When a few of you suggested I put my Flash games on Kongregate, I was skeptical at first. For all of you not familiar with Kongregate, it’s a Flash game site where you upload your games and are paid a portion of the revenue that they receive from the ads on their site. It starts at 25%, goes up to 40% if your game is exclusive to their site, and ratchets up to 50% if you implement their API. Additionally, they have weekly and monthly contests with fairly significant cash prizes, with the top prizes being $250 for the weekly contests and $1500 for the monthly contest.
Before posting Bureau of Steam Engineering, my first Flash game, I decided that whatever little money I made I would donate to charity; after all, Kongregate doesn’t even pay out until you’ve earned over $25, so it wasn’t likely I’d make anything. While BSE didn’t fail, it didn’t exactly flourish; to this day I’ve only made about $37 from it. The Codex of Alchemical Engineering, on the other hand, did a little better, bringing in around $300 by mid January, in addition to the $250 I won in the weekly contest at the end of December. Needless to say, I was quite surprised.
It took me a long time to find a suitable charity, but in the end I settled on Freedom from Hunger. From their website:
“Freedom from Hunger brings innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. Together with local partners, we equip families with resources they need to build futures of health, hope and dignity.”
They’re big on microcredit (since 1988!), and tie it to education and health support to help the borrowers succeed, with the goal of bootstrapping people out of poverty. They’re also not very large, so I like to think the money might mean more to them than a larger charity.
I received the January payment from Kongregate today and fired off a $500 donation to Freedom from Hunger, which when combined with my job’s charity matching program, resulted in a whoppingly awesome $1,000 donation. I want to thank you guys for playing my games and giving me a reason to make them, as well as suggesting I put them on Kongregate in the first place.