In a celebration of all things GDC, GameMaker Studio 2 developer YoYo Games is giving everyone a free two week license for the engine, starting today. This is available whether or not you’ll be at the show, making it perfect for the many game jams that take place at and around the event. The Train Jam, Not Going To GDC Jam and The Heart Jam are just a few examples of these satellite experiences where creators can come together and innovate.
GameMaker Studio’s ease of use allows for quick prototyping, making it perfect for the jam environment. But even if you’re not a seasoned developer, this is a great opportunity to get into the world of game development and try it out in a powerful 2D engine, without restriction.
“GameMaker has an incredibly efficient workflow, which makes it ideal for creating games for Game Jams,” says James Cox, general manager of YoYo Games. “Everyone can now celebrate GDC by making a game, particularly by participating in Game Jam events such as Train Jam, which are hugely important to the long-term health of the industry. They enable creators from all disciplines to come together informally, experimenting with ideas that they might not otherwise be able to in a more commercial setting.
“By providing unrestricted licenses to these independent developers during this two week period, we want to give them a tool that enables quick and efficient expression. GameMaker Studio 2’s ease of use also ensures inclusivity, from a technical standpoint, is kept as high as possible.”
To grab your two week license of GameMaker Studio 2, head over to the YoYo Games website.