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    Announcing October Challenge 2012

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    September 27th, 2012 4:02 pm

    October is nearly here, so it’s time to kick off for October Challenge 2012!

    The October Challenge is a special Ludum Dare event I started two years ago. More and more people are making games today thanks to Game Jams and events like Ludum Dare. And more and more people talk about selling games, but don’t do it. Well, it’s time to start doing it. Put simply:

    Finish a game — Take it to market — Earn $1

    That is your goal. That is the October Challenge.

    Disregard all the usual Ludum Dare rules (no restrictions). Finish any game you previously made during a game jam, something else you’ve been working on, or heck, something entirely new. Your goal, if you choose to accept it, is to not only make something, but to finish it and do everything necessary to start earning money from it. That’s all. No specific rules or platforms. Make good on that goal or promise to start selling games.

    Finish your game before November 1st, and submit it to your respected market. That is the challenge. And once you earn your $1, you’ve done it! Easy as that. You’re now a pro.

    I’d like to invite everyone to share resources and discuss markets, business models, advertising, and anything related to making that $1. I’ve collected a list of marketplaces, vendor services, and even some opportunities you can take advantage of over here:

    October 2012 Resources and Opportunities

    If you need a place to start, you can check out this guide I wrote for our first event. Selling games isn’t just finishing it, but there is often paperwork and fees to take care of, and those take time. Do them early to make the most of your time.

    Also, do share your progress on your upcoming game with us here on the site. I’ll be opening a submission form soon to collect a list of completed games as they happen.

    Keynote Invitation

    What’s a Ludum Dare event without a keynote? On deck for the 3rd October Challenge event is Breakdance McFunkypants. Check out what he had to say here:

    I’ve posted a few FAQ answers in the comments, so look below. Good luck everyone!

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    70 Responses to “Announcing October Challenge 2012”

    1. makuto says:

      http://checkout.google.com/sell
      I think I will just embed one of these buttons onto my website in order to sell my game (then just sell it by WOM)

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