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Simplified testing and deployment
Test your Creators Program game on your own Xbox console in Dev Mode. No dev kit needed. As long as your game follows standard Store policies, you do not need any other approval before taking your game to Xbox and Windows 11.
The power of Xbox services
Integrating Xbox services into your game gives you access to over 55 million users and includes features that will help players discover and engage with your game, including: Xbox presence, Leaderboards, Cloud Saves, Game Hubs, Clubs, Party Chat, Game DVR, and more.
Creators Education Program
The Xbox Creators Program partners with schools through the Creators Education Program to empower students with the tools and skills necessary to launch and market a successful game on Xbox and Windows 11. If you’re an educator, contact us for all program details.CONTACT US
Creators Program Game Showcase
Frequently asked questions
Yes, Creators Collection games can have DLC and in-game purchases if the developer chooses.
On Xbox, which offers gamers a curated Store experience, games published through Creators Program will be sold in the Creators Collection. This offers a balance between ensuring an open platform where anyone can develop and ship a game, and a curated Store experience consoles gamers have come to know and expect. On Windows 11, Creators Program games will be sold among all other games in the standard Microsoft Store.
We’re committed to ensuring multiplayer and Achievements on Xbox are a great experience, and that requires additional development and certification resources. Multiplayer and achievements aren’t supported for Creators Program games to enable us to ensure gamers on Xbox continue to have the great experience they’ve come to expect. Developers that want access to the full set of Xbox services features have the option to apply and enroll in the ID@Xbox program.
Developers can publish games through both ID@Xbox and the Creators Program, on a title-by-title basis. However, they can’t publish the same game through both programs at the same time.
Yes, simply head to xbox.com/id and apply. The ID@Xbox team will respond and explain the transition steps.
Games created through the Xbox Creators Program will be distributed in the Creators Collection section of the Store. A game developer can apply to transition from the Xbox Creators Program to the ID@Xbox program, bringing their game from the Creators Collection to the rest of the store.
Yes, all Creators Program games will need the free IARC ratings available in Windows Dev Center. Regions that aren’t part of the IARC will have the opportunity to acquire certification manually, and after proof of certification, can then be published in the Creators Collection.
While we want to give developers more choices in how they bring their games to Xbox, we have enforcement procedures in place to ensure developers and their games adhere to our Store policies and Developer Code of Conduct - inappropriate content will be flagged and reviewed through our certification system and the Store is regularly audited. On Xbox, you can report inappropriate content on the game’s product page in the Store. And because these games are rated, all family and privacy settings that use game ratings will work just the same.