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Microsoft Launches XBox Live Creators Program

Paul Ballard

1 Mar , 2017  

A new game developer program from Microsoft allows for fast, simultaneous publishing of Xbox Live-enabled games to Xbox One and Windows 10.

Announced at this week’s Game Developer Conference, the Xbox Live Creators Program is currently in preview. Developers who sign up gain access to the Xbox Live Creators SDK, and can integrate the following features into their games, according to Microsoft:

  • Xbox Live sign-in and profile, including gamertag.

  • Xbox Live presence, recently played and activity feed.

  • Xbox Live social, including friends, Game Hubs, clubs, party chat, gameDVR and Beam broadcast.

  • Xbox Live leaderboards and feature stats.

  • Title Storage and Connected Storage.

Participating developers can build games using┬áConstruct 2, MonoGame, Unity and Xenko, then ship them to either Xbox One, Windows 10 or both. Games built under the program will appear in a special ‘Creators’ section in the Xbox Store.

The new program aims to simplify the process for getting games into the Xbox Store without the need for a lengthy certification or concept approval. Developers can apply here and start building, with Microsoft saying publishing will be available in the near future.

However, the Xbox Live features available under the Creators Program are limited. Anyone who wants to take advantage of the full set of Xbox Live features, plus marketing and development support, will still need to join Microsoft’s existing ID@Xbox program.… Read more

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Buildbox Now Supports UWP Game Building

Paul Ballard

23 Jun , 2016  

Codeless game-building tool Buildbox has added support for the Universal Windows Platform, making it easy to create games and export them to the Windows Store, Windows mobile devices and XBox One, Microsoft announced Thursday.

For those not familiar with Buildbox, its drag-and-drop interface allows users to build games without writing a single line of code, using the software’s preset options to add characters, backgrounds and levels.

Sound like cheating? Tell that to Color Switch creator David Reichelt, who built his addictive obstacle game in a week using Buildbox and saw it top the iTunes download chart for more than a month, hitting upwards of 80 million downloads so far.

Buildbox 2.1, the latest version, supports 17 platforms in all, including iOS, Android and Amazon. It also includes a new particle effect creator that allows developers to add and edit visual effects like fire and smoke.

To sweeten the pot for developers interested in experimenting Buildbox, Microsoft has teamed up with video advertising service Vungle to offer a $500 bonus to anyone who uses the software to create a Windows 10 Desktop game that meets certain minimum criteria. Details are here.

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