6 Ways To Make Money From Your Flash Game

Written By MrSun at 12:00 pm - Saturday, August 02nd, 2008
Categories: Flash

Image by Dani SimmondsLike it or not, we all love money. Making flash games can usually get you some of it. Here’s a list of a few ways to do so.

1. Get it Sponsored

This is the most common way that game developers use to get money, If you don’t know what it is, it’s basically when a website owner of an online arcade site pays you to put their logo and a link to their site into your game. This way, they get more hits to their site, turning into revenue for them. Everybody wins, unless the game turns out to be awful, in which case only you would win. Visit Flash Game Sponsorship for more information on the subject. Also, Flash Game License is a free service which helps with the sponsorship process.

2. Self Host Your Games

Many arcade site owners are developers themselves, and make a lot of money by making their game only accessible on their site. They do this by site locking it. Money is earned through this method through the advertisements that are placed throughout the site. Probably the most successful application of this method was made by Ezone.com.

3. In-Game Advertisements

This form of money making is relatively new on the net, and has become very popular since its creation. The greatest part about this form of monetization is that you can usually use it along with one of the above methods. I myself haven’t had too much success with them (probably because my games aren’t the most popular), but if you really create an amazing game, you will definitely reap the benefits as time goes on, without doing any work. Here is a list of in-game ad services:

There have also been rumors that Google would soon join this list.

4. Sell it Commercially

This is probably the toughest way to make money from your flash game. But, it also pays the most. I’m not too sure about the details, but you probably have to sign a contract even before you make your game. But then again, I don’t know for sure. Some companies that buy games include Cartoon Network and Candystand

5. Make a Premium Version of your Game

This method has become pretty successful for some games, but I don’t really recommend it. Gamers hate it when they have to pay money for anything. All of the other methods only require either webmasters or advertisers to pay.

6. Implement API’s

This is a very easy way to make money from your games. Some websites will pay you to implement their high score API’s into your game. Hallpass and Gamebrew are both offering money for implementation of their API’s.