YoYo Games Staff
Learn to make games using GameMaker Studio 2 for free through the summer and beyond.
With the time limited free trial period now removed, creators have as long as they like to use GameMaker’s integrated game development software to start learning how to build their own games. Only if game creators wish to export to one of the many platforms supported by GameMaker, will they need to purchase a license. GameMaker’s intuitive Drag and Drop (DnD) system makes it easy for anyone, regardless of previous coding experience, to make their own games. While its proprietary GameMaker Language (GML) enables more advanced users to develop more detailed gaming experiences.
Game creators can also access a wealth of high-quality demos and tutorials for free, created specifically to introduce new users to the fundamentals of game design and get quickly up to speed with the basics of GameMaker. These include the recently released Little Town tutorial designed by award-winning developer Benjamin Rivers, and Fire Jump, designed by our in-house development team.
Earlier this year, YoYo Games was acquired by browser developer and consumer internet brand, Opera, with GameMaker forming the cornerstone of Opera’s new Opera Gaming division - alongside Opera GX - the world’s first browser built specifically for gamers. Stuart Poole, GM at YoYo Games, said: “Our vision has always been to try and make it as easy as possible for anyone to make their own awesome games and today’s announcement represents a major milestone in the realisation of that vision. By making GameMaker free for everyone, we’re removing a major barrier so that anyone can try game making for the first time and start to unleash their inner creativity without any time limits.” Krystian Kolondra, EVP PC & Gaming at Opera, added: “We’ve already seen the gradual lowering of technical hurdles resulting in the democratization of both content publishing, through platforms like WordPress, and video creation through channels Vimeo and YouTube. Making games is fast becoming the next step in the creator economy and by making GameMaker free for everyone, we believe that creating games will soon become a popular part of everyday life for many people.”
We're excited for the future of GameMaker. Let's Make A Game!