Getting GameMaker Studio 2 For Education

Once you have verified your education account and been granted an Education Licence, you will need to log in to your YoYo Account and then go to the Licence page.


Once you have logged in and gone to your licence page, you will see that you can download GameMaker Studio 2 from a button at the top of the page and also assign "seats" for the users within your institution that will be using the program (a "seat" is simply the username and login information for a machine that will be using GameMaker Studio 2, and which will later be assigned to one of the Licenses you have on your account).

Note that being the holder of the Education Licence does not permit you to download and log in to GameMaker Studio 2 using this licence, it only permits you to assign seats and buy further product licences. This means that when you set things up you will need to assign a seat for yourself too.

Initially there are no seats assigned to your account:


If you only wish to use the GameMaker Studio 2 Trial version, then you can go ahead and start adding seats to your account (skip down to the section on Assigning Seats To A Licence), but if you wish to lift the limits of the trial licence or create executables for a target platform, you will need to buy one or more of the available GameMaker Studio 2 licences and assign seat IDs to them:


Before continuing to purchase any GameMaker Studio licenses you should make sure that the systems which are going to be using the program meet the minimum specifications listed here:

Please make sure the Trial version works firstly.

Upgrading From GameMaker: Studio 1.4

If you have a previously purchased licence for any of the GameMaker: Studio 1.4 modules, then you will be eligible for a 50% discount on the regular upgrade price (as shown in the image above for the Desktop GameMaker Studio 2 Licence), and when you go to purchase an upgrade you will be given the choice of which licence to use, or no licence (purchase full price):


Once you have selected the payment option you require you can continue to add further licences or you can view your Basket.

Note that when upgrading from GameMaker: Studio 1.4 the options available will be limited as follows:

  • GM:S 1.4 Pro Licence                               - GMS2 Desktop
  • GM:S 1.4 Android or iOS Licence               - GMS2 Mobile
  • GM:S 1.4 HTML5 Licence                          - GMS2 Web
  • GM:S 1.4 UWP / Windows Phone Licence   - GMS2 UWP

Those users with a GM:S 1.4 Master Collection licence will have upgrade paths available for all GMS2 licences.

Buying Additional Licenses

When you buy or upgrade a Licence, it is for 12 months only, and after this time you will need to re-purchase to continue using it. You also need to specify the number of "seats" that will be using it, with a minimum purchase of 5 seats per licence (but it can be more):


Before continuing, please make sure the purchase details - shown on the right of the image above - are correct, and make any changes required from your Profile page (see the section on Account Details in this article). If everything is correct then you can click the Proceed to Payment button. This will take you to the Payments page where you can select the form of credit card payment to use, and then give the details of the credit card being used.

Once the purchase has been confirmed you will be returned to the YoYo Account page and shown a receipt of the purchase, and an email will be sent to the account holder address with a full receipt too.


If you return to your Licences page for the account, you should see that the new GameMaker Studio 2 licence(s) will be shown, along with any previous GameMaker: Studio 1.4 licences:


Assigning Seat IDs To A Licence

If you haven't created any seat IDs yet, then you should go ahead and create seat ID accounts for each computer that will be using the licensed product. 

To create a new seat ID, you need to be on the Licences page for your YoYo Account and then simply click the Create a new seat button. This will take you to the following page where you need to give some basic information about the user that will be assigned to the seat:


Here you give a username and password combination which will be required to log in to GameMaker Studio 2 later. If you have not purchased any further GameMaker Studio licences, then the Access to... field will show the Trial Licence that was automatically granted you when you made the education account. You can create and assign as many seat IDs as you wish to use with the Trial version of GameMaker Studio 2, but if you wish to export projects as executables, or lift the limits from the Trial version, then you will need to buy a different licence, as explained above.

Once you have purchased any of the available licences you will have a new Access to... option with the licence(s) you have bought being shown. If you do not select any of the shown options, then the seat ID will automatically be assigned to the Trial Licence:


Once you have created and assigned seats they will be shown on the Licences page for the account:


Note that all usernames created for seats will be appended with a randomly-generated seed value. The resulting combination of username and value will be required to log into the GameMaker Studio 2 IDE, as shown here:


Important! Once a seat ID has been used to log in to GameMaker Studio 2, both the seat ID and the computer running the GMS2 IDE will be linked, and you cannot use the seat ID to log in to GMS2 on any other machine.

Note that if you wish to change the licence that a seat ID has been assigned to, then you will have to remove the seat from the Education account and re-create it, as individual seats cannot be changed once created

Removing Seats

You can remove a seat ID from any paid/upgraded licence at any time, and this will "free up" the seat for you to add a new license to. To remove a seat, simply click the Delete button to the side of the seat. This will show a prompt in the browser asking if you are sure:


Clicking "Okay" will remove the seat ID and free up the seat for the licence if it was a paid licence, meaning that the seat can be reassigned to another seat ID (so, seats can be re-used, but seat ID's can't).


The general flow for getting, installing and using GameMaker Studio 2 looks like this:

  • Create a YoYo Account to administrate the Education Licence.
  • Contact YoYo Games to verify the account.
  • Download GameMaker Studio 2 and install on all the machines that will be using it.
  • Purchase (or upgrade) any additional licences as required. 
  • Create seat IDs for the users (don't forget to make one for the Account Administrator), and assign them to the correct licence.
  • Run GameMaker Studio 2 and when prompted to log in, use the seat ID username and password.

 If you have any issues with this process, please contact the YoYo Games Helpdesk.



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