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The Game Maker Fund
Learn more about the Game Maker Fund and how to successfully apply to get involved.

Introduction

The Game Maker Fund is an initiative that supports game designers in The Sandbox.
The Game Maker Fund's purpose is to reward and incentivise those who have proven skills in game design or digital world design to help them produce and publish excellent games and experiences for players of The Sandbox to visit, play and enjoy.
Check out some of the amazing projects that are already part of the Game Maker Fund:

How do you apply?

To apply for the Game Maker Fund, you will need to fill in an application form. The link to this application form is included at the bottom of this page. Please read the rest of the information here before applying, as it will help your chances of getting accepted.

Before you apply - Registering

Before applying for the Game Maker Fund, you will need to have registered an account on The Sandbox.
Once you have a Sandbox account, you will then need to download the Game Maker software and link your Sandbox account to it.
Once you have downloaded the Game Maker make sure you try it out and test the features before applying for the fund. This will give you an idea of what could be done within your creation.
You should also take a look at the Game Maker's current news, features and mechanics here: https://www.sandbox.game/en/create/game-maker/.

Before you apply - Writing a good proposal

Now that you understand the basics of how the Game Maker works, you will need to write and submit a proposal of your project. This may involve:
  • A list of ASSETs that you would need.
  • A list of features that you may need.
  • A well-presented document (ie, written with Microsoft Word, Google Drive, etc) that describes your game. Including what the player would need to do what the game would include and involve, what the objective of the game is. And so on.
  • Mock-ups, images, storyboards and so on to help us get a vision of your proposed game.
  • Whether you are a solo designer or a team of designers. And also descriptions about yourself and your experiences in game design or digital world design, including links to proof and a portfolio.
  • How many months it may take you to complete the project, including milestones to achieve.
  • How much LAND you think may reasonably be required for your project.
The more detail you submit in your application, the greater the chances are of you being accepted into the fund. We are looking for extremely high quality ideas - so take your time to formulate a great proposal.

Game Design Document (GDD) Template - Download

We have a Game Design Document template readily available for you to download and use to submit your proposal to us.
This document will help you to define to us the art style, ASSETs needed, Game Maker features required, project versions and delivery times for your proposal.
You can submit as many individual proposals as you like.

Before you apply - Understanding the funding

Successful applicants will receive fund grants ranging from $4,000 to $30,000 per game. These funds will be released in phases. The amount of funding the successful applicant will be granted depends on several factors, such as the scale and complexity of the game experience.
On top of this, your game will receive free marketing exposure in The Sandbox's marketplace for a 6-month period.

Apply for the Game Maker Fund

To apply for the game Maker Fund, you will need to complete an application.
Best of luck with your application.

More information & helpful links

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