GameMaker Studio Standard now permanently free!

GameMaker StudioYoYoGames announced today that GameMaker Studio Standard, the first tier of their tool that normally runs $50, will now be free permanently.

Those who follow my blog will know that GameMaker Studio would go on sale, a lot. It’s great that they finally just removed the limited resource free version and made the Standard version available to every developer.

If you are just starting out, or a student learning how to make games, I would highly recommend downloading it. GameMaker can teach you how to code, how to create games, and now let you make anything you want.

They have not reduced the price of GameMaker Studio Pro. That remains $100. Still, never a bad thing to get more features in the free version.

If you haven’t yet, go ahead and download it for yourself!


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It’s finally done! Your game has taken shape, and you’re about to release it on the store!

Now all you have to do is sit back, relax, and watch as it goes viral and becomes the next Minecraft or Flappy Bird.

If only it were that easy.  Too many game developers don’t put in as much time to think about their marketing or monetization as they should. Success in the markets is not something that just happens to you. It’s an art form, just like any other skill. Continue reading You’ve made a game, now what? Marketing and Monetization strategies

GameMaker Studio Standard Free again until March 2nd

Once again you can get GameMaker Studio Standard free from now until March 2nd, as well as upgrade from Standard to Professional for just $35.

Normally GameMaker Studio Professional is $100, with the free upgrade to Standard that means you can get it for $65 off.

This isn’t the first time YoYoGames has offered GameMaker for free or discounted the Professional version, but you never know when a deal like this will come around again.

How to redeem:

  1. Download GameMaker
  2. On the welcome screen, click the “Upgrade to Standard for Free” banner
  3. Enter your email address, and then confirm it on the second screen.
  4. Check your email, and copy/paste your brand new Standard edition key!

If you don’t already have Standard, there is no reason not to jump on this and get yourself a free copy. That way if you ever decide to mess around or doodle something in GameMaker, you won’t be limited by number of resources.


GameMaker Studio Standard Free for a limited time!

GameMaker StudioYoYoGames is offering GameMaker Studio Standard free!

No word on how long this deal will last, so I would highly urge all of you to take advantage of it, even if you aren’t  developing a game in GameMaker right now. You never know when it will be useful to have!

Why get GameMaker?

GameMaker is one of my favorite game design and development tools. It allows you to quickly and easily make 2d game prototypes using a drag and drop interface. You don’t need to code at all, but once you get more advanced you can use GameMakerScript to make your development even faster, easier and do more powerful things.

Best of all, you can make one GameMaker Studio project and release on up to 9 platforms!

The basic version allows for very simple games, limiting the number of objects and resources you can have. The Standard edition gets rid of that limit, allow you to make any kind of game you want. You can then release on desktops (Windows and Mac) AND Windows 8 Store for free! For an extra fee, you can release the same project on mobile platforms as well.

How to redeem:

  1. Make sure you are using the “Beta Update Channel”. To change this, right-click on the icon in the system tray.
  2. Install the latest version of GameMaker.
  3. On the welcome screen, you should see a big “Upgrade to Standard for Free” banner. Click it.
  4. Enter your email address, and then confirm it on the second screen.
  5. Check your email, and load you’re brand new Standard edition key!


Normally this costs $50, so getting GameMaker Studio Standard free of charge is significant.

Now you have no excuse not to download GameMaker and mess around with it. If you need any additional resources, such as art or sound files, you can find links to some free resources on my blog.

Go make some cool games! After you do, be sure to let me know about them. I’d love to check them out!