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Direct Distribution via a Payment Processor


Features of Payment Processors:

  • They host your games and send out download links
  • They offer various payment methods (credit card, paypal, google checkout, amazon payments etc.)
  • Some handle collection and payment management for your taxes (VAT)
  • Some customize the webstore page for you so it matches the look of your website
  • Some give you the option to create discount codes and gift codes easily
  • Some handle refunds, chargebacks and have fraud detection
  • Some offer split pay features (revenue gets split between all team members automatically)
  • Some offer live stats of your sales
  • …and more (check the features of the payment processors)

Rob Fearon and Cliff Harris about the advantages of selling direct:


Digital Distribution via a Payment Processor
Payment Processor Price VAT Collection Features About Split Pay Payment Options Devs who use it
Fastspring 8.9% (0.75$ Minimum Fee) Yes Features About Yes Credit Card, PayPal, Amazon Payments and more Mode 7 Games, Squid In A Box, Clockwork Pixels, Joost van Dongen
Humble Widget ~10% Yes Features About No PayPal, Amazon Payments Tikipod, Swing Swing Submarine, Supergiant Games, Frozenbyte, More…
itch.io 0 – 100% (pay-what-you-want style) Yes Features About No Credit Card, PayPal, Amazon Payments RGCD, One-bit Punch, More…
Gumroad 5% (+ 0.25$ per transaction) Yes Features About No Credit Card, PayPal Photonstorm
SendOwl 15$ month & PayPal Fee 2.9% – 3.9% (+ 0.30$ per transaction) No Features About No Credit Card, PayPal Introversion Software
BMT Micro 9.5% (1.25$ Minimum Fee) Yes Features About Yes Credit Card, PayPal, Amazon Payments and more Positech, MoaCube, Rake In Grass, Blendogames, Grey Alien Games
PayPal 2.9% – 3.9% (+ 0.30$ per transaction) No Features About No PayPal (obviously) Instant Kingdom, Kloonigames
Desura Widget (bankrupt in june 2015) ~15% Yes Features About No PayPal, Credit Card Project Zomboid, Neon XSZ