In Another Win for Indie Developers, Users of the Premier 2D Game Engine Now Can Take Advantage of Microsoft’s Simplified Game Certification Process for XboxOne.

DUNDEE, SCOTLAND – October 26th, 2017 – Continuing GameMaker Studio 2’s banner launch year, YoYo Games has officially partnered with Microsoft to give developers access to the Xbox Live Creators Program. With GameMaker Studio 2’s simple-to-use 2D toolset in hand, game creators can now quickly and directly publish their games to Xbox One consoles. The Creators Program’s minimum certification process has no requisite concept approval process. Once Xbox Live sign-in is implemented and Gamertags are displayed on the user interface (based on standard Windows Store policies), indie developers can easily bring their games to both PC and console environments.

“The dream for many developers is to bring their games to every platform, and our GameMaker Studio 2 integration with the Xbox Live Creators Program takes them one step closer to this,” said James Cox, general manager, YoYo Games. “This is where our partnership with Microsoft comes in – much of our efforts with GameMaker Studio 2 are focused on creating an engine that’s cost-effective, easy-to-learn and can port games to other platforms quickly. By partnering with the Xbox Live Creators Program, we have blown the doors open for indie games on Xbox One devices.”

“The Xbox Live Creators program makes it easy for independent developers to ship their games on Xbox One using the social features of Xbox Live – just create a Dev Center account, build a Live-enabled UWP game with GameMaker UWP, and you’re ready to launch on the Xbox One to the full Xbox audience,” said Chris Charla, Director of [email protected] at Microsoft. “GameMaker Studio 2 is already a really cool tool for development, and including easy-to-integrate support for Xbox Live Creators Program means that independent developers have another great option to use to showcase their games on the Xbox One Creators Collection!”

To follow the latest news on Game Maker Studio 2, check out YoYo Games on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

For a guide to shipping to Xbox One please visit: http://bit.ly/2y5EEGG
For a guide to publishing on Creators Program, please visit: http://bit.ly/2fEtx14

About YoYo Games
YoYo Games is the home of GameMaker, the fastest and friendliest cross-platform game development technology out there. GameMaker Studio 2 has been completely redeveloped with usability and efficiency at its core, allowing developers to create games within a single code base and then publish them to run natively across multiple platforms including Android, iOS, HTML5, PS4, Xbox One, Windows Desktop, OS X, Ubuntu, Windows UWP.

To date, the GameMaker Studio family of products has been downloaded more than 10 million times since 2012 and currently has 200K MAU. YoYo Games is based in Dundee, Scotland. Follow YoYo Games on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To learn more, please visit: www.yoyogames.com

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