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Make money from your games!

by Tom | 19th, September 2013

Written by Sarah Cornwell of appBackr, co-authored by Thomas Gullen of Scirra

Today there is a new opportunity for mobile developers on Scirra that has never existed before. For the first time, there's a way to monetize and distribute your app, through Scirra, with no additional effort. Scirra is now making it possible for you to sell your web apps and make money. Scirra has partnered with TizenTM and appbackr Xchange so that with one click, developers can port their app over to the new Tizen platform. The app is then uploaded to through the Xchange developer portal and verified by Tizen.

Developers can make money with the new Scirra partnership two ways. First, all apps that are added to the program will be scanned by appbackr's proprietary appscore system. Apps that score high will get cash offers, as much as $250, just by clicking a button.

Money will be received when the submitted app is verified by the Tizen store. Second, your app can be a paid app in the Tizen App Store. Customers with the new TizenTM smartphones will download your apps, when the store opens later this year.

What is Tizen?

Tizen is the new mobile operating system set to launch this year. Tizen is an open-source and standards-based software, based on HTML5. The platform was created through a partnership of some of the biggest names in the technology space — Samsung, Intel and Linux. The first Tizen smartphones will be released in November and these devices need apps, great apps. Developers who port their apps to TizenTM will get distribution as the first apps on the Tizen platform.

Step in appbackr and Scirra. appbackr is curating apps for the Tizen platform with our Xchange platform. Scirra has built an integration with appbackr into its development platform allowing developers to be part of this new operating system with huge opportunity and growth potential.

How to get started

The next release of Construct 2 will have an export option to submit to appBackr in a few easy clicks. In the meantime, you can submit your arcade games!

Any game you upload to the arcade or already exists in the arcade can be submitted to appBackr in a few simple clicks! Have you uploaded your games to the arcade? Start submitting your games now! We know that the current arcade has a few limitations on it so it is not possible to submit all your games, but stay tuned for updates addressing this issue over the next week.

Scirra apps will be among the first apps featured on Tizen. Please note, offers are non-exclusive basis, unless otherwise negotiated.

Free edition users

One limitation of the free edition is you are not permitted to make money from your creations. However the good news is we're willing to make an exemption going into the future for submitting to appBackr. If you're using the free edition, you are now permitted to submit your game to appBackr. This will be an available option in the next Construct 2 release.

Terms and conditions

You can read the full terms and conditions from appBackr.

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sosensible 10.3k rep

loving it !!!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:14:58 PM
vee41 7,322 rep

This is great news, and proves that HTML5 as gaming platform is starting to mature! :)

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:16:09 PM
NotionGames 14.2k rep

Cool. Glad to see making money is possible

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:17:03 PM
Blacksmith 8,282 rep

Thanks for the useful info, it's always good to have more options available :)

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:17:32 PM
zatyka 12.3k rep

Very nice! I'll almost certainly be using this feature to participate in LD's October challenge.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:24:11 PM
simwhi 6,284 rep

This is great news.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:32:34 PM
siks 9,415 rep


Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:46:13 PM
tecbug 7,677 rep

Thats great news, but:
- are there any guidelines how to make apps optimized do Tizen?
- What will be desired screen resolution?
- What will be device specs? I'm asking about this because Firefox OS device has very crappy specs, and games made in Construct doesn't have good FPS on it.
- Can games use keyboard?

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 6:38:10 PM
Fimbul 6,903 rep

I don't get what the "up to $250 cash offer" represents. Is that a $250 incentive just to deploy the game, or is that a $250 maximum purchasing price where you forfeit your distribution rights to Tizen/appbackr?

Can we sell our applications or add IAP after we received our "cash offer"? Are there any strings attached? What is it exactly? What are the criteria for "appbackr's proprietary appscore system"?

While I'm excited by the prospect, this post raises more questions than it answers, please add more information!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:16:13 PM
jayderyu 15.2k rep

I second Fimbul opinion on this. That area is really hazy on the details. Am i selling my app for Tizen at $250 regardless of how popular?

For $250 that's only apx 10 hours of work for a apx programmers pay rate. Less and more depending on experience and section of industry.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:56:30 PM
mahdisml 4,999 rep

Why Tizen ? Why not FirefoxOS ?
Firefox OS is better than tizen !
Tizen wants more CPU !

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 9:21:06 PM
tyfricko 6,590 rep

Nice move Scirra :)

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 9:39:58 PM
OneMuppet 6,521 rep

Way to go Scirra! :)
I think Tizen is a really interesting new addition to the mobile market and I think it a great decision to work closely with those companies!

Now let's hope that Tizen won't exclude all the Swedish developers with this offer also, like they did in the Tizen competition!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:01:40 PM
Paradox 41.3k rep

To those asking if they were buying the rights, please reread the last sentence of "How to Get Started."

However I am curious if submitting appBackr disqualifies apps from the competition.

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 6:28:34 AM
mercy 5,830 rep

Good news!

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7:25:47 AM

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