GameMaker comes to Steam; makes game creation accessible

GameMaker gets a bad rap for enabling the creation of piles of half-started games. But some developers use the software to make real games that people enjoy playing–remember Mr. Karoshi?

Indie developer Rob noted that giving GameMaker away for free and hosting games through Steam Workshop makes game creation even more accessible.

What I really didn’t expect to see was it to launch with Workshop support also. Now, yes, you need the “standard” version to access uploading to the Workshop which costs £26 [$50] or thereabouts but still, let’s just pause and think about this. Steam Workshop, for those who don’t know, is a place where user generated content goes to live. It’s a place where Skyrim mods are hosted on Steam, where Team Fortress 2, Garry’s Mod stuff, Civ V mods and Dota 2 mods find a home on Steam. And now there’s a place for GameMaker games also.

At around 6 o’clock last night, every single person with a Steam account found themselves in possession of a tool that allows them to make games. And from 6 o’clock last night, for the fee of £26 to upgrade to a version where folks can make 2d games free of restrictions and punt those games out to PC and Mac outside of Steam and make money on those games if they choose, they also got a space on Steam to upload and show off their games. At 6 o’clock last night, freeware found a home on Steam.