Sandy Duncan has announced YoYo Games’ intention to sell user-created games from their popular website.
In an interview with the GameMaker Technology magazine Duncan said “my focus is on taking the best games and turning them into ‘products’ that we can sell. We’ve already quietly started work on putting the infrastructure together for this. We will share the revenues equally with the game developers.” He went on to say that “the most successful developers could earn hundreds of thousands of dollars… maybe even more” and that “the first people to earn money will be doing so before the end of 2009, maybe sooner.”
Sandy Duncan also confirmed that GameMaker 8 was still on schedule to release in 2009, and in a move that will no doubt please those who have had problems with their registrations, that additional support staff and a new helpdesk system will be introduced in the new year and that YoYo “almost certainly won’t use Softwrap for GM8″.
If you thought YoYo’s four competitions this year were as good as it gets then you might be surprised to hear that, presumably due to the quality of games the contests have attracted, “the quarterly $1,000 prize is pretty much a fixture” and “there’s a possibility that we’ll do more competitions in 09 than 08.”
It also seems that YoYo Games have not forgotten about the online highscores feature they first mentioned introducing back in October 2007.
The full interview with YoYo Games CEO Sandy Duncan can be found in issue 14 of GameMaker Tech.