State of GameSalad on 6/30/2015...
Hi everyone! It's been awhile since I've made a State of GameSalad post. We've got some big news so I figured I ought to dust off my keyboard and let you guys know what's going on personally.
Earlier in May, our CEO stepped down and I've stepped into the role. Part of this leadership change involves taking a hard look at the business. I've looked at things and we've made some changes to how we operate because of that. The gist of these changes is that we're focusing solely on the core business of GameSalad. What does that mean to you? Let's dig right in...
Business Model Changes
The biggest news, by far, is that we're moving to a free trial business model for GameSalad Creator. This means there's no more free version of GameSalad Creator. All existing free users will get 15 days to try GameSalad Creator before having to make their purchase decision.
During the free trial period, all of the features of GameSalad Creator are available: networking, platform publishing, ads, etc. After the free trial period, users must purchase to continue using GameSalad Creator.
This is necessary because too many people are using the tools for free and we're not meeting our revenue goals.
New Basic Plan
We're introducing a new pricing plan GameSalad Basic. This plan is $19/month ($199/year) and allows unlimited access to GameSalad Creator. The only limitation on GameSalad Basic is that you cannot publish to anywhere but to Arcade.
What about Pro?
The GameSalad Pro plan is essentially unchanged. The main difference between GameSalad Basic and GameSalad Pro is that you can publish to mobile devices with GameSalad Pro. The price is still $29/month ($299/year).
Product Development Changes
This refocusing on the core business means that we're putting all resources behind GameSalad Creator. The outcome of this is that we're releasing more builds and fixes than ever before. Perhaps you've already noticed the drastically improved pace of development. GameSalad Creator is getting better every day. Yeah!
You may have noticed the new help icon at the bottom right of the http://gamesalad.com website. This gives you a direct line of communication with the GameSalad team. The result is faster and more relevant support. Give it a try if you have any questions!
Focus on Learning
It turns out that the vast majority of users showing interest in GameSalad Creator want to learn to make games. We're focusing on sourcing the best learning materials and getting them up at http://learn.gamesalad.com. That site is still pretty early but it'll be shaping up over the coming weeks.
GameSalad is going through some big changes. I'm excited about what this refocusing of the business will mean to you guys. Better builds... faster support... improved learning materials... It's gonna be fun!
Let me know if you have any questions or comments on this.