YoYo Games set to go head to head with GameSalad

on October 29, 2010 - 1396 Views

gamesalad YoYo Games set to go head to head with GameSaladgamemaker 8 logo YoYo Games set to go head to head with GameSaladWith the recent long anticipated announcement that YoYo Games will enter into revenue sharing deals with Game Maker users to publish some of their best creations they have positioned themselves against GameSalad.

GameSalad, an iOS only development tool, has been around since 2008 and over 700 created games are currently available in the App Store.  They very recently announced that they would be moving from from a pay-up-front model to “GameSalad Direct” which eliminates tiered annual membership fees (previously at $99 and $1,999) and make available for everyone features previously only present in the more expensive version.

Essentially Direct distribution will see GameSalad publish games through a central account on behalf of their creators to the App Store in a revenue share deal.  One difference from the YoYo Games model is that developers will also be charged an up-front fee for GameSalad to publish each piece of software.

Existing GameSalad developers don’t seem too pleased at the changes being introduced as it appears that to be able to update existing Apps created with the development tool you will be required to transfer over to the new revenue-sharing licence agreement when your current deal expires.

Full details, including the revenue share proportion, have yet to be announced and the GameSalad team have pretty much kept their members in the dark since the initial post with few of the questions asked by developers being answered.

GameSalad say they are “currently exploring options” to address user concerns.

The Unity development tool does not have a central publishing option. An easy iOS development tool to watch in the future is RocketPack for which costings have not yet been announced.

3 Responses to YoYo Games set to go head to head with GameSalad

  1. theweirdn8 says:

    all I know is that I want a piece of that.

  2. i Just Wanna Make Some Games » Blog Archive » GameSalad Has a Change of Heart, Adobe AIR and Game Maker Do the Reverse says:

    [...] have been hard at work creating the ability to publish iOS games as well, which places them as a direct competitor to GameSalad for their drag-and-drop style development style. Not too long after that announcement, they [...]

  3. Ray says:

    I checked out Game Salad awhile back and the quality of apps you can make are a joke. Not even close to as flexible and powerful as Game Maker. Easy yes, but primitive and rudimentary too.

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