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Tizen & Appbackr program updates 20-May-2014

dgackeydgackey Austin, TXPosts: 699Key Master, Head Chef, Member, PRO GameSalad Employee
edited May 2014 in GameSalad Kitchen
UPDATE 20-MAY-2014: We just paid out Appbackr incentives for everyone who had received an offer and successfully published prior to the 2/28 program conclusion. Check your PayPal!

UPDATE 30-APR-2014: We just paid out the $50/app incentives to everyone who had successfully published prior to the 2/28 program conclusion. Please check PayPal!

UPDATE 24-APR-2014: We've received Payment from Intel and are preparing to pay out the $50/app incentives to everyone in the system who submitted prior to the 28th of Feb. It takes a few days for that amount of money to transfer into PayPal, but based on past transfer times, I would expect payments to be processed sometime in the middle of next week.

PLEASE BE SURE your payment settings are correct in before then.

Unfortunately we are still in a holding pattern with Appbackr. I am optimistic this will be resolved soon, but lawyers and contracts are involved, which is slowing things down.

UPDATE 13-MAR-2014: We're approved by Intel, all free months will be distributed next week.

We received confirmation from Intel that the 1,000 apps were approved, so we'll be crediting everyone's free months next week. The $50/app incentives will be paid as soon as we receive payment from Intel, but we have invoiced them so the ball is rolling.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the email regarding verifying game details for Tizen/Appbackr submissions. We are collating this information and submitting that final list to Appbackr. I will keep you posted as we get new information.

UPDATE 28-FEB-2014: we have hit 1,000 apps! Post updated accordingly.

Hey folks!

I know there has been a great deal of activity (and many questions) about the Tizen and Appbackr programs and I wanted to jump in here to give you an update on what's happening and how things will be proceeding.

Let's start from the top:

-- WE HAVE HIT 1,000 APPS! Thank you for participating! (Only apps submitted prior to 2:53 pm CT on Friday, 2/28 will be eligible for publishing incentives.)

-- Tizen incentive payouts: once we receive confirmation that Intel recognizes our 1,000 verified published apps, we will invoice them. Typically it takes us about 30 days to receive payment, so if we hit the cap this week, that gives you a rough idea of the timeline.

-- Free months: free months have been processed for all known validated submissions as of the 1/31 report from Appbackr. Once we have verification from Intel regarding the rest of the submissions we'll go ahead and process them too.

-- The Appbackr program was wildly successful and has now reached their cap. No new submissions will be eligible for Appbackr incentives and we will be paying out incentives to previously submitted apps every month as we get confirmation and payment from the Appbackr folks. Most of the January batch will be paid out today, but we have done some auditing and discovered that some folks weren't matched properly by Appbackr (mostly because of name changes) so I am working with them to identify those apps so we can get you paid. February's apps and all remaining Appbackr participants who got in prior to the cap should be paid next month.

-- I have a call with Appbackr later this afternoon (2/28) to go over a number of questions and open issues with them and will update once I have updates to share.

-- On general "how is Tizen doing" questions: we really don't have any inside information on this but the feedback we're getting from partners is that they're happy with the promotions and what our community was able to bring to the table. Both Intel and Samsung are huge backers of the Tizen project with lots of resources, so we think that bodes well.



Dan Magaha · COO · GameSalad, Inc · [email protected]



  • wpatenwpaten Posts: 281Member, PRO

    Thanks for the info. Just to clarify a point you made:

    "Most of the January batch will be paid out today…"

    Does this also include the apps that were submitted and approved in December? I had 4 apps approved before the new year and 6 in January.
  • AdamgoproAdamgopro Posts: 310Member
    edited February 2014
    Thanks for the info so if my app got accepted by tizen on the 8th of February does that mean i get my pro membership this week?
  • Braydon_SFXBraydon_SFX Posts: 8,981Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Bowlboy Sidekick GameSalad Employee
    Thanks for the information!
  • tarsiustudiotarsiustudio Posts: 130Member
    Thanks for the information, and needed an update on this development because every time he had more questions. Now we will all be more comfortable with the incentives and months pro with this new
  • beefy_clyrobeefy_clyro Posts: 5,390Member
    Thanks for the information! Just to confirm though @dgackey, I put my details in the publishing section and also emailed you my details as it wouldn't let me put it in the validation part of submission, I haven't heard anything back from you, should I be worried or not?
  • IsabelleKIsabelleK Posts: 2,807Member, Sous Chef
    Thanks for the info, I'm glad that you clarified all concerns and questions :)
  • -Timo--Timo- Posts: 2,313Member
    thanks for information :) now hoping that I did it right...
  • ArmellineArmelline Posts: 4,832Member, PRO
    Thanks for the update! A couple of questions:

    "Tizen incentive payouts" are the $50 per app and GS Pro months, correct? So we shouldn't be expecting any of those just yet?

    "Appbackr incentives" are the incentives that people were emailed about giving specific quotes? These are presumably what is being paid out (at least in part) todayish?

    Am I correct in assuming, then, that if you didn't get an email, you won't get an Appbackr incentive? i.e. if you didn't already have an app on the iOS store, you'll be getting just the $50 and only those pre-approved apps are being paid more?
  • BobDBobD Posts: 374Member, PRO
    I still have 2 waiting for validation. Does that mean I am missed the incentive payouts?
  • DuesDues Posts: 1,159Member
    This post will make alot of people happy! Thanks for the info! :)
  • ChunkypixelsChunkypixels Posts: 1,113Member
    I'm intrigued to know how this works with regards to the apps being validated... And how large a backlog there is between apps submitted and ones being validated.

    I published an app around a month ago, and put the validation details into the GS publishing portal as required... Which as of today still just says awaiting confirmation and payment.... Which implies either issues updating the system, or there's a sizeable delay/backlog in the apps being verified. If that's the case, and the cutoff is met, but theres still a sizeable queue unvalidated, it's probably going to lead to a lot of annoyed devs... As communication and updates on the promo have been somewhat lacking.
  • bonywabonywa Posts: 13Member
    Well I submitted my app and it was rejected and nobody seems to know how to fix it so I guess I am just gonna miss out on a whole bunch of money. Last effort... anybody here know anything about rejection due to the Center Key pausing game?
  • CodeMonsterCodeMonster ACT, AustraliaPosts: 1,078Member
    Yay I have two apps for the incensitives. I can't wait thank you gamesalad :)
  • I'm READYYY!!!! I've got game just waiting for my Pro to publish! Sooner the better!!!!
  • ArmellineArmelline Posts: 4,832Member, PRO

    I'm intrigued to know how this works with regards to the apps being validated... And how large a backlog there is between apps submitted and ones being validated.

    I have at least one game submitted in mid-December. I emailed the details as required back then, and got the confirmation email so I know they received it. I then updated the relevant fields in the Incentives tab on the publishing page when that became available.

    No sign of any money yet, so I'd not worry too much. I think that they're almost certainly counting ones that are "Awaiting Confirmation and Payment" towards the current total.
  • mounted88mounted88 Posts: 1,113Member
    Awesome update. You the man.

    He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

  • mulyincmulyinc Posts: 102Member, PRO
    Sounds good! Or even great? :) Did any one already got the payment today?

    -- Games

  • BBEnkBBEnk Posts: 1,764Member
    "Free months will be processed this week to everyone who has successfully published to Tizen per the instructions."

    Thats what I'm waiting for. :D
  • CodeMonsterCodeMonster ACT, AustraliaPosts: 1,078Member
    When the free months are processed how do i know whether I'm pro or not?
  • neomanneoman Posts: 813Member

    When the free months are processed how do i know whether I'm pro or not?

    You get an email saying you are pro once it is processed ;-)

  • FallacyStudiosFallacyStudios Posts: 970Member
    @mulyinc Yea I got paid for one of my appbackr incentives. @CodeWizard Do the payments for each game come individually?
  • EatingMyHatEatingMyHat Posts: 1,246Member
    Just to update you guys. My apps were submitted and approved in December. I just got paid by GameSalad (yes, just now).

    The incentives are coming and they are true to their word.

    GS - Thanks for a great promotion.

  • CodeMonsterCodeMonster ACT, AustraliaPosts: 1,078Member
    @EatingMyHat did ya also get your pro? :D
  • kirafukirafu Posts: 311Member
    I just upload my app yesterday,
    I still waiting for validation today.
    Does that mean I am missed the incentive payouts too?
  • mulyincmulyinc Posts: 102Member, PRO

    @mulyinc Yea I got paid for one of my appbackr incentives. @CodeWizard Do the payments for each game come individually?

    Gratulations! When do you submit it to tizen and GS?

    -- Games

  • tylerglessnertylerglessner Posts: 246Member
    Just got mine from early January! Thanks GS!
  • CodeMonsterCodeMonster ACT, AustraliaPosts: 1,078Member
    I submitted mine in mid jan. So hopefully I get it soon :D
  • EatingMyHatEatingMyHat Posts: 1,246Member

    @EatingMyHat did ya also get your pro? :D

    Not yet.

  • marplumarplu Posts: 412Member, PRO

    @EatingMyHat did ya also get your pro? :D

    Not yet.

    Same here :)
  • CodeMonsterCodeMonster ACT, AustraliaPosts: 1,078Member
    Lucky. I Havnt got anything yet :(
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