2009: Game Maker Year in Numbers
December 31, 2009
- $2.20 – average amount paid by purchasers of the commercial game maker game Immortal Defense in a recent “pay what you like” sale.
- 5 – number of activations allowed by the Softwrap DRM for Game Maker 8
- 6 – Live Game Maker discussion radio programmes hosted by GMLive
- 8.0 – latest version of Game Maker to be released
- 10 years of Game Maker in November
- 14 – Game Maker magazine issue releases
- $25 – new price of Game Maker introduced in January
- 45 – votes out of 552 for Albert Zak’s smiley face logo that was (briefly) the Game Maker 8 logo. This was dwarfed by the 500 signatories to a petition demanding its removal in the 18 hours following the announcement.
- 90% – the proportion of YoYo Games’ income that comes from people upgrading their copy of Game Maker. The remaining 10% comes from advertising on the website.
- $10,000 – cash prize awarded to the creators of Climb to the Top of the Castle in a 2BeeGames contest. Five months earlier Save the Planet won $2,500 after coming second in a community poll at the same site.
- 20,000 – downloads of Game Maker 8 in the first 24 hours since its release
- £180,000 – losses recorded by YoYo Games in the year to 31st October 2008.
- 10,000,000 – milestone number of game plays since launch at YoYoGames.com achieved in November