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Template question!

Hello everyone!

New here at GameSalad. I just have s few quick questions regarding templates. I'm currently looking at the marketplace and have found some awesome templates I'd like to purchase.

Questions:
1.) Am I allowed to rename the template?
2.) Because it is not my own creation, even after publishing it on the App Store, does the creator earn some percentage for every purchase or do I own the template?
3.) Can I leave the template AS IS and publish it to the App Store?

Thank you for your time!

Comments

  • tatiangtatiang Posts: 11,698Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Senior Sous-Chef

    Welcome!

    1. Yes. You can call the game whatever you like.
    2. No. You own the template and you own the game you end up publishing.
    3. No. You would need to change the template to "make it your own." This may involve adding different graphics, altering the gameplay, adding/removing levels, etc.

    Also check the description of the template(s) you want to purchase to see if the artwork is included in the price of the template.

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  • SocksSocks London, UK.Posts: 12,822Member
    edited June 2014

    1.) Am I allowed to rename the template?

    Yes, as long as you include the word 'Flappy' in the title. (seriously, name it what you want).

    2.) Because it is not my own creation, even after publishing it on the App Store, does the creator earn some percentage for every purchase or do I own the template?

    30% goes to Apple, 60% goes to the Royal National Care Home for War Injured Flappy Birds, 5% goes to me for answering your post and you keep the other 5%. (but seriously, you own what you create using the template, nothing goes to the creator).

    3.) Can I leave the template AS IS and publish it to the App Store?

    That depends on whether the artwork is free to use (most templates allow you to use the included artwork, a few don't you'd need to check) . . . but generally speaking - and unless state otherwise - you are free to publish the template as is, but it's a fairly cynical money grabbing route to take, and you will be just cluttering up the App Store with another template clone which will almost certainly not make many sales - and even if it did do moderately well there's nothing to stop dozens of people spotting your success and buying and uploading the same template and cannibalising your sales, this is the kind of approach that is turing the App Store into a template slum !

    But technically speaking you are free to do as you please with a template you've bought except sell it as a template.

  • frbe11057frbe11057 Posts: 4Member
    edited June 2014

    Hahaha thanks for your answers! I do appreciate it. One last question, I'm looking at the description and there is no mention if all the artwork is included in the price of the template. Should I assume it is included?

    @Socks said:
    1.) Am I allowed to rename the template?

    Yes, as long as you include the word 'Flappy' in the title. (seriously, name it what you want).

    2.) Because it is not my own creation, even after publishing it on the App Store, does the creator earn some percentage for every purchase or do I own the template?

    30% goes to Apple, 60% goes to the Royal National Care Home for War Injured Flappy Birds, 5% goes to me for answering your post and you keep the other 5%. (but seriously, you own what you create using the template, nothing goes to the creator).

    3.) Can I leave the template AS IS and publish it to the App Store?

    That depends on whether the artwork is free to use (most templates allow you to use the included artwork, a few don't you'd need to check) . . . but generally speaking - and unless state otherwise - you are free to publish the template as is, but it's a fairly cynical money grabbing route to take, and you will be just cluttering up the App Store with another template clone which will almost certainly not make many sales - and even if it did do moderately well there's nothing to stop dozens of people spotting your success and buying and uploading the same template and cannibalising your sales, this is the kind of approach that is turing the App Store into a template slum !

    But technically speaking you are free to do as you please with a template you've bought except sell it as a template.

  • SocksSocks London, UK.Posts: 12,822Member

    @frbe11057 said:
    Hahaha thanks for your answers! I do appreciate it. One last question, I'm looking at the description and there is no mention if all the artwork is included in the price of the template. Should I assume it is included?

    It sounds like you are moving towards the 'buy-a-template-and-publish-it-as-is' route ?

    If that's the case I'd feel uncomfortable offering any more advice as I'd just be contributing to the pollution of the once great App Store and the eventual destruction of the indie app market.

    :smiley:

    [runs off to wash hands]

  • ironDanironDan Posts: 148Member

    I'm not sure why (Assuming you or anyone would buy a template, change the name and publish to the app store as is) The templates are just that...Templates. You can if you want, but don't expect to gain anything from it financially or as a way to develop your skills to be a creative and successful indie game developer. Basically everything in the marketplace is a clone...some are poorly done clone of a game that has come and went in the app store and others are incomplete games. I pray for the day Apple gets onboard and rejects app's in the name of the Clone Wars.

  • jonmulcahyjonmulcahy Posts: 10,376Member, Sous Chef

    Unless it states it specifically, you should always assume you can not use it.

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