October 22, 2015

How to feature your game on Givesupport.to

In this blog post we will explain how you as a developer or publisher can add your game to the catalog of Givesupport.to!

Givesupport.to is not just a distribution platform that you can use to generate additional revenue. It is also as a marketing tool that helps you generate more awareness for your game on YouTube and Twitch! You can register your account by clicking here, or continue reading on to see what we, as a platform, are looking for!

Registering your account

First, head over to the Givesupport.to and register your account. Once you have registered your account, you will be able to add your product. It will take just a couple of minutes!

Log intto the administration panel, and click on 'Products'.  From the drop-down menu, select 'Add Product'. All fields that are required for submitting your product for review are indicated with a red star (*). Keep in mind that the more information you provide, the better your product will perform in the store and the quicker your product gets approved by Givesupport.to!

Here are some tips that you could use when filling out the form:
  • Description: Fill in the game's features and story. You probably have already written this text because you are also selling your game on other distribution platforms so to save time you can simply copy & paste that particular text!
  • MSRP: Enter the price that you are also maintaining on other distribution platforms! In our review, we will check if the price of your product matches the price on Steam and other platforms. 
  • Genres: You can select multiple genres, but we recommend you using up to five genres, making it easier for store owners to identify your game for what it is. 

Images

You can add up to four images. These will be displayed on the product page of your game, and on the store front pages. The first image slot will be the main image that will be displayed on the stores of store owners, we highly recommend that you put the logo of your game on the center of this particular screenshot! 

You can upload PNG or JPEG images with an aspect ratio of 16:9. We will automatically re-size your images to the appropriate measurements. We will also automatically crop your images in case they do not match the 16:9 aspect ratio.

When a product has all the required information and is approved it will be displayed as this picture.

Revenue split

By default the revenue split is set on 70% for the product owner (developer/publisher), 15% for the store owner (content creator) and 15% for Givesupport.to. Since you are the owner of the product, you can choose to change the revenue split to your preference. Consider the following: changing the revenue split in the advantage of the content creators, increases the chances that the content creator will promote or feature your game.

In order to maximize results, we have compiled a three tips regarding the revenue split:
  1. If you have properly marketed your game, consider keeping the default revenue split in the first few weeks following the launch of the game.
  2. When you are about to release a major content update, consider adjusting the revenue split in the favor of the store owners, increasing the chances that they will cover your game even though it has already been released. 
  3. It is up to you whether you want to use Givesupport.to as just a distribution tool, a marketing tool or both. You could consider mentioning Givesupport.to in your press releases, allowing store owners to instantly know where to look when they want to feature your game.

Discounts

Just like on any other distribution platform, you have the ability to discount on your game. Instead of communicating back and forth about the discount percentage and duration, we've enabled you to set the discounts yourself. We advise you to run discounts simultaneously with other major sales events.

Getting your game approved

We will review and curate every game that is submitted to Givesupport.to. Your game will only get approved when you have filled out all the required information. Your game will only show up for review once all information has been added. We will review all submissions as soon as possible.

Sometimes we might contact you with a request for more information regarding your game, or if we feel that you need to make a few adjustments to the product page. For example: we will tell you if you've uploaded low-quality screenshots, selected genres that don't match your game or if you did not  include the proper trailer. 

We aim to curate each submission within 24 hours after you have submitted all the required information. This process can go a lot faster if you make sure that you have submitted everything correctly!