Yoyo Games

Mark Overmars has made an announcement that will greatly impact the future of Game Maker.

Dear Game Maker users,

I am very excited to announce that I am partnering with YoYo Games for the further development and distribution of Game Maker.

YoYo Games is a new company based in the UK, setup by a group of former and current game industry execs, including Sandy Duncan, former head of Xbox in Europe. I am one of the directors of YoYo Games and will be supervising the further development of Game Maker there.

As everybody knows the time I could devote to Game Maker was limited because of my additional position at Utrecht University. This was hampering the development and the service I could provide to the community. YoYo Games has the resources to make Game Maker into an even bigger success.

With the release of version 7.0 of Game Maker in February, YoYo Games will also make a significant investment in the number and quality of online services. These new services will be committed entirely to the Game Maker community. They will build on the existing base and provide several important and exciting new features including the ability to have your finished games published online for free with unlimited access for people who want to play, review and discuss your games on the website. They will also provide a much extended help system and support for the sharing of resources, etc. And we of course want to hear from you what other features you would want.

Keep your eye on http://www.yoyogames.com for a glimpse of what the new site will look like and for further information about the vision and plans of YoYo Games. We will provide more information about the plans there in the very near future.

Mark Overmars

To prepare for the changes you will see a new administrator on the forum: james geary. He is from the company that creates the new YoYo Games website and is here to checkout the forum and make the migration as smooth as possible.

Mark

Naturally, some are worried that this could be the first step toward Game Maker becoming a product of “just another faceless corp.”, and the registration fee going sky high, but Mark assures that is not the case. Because he is working with Yoyo games, he will still have the leading voice in what happens

Many outside of the GM community look down on GM as not being good for serious game creation. Perhaps this could also help to break that negative impression.

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7 Responses

  1. OMG yay! 😀

  2. I’m not exactly sure how to react…

  3. Mark has mentioned that he would like to release GM7 with the YoYo Games website. This means there might be a delay with GM7 final.

    Personally i think this is very good news.

  4. Could be good, could be bad. I’m leaning toward the good side. I think it will be good to have a big…ish (because I don’t know about them) company to promote GM.

  5. No! Not a delay. But yay! More Great services! Hopefully they won’t all be for registered! BUT YES! GOOD JOB MARK! WE LOVE YOU, at least people who don’t post hate topics.

  6. I wonder if this has something to do with the tidying in the registration options. Now you can register Game Maker only through PayPal, and there is no discount when you buy multiple licences for different people at once. A bad step because there are a lot of people who dislike PayPal, PayPal had some problems in the past (payments where charged twice, money was taken from account without agreement, money was frozen on the account or even the whole account was frozen without indication of a reason). So some upset people can’t buy Game Maker keys anymore.

  7. As long as Mark’s in charge, everything will be fine 😀

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