YoYo Games today announces that the Windows 8 export option is available as a free update for new and existing GameMaker: Studio STANDARD, PROFESSIONAL and MASTER COLLECTION customers. Developers can now prepare and submit Windows Style UI games to Microsoft for publishing on the Windows Store very quickly and easily thanks to GameMaker: Studio’s one click exporting. GameMaker: Studio will also soon be available to purchase in the Windows 8 Desktop Store. GameMaker: Studio for Windows Phone 8 will be available following device availability later this year.

In conjunction with today’s launch of GameMaker: Studio for Windows 8, YoYo Games has published three titles to the Windows Store with more to be published very soon. “Froad,” “Reflexions” and “Simply Solitaire Pro” are available now for $1.49.

To celebrate the launch of Windows 8, YoYo Games is hosting a competition and giving away exciting prizes to developers that publish GameMaker: Studio games to the Windows Store by December 8. For more information on how to enter, please visit http://www.yoyogames.com/competitions/windows-8.

Additionally, YoYo Games is offering GameMaker 8.1 customers heavy discounts for upgrading to GameMaker: Studio. An upgrade to GameMaker: Studio STANDARD is $25 and an upgrade to GameMaker: Studio PROFESSIONAL is $50 via www.yoyogames.com. The promotion begins next week and is valid through the end of the calendar year.

For more information about how to get started with GameMaker: Studio for Windows 8, please visit www.yoyogames.com.

GameMaker: Studio has been developed with usability and efficiency at its core, allowing developers to create games in a single code base and then export and run them natively on multiple formats including Chrome, Facebook, Google Play, iTunes, the App Store, OS X and the Windows Store. GameMaker: Studio offers a powerful, yet simple to use drag-and-drop integrated development environment with a built-in games-oriented scripting language that considerably increases games development productivity. GameMaker: Studio is a best-of-breed platform that caters to entry-level novices and seasoned game development professionals equally.

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