Buying Educational Licences
There are three types of licence (two which can be purchased for students) each lasting 12 months:
- Free - $0 - This licence grants the user full, unlimited access to GameMaker IDE (Integrated Development Environment) and learning materials; No limit on number of users; Ability to test/run games from GameMaker and export to GX.games.
- Educator (Site) - $900 p/a - This licence grants the user the Desktop compile targets, which gives full access to the product and permits the user to compile projects for GX.games, Windows, macOS, and Ubuntu (Linux).
- Achiever (Site) - $1,500 p/a This licence grants the user the Desktop, Mobile, Web, and now Sony PS4 compile targets, which gives full access to the product and permits the user to compile projects for GX.games, Windows, macOS, Ubuntu (Linux), Android, Amazon Fire, iOS/tvOS, HTML5, and Sony PS4. To gain Sony PS4 access you will need to first purchase your Achiever licences and then follow the steps outlined in our Getting Access To The PS4 Export guide.
All licences are timed licences and after the selected time period is over, you will need to re-purchase to continue using the product. You can find the different licence pricing from the GameMaker Education page.
How many licences will I need to buy for my school?
Only 1. The site licence gives you access for as many users as you require and will allow you and your students to access all of the GameMaker IDEs features and exports relevant to that licence at a single location.
How many licences will I need to buy for my District?
Each school that will be using the software on any number of machines will need to have their own licence, as mentioned above.
As a district, you are able to purchase the number of licences that you need and then follow our Help Article Creating and Managing Seats to assign a licence to a Seat Manager at each of the schools, or create and manage the seats from your Education account.
Choosing currency and Adding Licences to your basket
You can now choose from a list of currency options when purchasing your licences.
You can either choose your currency on the Education page like so:
Or, you can choose your currency on the Products page, like so:
Or lastly, you can also choose to set your preferred currency on your Profile page as well.
When you have your preferred currency chosen, you can then add the licences you are needing to a basket.
Once you have selected the appropriate licence for your needs, you will also need to specify the number of "seats" that will be using it, with a minimum purchase of 1 seat (but it can be more):
Before continuing, please make sure the purchase details - shown on the right of the image above - are correct, and make any changes required from your Settings > Profile section of the Account dashboard. If everything is correct then you can click one of the payment option buttons (credit card, bank transfer or PayPal), or you can click the Continue Shopping button to add further licences.
When opting to pay by bank transfer you will also be able to create your own pro-forma invoice. This process is covered in our How to create an invoice and purchase licenses guide. Please note, your licences will not be generated until we have received payment from you.
Please note that payment directly to YoYo Games can only be made by bank transfer, PayPal or credit/debit card; we do not accept purchase orders or cheque.
After completing your purchase
Once the purchase has been confirmed you will be returned to the YoYo Account page and shown a receipt of the purchase, and an email will be sent to the account holder address with a full receipt too.
If you return to your Products page for the account, you should see that the new GameMaker licence(s) will be shown:
With your licences now purchased, it's time to create a login, we call this a ‘seat’ to attach your site licence to. Please refer to our Creating and Managing Seats article for instructions on how to do this.
If you wish to upgrade from Free licence to Educator or from Educator to Achiever licences please visit Products page and purchase the appropriate licence.
If you have any problems during the process, please Contact Our Helpdesk.