GameMaker Studio Standard Edition Is Free For A Limited Time

on February 22, 2014 - 251657 Views

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The promotion below has ended

For a limited time, GameMaker Studio Standard edition is available for free. Valued at $49.99, GameMaker Studio Standard is a significant improvement upon the free version of the software which imposes harsh restrictions on the resources that developers can make use of.

Additionally, developers can use their free Standard edition license to upgrade to the Professional edition (RRP $99.99) for only $35 more. This offer ends March 2, 2014.

To take advantage of this offer, download and install GameMaker Studio and follow the instructions that appear. To upgrade from GameMaker Studio Standard to GameMaker Studio Professional for $35, simply enter your Standard license key when checking out. This offer is not being extended to the Steam version.

Due to high demand, the license key may take a while to appear in your email inbox, and there may be delays when trying to validate the key.

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68 Responses to GameMaker Studio Standard Edition Is Free For A Limited Time

  1. Al says:

    Hi Guys

    Can you try and organize another offer. I just missed this and have been watching the net and GM website for another special offer and I’m eager to buy.

  2. Anon says:

    Mine didn’t go through, and I tried it every day and then it ended. 🙁

  3. MYbuddy says:

    Hi guys!

    I have been looking around for a while, but I don’t know yet how to get a license for the standard edition. I downloaded free studio edition, but I don’t see where I have to register myself for getting the license.

    Any help?


  4. LVUER says:

    Never mind I was late, I couldn’t even get past the “input license key” menu. It keep asking me for a license and even though I always choose use free license, it’s just restart and keep asking for a license key (repeat). And now it’s too late…

  5. SillyAnon says:

    Quick question. When it says that this’ll end on March 2, as in today, does that mean that this is the last possible day to get it free? Or is this the day when it ISN’T free anymore? I hope it’s the former…

  6. Lunious says:

    Hello? I have a two questions.

    Question 1. I’ve got Standard license. can I use this code after the event?
    Now I have to decide which university is preparing to test. The Roar and the test will end in eight months.
    (thanks to Google translate!)

    Question 2. Can I use this code another computer?
    Uninstall this computer, and Install other computer.

  7. CorruptedData says:

    First of all, thanks for the free license key for the Standard version of GMS. I downloaded the installer, registered my e-mail and got my key in seconds. But when I go to: “Help” > “About GameMaker…” it says: “Registered to: None”

    Everytime I validate my license key, it says: “Licensed Successfully!”. But, when I restart GMS, it looks like no action has been made; keeps showing: “Registered to: None.”

    Need some help with this, please.

  8. Fendi says:

    Hey guys, I registered like a week ago and I didn’t received any email from you guys. =(

  9. Austin Washington says:

    Never Mind. I Found It.

  10. Austin Washington says:

    I got the 35$ Pro upgrade. Does it upgrade the standard edition automatically, or do I have to reenter my license code?

  11. Kasiase says:

    I sent the following e-mail, but did not get a license key
    This came in the mail once, but why try to remove e-mail, but did not receive.
    * I use a translator because there may be an error.
    * I am a person of South Korea

  12. CoachHarris says:

    Is there anyway I could take advantage of this awesome deal for the middle school computer class I teach? Please feel free to email me to discuss!

  13. Daniel says:

    Thank you very much for the offer. I knew about the offer through the TouchArcade forums, downloaded the standard version for free and read some of the help files available. After this reading and seeing that Hero Siege was made with GameMaker, I took the step and updated to the Pro version for $35. In the end, I got what seems to be a great game developing platform for $42 ($35 + $7 taxes), and ideal for newbies to programming because it has all the necessary help docs and tutorials inside the app itself, along with helpdesks and forums.

  14. Hassan says:

    Just asking but if I make a game with this, do I have to pay fees to you guys and or does most of the money made from selling the game go to me?

  15. M. S. says:

    It freezes when waiting for program to close for updates. Also cant open it normally, there will just open a window called “” and nothing happens. I have to kill the process via task manager. Therefor I cant register for free version, what to do??

  16. العاب ملك الديناصورات says:

    I’m not getting any kind of promt or anything. I downloaded the installer but every time I try to open it it doesn’t do anything. Anyone have any tips or thoughts?

  17. Jeux fille gratuit says:

    Thank you ! Works great

  18. Krystal Fortman says:

    Is there a mac version? It says yes but not to download.

  19. Shotgun Mcpayne says:

    every time i try to confirm my email address there is a pop up that says DTD is prohibited please help!

  20. Jordan Young says:

    I’m not getting any kind of promt or anything. I downloaded the installer but every time I try to open it it doesn’t do anything. Anyone have any tips or thoughts?

  21. Alok says:

    Just read through the basic documentation (not advanced sections yet). I cannot seem to find any sprites included for playing around (as mentioned in the documentation). Are these included in this version at all? Do these need to be downloaded separately? Do not see them at location mentioned here either:


  22. Noel says:

    how long will this free version keep running?

  23. Alok says:

    A few questions:
    1. Can this license be used for re-installation (if needed) after the promotion period is over?
    2. Will it be possible to upgrade to professional version for $50 after the promotion period is over?

  24. Alan says:

    Quite handy. I don’t think YYG ever tested this on a machine with Large Fonts set in Windows, though 🙂

  25. Adam says:

    Downloaded it and can’t find option to register email or anything. Starts up and have option to upgrade to standard when I click it opens up window to buy in web store.

  26. TM says:

    I have my Professional license key, but I’m not sure where I am supposed to enter it.

  27. roman says:

    Hi, i got it now, but where can I get that licence key? thx for help

  28. Uhtron says:

    Wait, I thought Standard Version has unlimited resources as well. Is there something I missed?

  29. Daksh says:

    i downloaded and installed and updated in my window xp 32 bit but now gamemaker is not doing anything when i try to open it

  30. Flash says:

    So I downloaded the legacy edition of Gamemaker for Mac

    Where do I put my email address to get the license – or is this deal only for the game maker studio?

  31. Nathan says:

    This is great news and great timing! I have one question, though. Does the license work across PCs, or should I grab a license for my home computer and laptop separately?

    • Mike says:

      It works across PCs. That’s the issue I’m having now. I already had standard edition on my computer using a friend’s license and now I can’t seem to get my own.

  32. Mike says:

    I’m not getting any kind of prompt. I already had the standard edition installed on my computer when a friend was using it, but I would like my own license. Is there a registry key or something I have to delete to get this to work? I’ve tried uninstalling and installing the free version but still, nothing.


  33. Mat says:

    Hi there,

    First off, thanks for the give-away! I’m looking forward to giving Gamemaker a whirl. I’m having a bit of an issue entering the license though. I registered my email, received my license number, and entered it into the text field. However, after I did that, nothing happened. No confirmation or anything, and if I restart, it asks if i’d like to upgrade again. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks again!

  34. Terry says:

    Is there any way to activate this on Steam? Thanks

  35. Thater says:

    Does this work with the Steam edition? I can’t seem to get the license to activate.

  36. SpartanXIII says:

    What’s going on in terms of the Steam version? I have the code for the standalone, but are we also gonna get a steam key as well to be tied in?

    I’ve learned that it takes 24 hours, I just want some confirmation that can I switch from one to the other ASAP.

  37. Rick says:

    It’s asking for a license for Studio. What do I enter?

  38. Marc says:

    Hi Gamemaker
    thank you for the free license
    but changing my computer soon ,
    i tried to redeem it on steam but it doesn’t seems to work !!
    Any suggestion?

  39. LOOMIS says:

    How do you get them to send you the license key? I replied to the email to confirm joining the mailing list, but no license. Then the program crashed and when I started it back up, it said this email has already been used to create a standard license.

    • LOOMIS says:

      Nevermind, it took a half hour or so to send the key out. But be warned, the program will crash a lot while waiting for the key, it did at least on win 8 64 bit for me.

  40. Zalmute says:

    Getting this for free is great, however I was wondering about the license. Do we also get a licence key?

  41. Dan says:

    So, I downloaded GameMaker Studio, registered my email address, and have not received a key.

  42. Joe says:

    Chances of us being able to take advantage of this on the Steam versions? Or getting a Steam key for the software with the purchase of pro?

  43. GluedOnBeard says:

    Only .exe, nothing free for OSX?

  44. Jorbun says:

    I entered my license key and clicked the green License button, but nothing happened.

  45. Nallebeorn says:

    How much do we save on the upgrade offer (e.g. what’s the normal upgrade price)?

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