A few weeks ago, we launched the Playyoo Developer Program, initially with a limited invitation to the group of Flash Lite developers who’ve been with us since the beginning. Now it is open to all Flash developers.
The idea is to try to kick start a market between Flash Lite developers and game buyers. At some point in the fairly near future, we expect 3rd parties to be entering the picture, but to get started, we’re sponsoring games ourselves. The basic idea is that every week, we set a theme, and invite proposals to build a game which responds to it. Once the game is delivered, Playyoo pays a fee to the developer.
[UPDATE: A Clarification: please note, Playyoo is not buying these games. They remain the property of the developer. Playyoo is 100% about user generated content.]
In the first week, the theme was the Euro 2008 soccer championship, and the winning proposal came from Mariam Dholkawala, with Headers Euro 2008. If your team didn’t win, Mariam’s game gives you the chance to rewrite history!
For week 2 (and week 3), we set a more oblique challenge, “global warming”. The first game on that theme was the very creative “Drought” created by Dave Sapien, where you need to help the fish escape the evaporating ponds.
Week 3’s game is in production, and we’re looking forward to it!
This sequence will continue throughout the summer, and maybe longer. Other initiatives are also in the pipeline.
The fact that mobile games like these can be built from scratch and put online in less than 1 week says a lot about the talents of our developers, but also about the power of Flash Lite.
The Playyoo Developer Program has it’s own private area in the Playyoo forums, for members to exchange ideas, discuss concepts, and for us to post requests for games.
If you want to show the world what you can do with Flash Lite, and perhaps start making some money from your talents, why not sign up ?
To qualify for the PDP, Playyoo members need to:
- upload at least 2 custom games (not Game Creator)
- have at least one game favourited by at least 10 members
- have accrued at least 20 verified downloads
- be approved by the Playyoo PDP manager
To remain a member
- maintain at least 2 games at all times
- upload at least 1 game per year
- agree to and keep to the terms and conditions of the PDP