Portal deals

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  1. Teeth

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    Hi all,

    I've a friend who has a prototype of a game, which has elicited some interest from certain portals.

    The game has one chapter developed (of a potential 5-ish) to a near-release standard, although the publishers have seen only an earlier video with an amount of placeholder art.

    What kinds of deals are commonly offered for titles at this stage in development?

    Particularly:

    - Do portals often pay advances on royalties to cover development?
    - How restrictive do the deals get as the advances increase in size? Presumably for complete products the deals are approaching something sensible, and going backwards in development terms the deals get progressively sourer?
    - What kinds of restrictions and clauses can be expected (e.g. lose the IP, right of first/last refusal, modifications to the brand, stuff like this)?
    - The game has certain (uncontroversial) aspects that make it slightly unusual portal fare: is it even worth going with portals for something that isn't similar to the usual top ten games, particularly if funding is being sought?

    Many thanks.

    Alex
     
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  2. JGOware

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    I would probably just send them the game and see if they reply with an offer.
     
  3. Executrix

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    No, especially no if you are unknown, unless your game is extraordinarily ground breaking. You may be able to find a publisher willing to spot you a few k, but they will expect to get half or more of the end profit, and, as acting publisher they will get their logo instead of yours along with all of the portal logos.
     
  4. hddnobjcttmmngmntmtch3rlz

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    Are you talking casual portals, or more core portals?
     
  5. Teeth

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    There are different kinds? They all seem similar to me. Can you give examples of the two kinds?
     
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    Steam (hardcore)
    BigFishGames (casual)

    JC
     

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