Xbox Live Creators Program Comes To GameMaker Studio 2
It’s no surprise that Microsoft are pulling out all the stops to make it easier for developers to publish to Xbox One via their UWP programme.
It’s recently been announced that YoYo Games, developer of GameMaker Studio & GameMaker Studio 2 have partnered with Microsoft to allow budding developers using their program to publish straight to Xbox via the UWP programme.
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 ID@Xbox 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!”
It’ll be interesting to see how this develops over time and how the Xbox Store will incorporate this.
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