumers than ever before. While a boon for consumers (setting aside for the moment the noise/discovery problem), this is a challenge for content creators: more product means more competition, driving down prices and unit sales. So the value of content is falling.
But it’s also rising. Lower barriers make it feasible to bring niche products to market that couldn’t be justified in the past. And consumers will pay extraordinary amounts for products that address a niche they find compelling. The evidence for this is all around us, from low budget CCGs (e.g. the now defunct Warstorm) to high budget strategy games (e.g. League of Legends), and it’s been happening for years.
We’re talking about products that generate $50 – $100 per paying user. Per month. Do the math and ask yourself how small a niche you can serve and what it will cost to build the product. You don’t need to spend millions like League of Legends, or even hundreds of thousands like Warstorm. There are countless underserved niches out there just begging for a product.