Once your GameMaker Account has been converted to be a Education Licence Management Account, your Account will have two new sections, labelled Seats and Seat Managers. To start with, in the Seats section, you can assign the "seat" for the users within your institution that will be using the program - a "seat" is simply login information (username and password) that students can use to access the software.
Note that being the holder of the Education Account does not permit you to log in to GameMaker using the accounts login information, it only permits you to manage seats and buy product licences. This means that when you set things up you will need to use the seat login too.
Initially there are no seats assigned to your account and only the GameMaker Education Free licence will be shown, with one seat available (this one seat will be used by everybody to log into GameMaker):
The section Assigning Seat IDs To A Licence further down in this article explains how to assign your licences to seats.
If you are purchasing directly from YoYo Games, you can purchase licences from the GameMaker -> Products section of your dashboard. Before continuing to purchase any GameMaker licenses you should make sure that the systems which are going to be using the program meet the requirements that are outlined in our 'Technical Setup Info' guide. See our Purchasing Licences guide for more information.
Please note that when purchasing, you'll only need to purchase 1 (one) licence - This licence will have unlimited logins.
Assigning Seat IDs To A Licence
If you haven't created a seat yet, then you should go ahead and create the seat to be used by students, as well as any teachers in your institution.
To create a new seat, you need to be on the Seats section of your Account Dashboard 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 later. Below that is a list of the licences that the seat can have 'Access to...' Here you'll see 'Free' and any site licences you have purchased. You can select the licence that you want to assign the seat to use.
Once you have created and assigned seats they will be shown on the Seats page for the account:
Note that all usernames created for seats will be appended with a randomly-generated seed value, to ensure that a username is unique. We'd recommend not using email addresses in the username - some users have reported that, particularly with longer domain names, they experience login issues doing this. The resulting combination of username and value will be required to log into the GameMaker IDE, as shown here:
Note that once created this seat will be used by all parties to log in to the IDE. Once created the name/password cannot be changed so if either of these operations are required, please delete and recreate the seat.
It may be that you are purchasing Site Licences at a district level or are not going to be persoanlly using the licences you purchase in the classroom so want to allow another teacher to be in control of a site licence and be responsible for assigning seats, but you don't want them to have Master access to administer your GameMaker Account.
For example, the staff member that will be purchasing the licences and the staff member(s) that will be running the classrooms and using the seat are different people.
In these cases you can add them as a Seat Manager from the section of the same name:
Here you should click on the button "New Seat Manager" and then go on to fill in the email address of the person you wish grant the permission, as well as the licence that they will be able to assign:
IMPORTANT! The email that is given here must also be associated with a GameMaker Account but should not be a GameMaker Account that is itself an Education Licence Management Account.
Once you have assigned a Seat Manager, they will show up on the main Seat Manager screen:
The Seat Manager them self will now have a new option from their Account dashboard for 'Seats', and if they click on it, they will be shown a simpler version of the Master account seat administration page:
The manager can now assign seats or remove them, as explained in the sections above.
As you have given the Seat Manager your purchased licence, you will no longer have access to it unless you choose to Remove the Seat Manager, this functionality can be found on the Seat Managers page listed above.
You're now ready to use your seat login in the GameMaker IDE!
If you encounter any issues during the setup process that are not answered in this set of articles, please send our Support Team a message through our Contact Us Page.