If I would have to name developer friendly portals, Reflexive would be on one of the top positions. Now, after release of Runes of Avalon 2 I can say that they are not only a portal that let’s you earn quite good percentage of sales price.
Do you need an e-commerce provider? Well, if you sell on your own for sure you need one. I use eSellerate, some use Plimus, a lot of developers uses BMT Micro and many others. But this may change… because if you set up affiliate account and sell your own game through it you can earn 90% of sales price, which usually is $19.95. That’s one of the lowest rates in the industry.
But that’s not all. Since they wrap your games (without putting Reflexive splash screen) you don’t have to worry about DRM. Forget about home made solutions, forget about Software Password.
And last but not least, you can use it as hosting service. No more worries about bandwidth.
The best thing about using Reflexive?
Your affiliate sales affect your game ranking. That’s right. Not only you get the same amount of money that you would get selling through other e-commerce providers, but also you can push your game up on the Reflexive charts. And because a lot of people uses Reflexive affiliate system, you can rank your game higher on their rankings too.
I tried that with Runes of Avalon 2 and after sending one newsletter to Mac subscribers our game got position #12 (Mac games, browse by top sellers). It shifted 24 spots on the chart.
Now if you decide to promote your own game this way make sure to send a download link for Reflexive version. I just sent buy now link and then received a lot of emails from customers that didn’t know how to activate the game (because version hosted on my website didn’t have “Already Paid” button).
Well, there are three:
- If you sell games for Linux, you can’t use Reflexive to sell games for this platform
- Reflexive’s DRM is not very secure. You will probably quickly find your game on crack sites
- You will probably get your money later than you would using regular e-commerce provider (for example eSellerate usually pays within 20 days of the following month)
Ah, one more – you can’t cross-sell, which is a pity.
But if you are just starting game selling business it is worth considering this option, since you not only are able to sell your game, but also get access to a lot of other games.
And Russell just told me – you can create your own support center through the affiliate program.
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