The “Distributing Games” section of the Game Maker Community often contains posts where people are discussing their ideas to setup websites to enable GameMaker users to sell games they have created. Every now and again some of these ideas actually get past the drawing board and a website is actually set up.
The latest such site is PCGamesNow.net
Listing a game is completely free!
Sale fee: $0.50 + 10%
There are two delivery options for customers. We deliver the game to the customer for you.
– Digital Delivery (Free)
– CD-ROM and Digital Delivery (Customer pays $2.99 per game)
Sounds good? But how many copies of your game do you think you could sell on a page that looks like this?
I’m sure this service, like all those that have come and gone before, are started with the good intention of trying to help people sell GameMaker games but more thought really needs to go into these projects. There is nothing to stop creators of decent GameMaker games selling them elsewhere at more established and popular (none-gm specific) sites or creating their own e-commerce solution as is the case with Magi.
As far as I am concerned whilst these sites have little to no good publicity they serve almost no purpose. There is speak of a Microsoft AdCenter campaign, but we shall have to wait and see.
A particularly bad example of a site similar to this was SellYourGMGames (GMB Review) which proposed to use a completely manual method to send out purchased games. To set up a service selling GameMaker games you need far more than just a basic idea, small amount of webspace and a domain name.
Thankfully PCGamesNow is much better than SellYourGMGames ever was. It has a shopping cart for a start which is linked up with PayPal.
Unfortunately I didn’t want to purchase Ultimate Arrow, so I am not sure if the entire process is automated – but if it is this site easily eclipses many of the other half-hearted attempts.
I do hope a project like this can become a success, but it won’t be easy.
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