The Game Maker 8 Upgrade Process

on December 22, 2009 - 15361 Views

Gone is the nasty grey upgrade nag screen of Game Maker 7 and in its place is the colourful Game Maker 8 launch message.  The purpose is still the same though, to encourage Game Maker users to part with $25 for the full, upgraded, Pro version of the software.

“Upgrading the Lite Edition to the Pro Edition costs only 20 Euro or US $25 (subject to change). This is a one-time fee that will at least be valid for all versions 8.x of Game Maker.”  Game Maker 8 documentation

If you wish to use Game Maker 8 Pro you will need to buy a $25 activation code.  Registered, and unregistered, copies of Game Maker 7 will continue to work as they do currently.

Regardless of whether you are upgrading or purchasing the software for the first time you are allowed FIVE activations of the software through the Softwrap DRM protection.

If you purchased Game Maker 7 in the year 2009:
In this case you qualify for a free Game Maker 8 upgrade.  When Game Maker launches click “Enter Activation Code” where you will be prompted to enter your Game Maker 7 activation code.  Search your emails for it. Upgrades will only be honoured upto March 31st 2010.

If you have not purchased Game Maker in the year 2009:
The cheapest way to purchase Game Maker 8 is using USD as the currency.  Other currency options are €20 (equivalent to $28.61)  and £20 (equivalent to $32.02).  Payments can be made through a credit or debit card (via PayPal) or the funds in your PayPal account.

The process is straightforward, although the embedded IE frame is slightly too small for the PayPal pages to appear properly.  After you have entered your details and confirmed payment your copy of Game Maker 8 should automatically upgrade itself to Game Maker 8 Pro and you will be sent an email (to your PayPal email address) which will include your purchase reference number.  Don’t lose it.

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37 Responses to The Game Maker 8 Upgrade Process

  1. gnysek says:

    You can pay by debit card without PayPal 🙂

  2. Broxter says:

    You spelt ‘lose’ as ‘loose’. Common mistake.

  3. James says:

    Broxter :You spelt ‘lose’ as ‘loose’. Common mistake.

    You spelled ‘spelled’ as ‘spelt’. Common mistake.

  4. Jasper says:

    Huh!? “Regardless of whether you are upgrading or purchasing the software for the first time you are allowed FIVE activations of the software through the Softwrap DRM protection.” Are you sure about this? My mail says: “Having purchased this software title through Softwrap Limited you are free to use it on your PC only, however you may also transfer your license free of charge once to your laptop or any other machine.”. I’m confused :s

  5. That is just a “please don’t give this to all your friends plea”. You can activate the software 5 times so you could, for example, install it on 5 computers in your house or if you need to wipe your computer and wish to reactive GM that will also count as one activation.

  6. scott says:

    Is there a way to activate to pro for free?

  7. Tom says:

    If you purchased Game Maker 7 in the year 2009:
    In this case you qualify for a free Game Maker 8 upgrade.

    It’s non sense. Why only 2009? Why I cant upgrade my GM7 for free or for eg. 1$. I bought GM7 in Nov 2007. It’s DISCRIMINATION!

  8. Mike says:

    @James
    He’s actually correct with ‘spelt’.

  9. bh says:

    I’ve just purchased GM8, and GMLite didn’t automatically upgrade to the Pro version, as it is supposed to, according to this blog post. And the purchase ref/activation code isn’t working either. Not a happy camper, me.

  10. gnysek says:

    ban him!

  11. akhil says:

    will any one will tell me the code

  12. akhil says:

    help help
    help

  13. akhil says:

    i need game makar 8 pro for freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  14. akhil says:

    pleas i dont have money

  15. akhil says:

    i am from bharat 25$s are to much for me it means 1000rs

  16. akhil says:

    i am 13years old i can make good games

  17. akhil says:

    u can get it form my sellings

  18. akhil says:

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  20. akhil says:

    thanks man

  21. Lord000 says:

    Will i be able to buy a activation key, use it for my copy of GM7(this week march 2010), then later on download GM8 and use the same key?

  22. Lord000 says:

    Thanks. for school heh, they run GM7 there.

  23. […] which will no doubt be reported in many places:  The deadline for people wishing to upgrade a version of Game Maker 7 purchased in 2009 to version 8 for free is at the end the month. […]

  24. Lord000 says:

    =( they are marking the assignments in GM7 (rrargh) so is it impossible to run GM7, and when thing pops up, buy the key?? pls reply quick

  25. UzuNaruto98 says:

    can someone plz put the activation code plz cuz i bought gamemaker from the shop in kuwait they said it is with activation code but when I opened it it didnt have the code i took it back to him he told we dont sell game maker so plz give it to me on my email Lordsomy@hotmail.com please.

    Thank you

  26. Marcus Graham says:

    I went to GM8, entered my GM7 pro code and it failed. I fit the criteria. I purchased in 2009, why is it not working!!!!

  27. taylor says:

    it is good fun

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