Xbox LIVE Indie Games

FAQ: Answers at a Glance

Registration

  • $99 per year membership fee. Paid membership enables you to post to the Xbox LIVE Indie Games forums to get support from the developer community. You can register without paying the membership fee and then post to the Xbox LIVE Indie Games forums, but you won't be able to submit applications to the Xbox LIVE Indie Games.
  • $0 membership fee if you're a DreamSpark student
  • You must have a Windows Live ID to register. If you don't have one, go to Windows Live and create one.
  • If you have a valid registration for a Creators Club Online premium membership, your registration or membership is automatically transferred to Xbox LIVE Indie Games.

Xbox 360

You can register as an individual.


Submission

Xbox 360

  • Paid members may submit up to 20 games to Xbox LIVE Indie Games.
  • Student members may access XNA Game Studio Connect, but can't make submissions to Xbox LIVE Indie Games.
  • Non-Adult member (17 years old or younger) with paid / pre-paid membership may not submit games.

Certification/Peer Review

Xbox 360

  • Xbox 360 games must pass peer review before being published to Xbox LIVE Indie Games.
  • You can find peer review guidelines here: Xbox LIVE Indie Games Peer Review Guide.
  • There's no cost for peer review.

Pricing

Xbox 360

  • Games must be less than 500 MB.
  • Can be priced at 80 (for games less than 150 MB), 240, or 400 Microsoft Points.
  • You can change the price of your game once every 7 days.

Payments

  • All revenue share calculations are done on transactions for which Microsoft was able to collect money.
  • You'll be paid 70% of all application sales as your revenue share.
  • You'll be responsible for paying all taxes on the payments you receive.
  • Payments are made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) to your bank account.
  • Registration of your bank account and updates to your account are made through your Xbox LIVE Indie Games profile.

Xbox 360

In general, payments will be processed:

  • Up to 45 days after the quarter ends
  • Payment is initiated when the collection total meets or exceeds $150.
  • Collection totals are tabulated quarterly.

Application Features and Updates

  • You can submit updates to your apps/games at no cost.
  • Microsoft pushes a notification automatically to all users who purchased your app/game. The user has the to option to install the update.
  • You can't charge for an application update.
  • Applications distributed through Windows Phone Marketplace are licensed for installation on as many as five phones associated with the Windows Live ID account of the purchaser.

Regional Information

Xbox 360

Can submit in these countries:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • Japan

Can play in these countries:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • France
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Sweden
  • Singapore
  • Spain


Languages Supported

Xbox 360

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Japanese

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