Once your GameMaker Account has been converted to an Education Licence Management Account, your Account will have two new sections, labelled Seats and Seat Managers. To start with, in the Seats section, you can assign the "seat" for the users within your institution that will be using the program - a "seat" is simply login information (username and password) that students can use to access the software.
Note that being the holder of the Education Account does not permit you to log in to GameMaker using your account's login information, it only permits you to manage seats. This means that when you're all set up, you will need to use the seat login too.
When you initially log in, there are no seats assigned to your account and your GameMaker Education licence will be shown, with one seat available (this one seat will be used by everybody to log into GameMaker):
The section Assigning Seat IDs To A Licence further down in this article explains how to assign your licence to a seat.
Before creating any GameMaker seats, you should make sure that the systems which are going to be using the program meet the requirements that are outlined in our 'Technical Setup Info' guide. See our Education Licences guide for more information.
Assigning Seat IDs To your GameMaker Education Licence
If you haven't created a seat yet, then you should go ahead and create the seat to be used by students, as well as any teachers in your institution.
To create a new seat, you need to be on the Seats section of your Account Dashboard and then simply click the Create a new seat button. This will take you to the following page where you need to give some basic information about the user that will be assigned to the seat:
Here you give a username and password combination which will be required to log in to GameMaker later. Below that is a list of the licences that the seat can have 'Access to...' Here you'll see any legacy or site licences you had previously purchased alongside your GameMaker Education licence (this is the one you should use going forward). You should select that licence to assign to your seat.
Once created, they will be shown on the 'Seats' page for your account:
Note that all usernames created for seats will be appended with a randomly generated seed value, to ensure that the username is unique. We'd recommend not using email addresses in the username - some users have reported that, particularly with longer domain names, they experience login issues doing this. The resulting combination of username and value will be required to log into the GameMaker IDE, as shown below. To reach the login page, please select the "Legacy Account? sign in here" :
Note that once created this seat will be used by all parties to log in to the IDE. Once created the name/password cannot be changed so if either of these operations are required, please delete and recreate the seat.
It may be that your Licence is not going to be directly by yourself, so want to allow another teacher to be in control of a site licence and be responsible for assigning seats but you don't want them to have Master access to administer your GameMaker Account.
For example, the staff member who will be managing the licences (IT personnel, for instance) and the staff member(s) who will be running the classrooms and using the seats are different people.
In these cases you can add them as a Seat Manager from the section of the same name:
Here you should click on the button "New Seat Manager" and then go on to fill in the email address of the person you wish to grant the permission, as well as the licence that they will be able to assign:
IMPORTANT! The email that is given here must also be associated with a GameMaker Account but should not be a GameMaker Account that is itself an Education Licence Management Account.
Once you have assigned a Seat Manager, they will show up on the main Seat Manager screen:
The Seat Manager themself will now have a new option from their Account dashboard for 'Seats', and if they click on it, they will be shown a simpler version of the Master account seat administration page:
The manager can now assign seats or remove them, as explained in the sections above.
As you have given the Seat Manager access to your GameMaker Education licence, you will no longer have access to it unless you choose to Remove the Seat Manager, this functionality can be found on the Seat Managers page listed above.
You're now ready to use your seat login in the GameMaker IDE!
If you encounter any issues during the setup process that are not answered in this set of articles, please send our Support Team a message through our Contact Us Page.