FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions:

How is gotm.io pronounced?

It is pronounced like "got'em" (optionally with "dot eye-o" at the end).

How can I contact you?

Through either of the options listed on our contact page.

Do you have an app?

No, but the whole website is built like an app and can be installed directly through your web browser, even on mobile.

Simply go to browser settings and click the option that says "Add to home page" (or something similar, depending on the browser).

Which platforms does Gotm work on?

Gotm works perfectly on any device (mobile, tablet or desktop) or screen size. We make sure to only show you the games that the developers have marked as supported on the platform you are currently on.

Who are we?

Gotm was founded and is being developed by the Swedish startup company Macaroni Studios. We work mostly on gotm.io but do some consultancy work as well. Feel free to contact us. More info about us is available on this about page.

Developer Questions:

Why should I host my game at Gotm?

Gotm is an awesome place for you as a developer to host your games for free. Unlike most Web-based platforms, Gotm works excellently on mobile as well and is in fact developed with a mobile-first mindset. Read more about what Gotm has to offer here.

Our goal is to enable you as a developer to focus on one thing only: making fun games. Our core philosophies

  • Hosting: You don't have to set up servers, databases or anything like that.
  • Easy to use: Very simple uploading process and dashboard to oversee your games (test your game in the browser here).
  • Instant play: All games are playable instantly for the platform(s) they are set to work on. And since it's a website, a simple link is all you need for your community to play.
  • Make money: Possibility, further down the line, to make money from your game(s). (Follow us on Twitter for developer updates.)
  • Tools: Multiplayer and matchmaking works automatically. We also have a custom plugin that enables super easy lobbies and more. More tools are added continually.

Who owns the games?

You do! Gotm owns no part of the games that you upload. You are also free to upload your game(s) to other platforms/services as well if you like.

However, Gotm will open up your uploaded pack to perform certain actions such as compressing textures and audio files, among other things. This is to ensure the best (read "fastest loading") experience possible for players. More info about our terms can be found in our Terms of Service.

Which game engines work?

Gotm only supports the open source game engine Godot. This is because Godot and its exports are very lightweight and thus well suited for the Web, even on mobile.

But since Gotm only has to work for one engine, we can tailor and optimize Gotm heavily, as well as give you as a developer tools to make your game development easier.

Which Godot versions are supported?

Official stable releases from 3.1.0 and up.

Do you support C#?

Yep! You shouldn't need to apply any special settings in the editor/export.

What is Gotm Publishing Program?

A simple and fair way for indie developers to get their game published on Nintendo Switch as well as on Gotm as a Premium Game. It also includes some marketing help.

What are Premium Games?

An upcoming section of games on Gotm that have been manually selected because of their high quality. Players have to pay a monthly fee to get access to the Premium Games library.

You have to apply for your game to be able to get into the Premium Games section. A game can become a Premium Game by either be part of Gotm Publishing Program (see above) or apply manually.

More information will be available later but you can still apply be sending an email with your game to info@gotm.io.

Can I link to Itch, Patreon and other external sites?

You are free to link to whatever you want, as long as it isn't a shady site and you're not pestering the players about your links from within the game. This is similar to IAP/micro-transactions below.

What happens if I delete my game/studio?

Deleting a game removes all data for that game, including pck, analytics, comments, etc. Deleting a studio is the same: all data related to the studio is deleted, including the games. You are in full control and if you want to remove something, it is always COMPLETELY removed (meaning that you can't undo it, so be careful)!

Can I have ads in my game?

No. You as a developer should focus only on making fun games for others to enjoy. In the future we will have ways for you to earn money through Gotm.

If developers are allowed to include ads or other ways of making money, we believe those systems will be abused and the games will be about generating money instead of being fun (the major app platforms for mobile are an excellent example of this, with most popular games having full-screen ads after every level and/or are boring to play unless you pay).

Can I have IAP/micro-transactions in my game?

No, same as with ads (see above question).

Can I sell games?

Not directly. In the future we will have ways for you to earn money through Gotm. You are free to host a demo version of your paid game though.

Sexual/mature content

You are allowed to upload games of sexual/mature content but only as private, meaning that it can only be accessed directly by its URL.

Offences may result in a ban.

If you are unsure if your game should be private, please send us a link to your game and we will judge on a case-by-case basis.

Do you make money on my game?

In the future you will be able to earn money through Gotm. When you do, we will take a small cut of that money. Apart from that, no.

What happens if the platform closes?

We will still try to keep it running for as long as possible. We will also make sure to notify everyone if that happens so those that want to can save anything relevant.