Today I received the go ahead I had been looking for from YoYoGames. Thanks to Clayton at YoYoGames Customer Support my wish to be able to offer a GameMaker Pro licence can now become reality. In case any of you are interested, buying a prize licence is as simple purchasing a normal licence from YoYo. Although of course I don’t know how easy this will be since I upgraded in the 5.0 days when Game Maker was still very much a one-man-band.
I’ll let you know the thinking behind my idea as the audience of gamemakerblog are mostly cynical and know that I wouldn’t do this for nothing. The idea is really three-fold. One to see how easy or hard it would be to get the go ahead from YoYo and run a competition for people who use Game Maker. Two, to see what I can get people to do for a chance to win a cheap ($20) prize, or to put it another way to attempt to exploit the Game Maker Community. And third, and probably my main aim, to try and spread the word about the free Game Maker Affiliation Service which I run.
The basic idea is that members of the GMC will place a promotional graphic advertising the Game Maker Affiliation Service in their signature which will enter them into a draw to win the licence. Obviously our target audience here are people that aren’t using Game Maker Pro or are using cracked earlier versions of the software. Therefore this certainly isn’t the premium clientele, heaven forbid they read this, but I suspect these members will be more willing to sacrifice the majority of their signature space to me – and of course the prize is suitable.
Actually I fear that I may have made the image too big and this may deter some people from entering, but of course I can see how things progress in the early weeks of the competition. The idea is to make the draw on the 1st July to give people at least a month to enter and to hopefully ensure that more people are attracted to enter, viral marketing if you wish.
I’d be interested to know your comments, suggestions or basically whatever you think of the idea. I haven’t promoted the service in any way yet, I’m just looking for a bit of feedback before I go ahead and start trying to spread the word.