WELCOME TO MICROSOFT CASUAL GAMES!
Microsoft offers multiple opportunities to market your casual games to millions of monthly users across a suite of global portals. We offer unprecedented promotional placements for new or exclusive content, and the unique opportunity to market your game internationally and build a worldwide brand.
Microsoft platforms for casual games
By implementing a simple set of APIs, web-based and PC games are distributed through our traditional web portal, as well as through search, instant messaging, and social networks.
MSN Games is a leading casual games portal, offering free, ad-supported web games; downloadable PC games with free trials; and skill-based games. With over 1,000 high-quality games, MSN Games reaches more than 12 million monthly unique users and is fed by the wide reaching MSN network.
Window Live Messenger
Over 300 million monthly active users in 30 different countries use the rich, interactive Windows Live Messenger platform. The recently updated Windows Live Messenger service puts games front-and-center, allowing users to play dozens of single and two-player titles.
Games on Bing
Games on the Bing search engine allow gamers to access casual games via the Bing entertainment “vertical” and Bing Answer Cards. One-Click play brings players immediately from search into the gaming experience. These ad-supported games currently reach over 80 million monthly unique visitors.
Microsoft Game Hub is a social wrapper which creates a unified experience by adding Facebook and Windows Live connectivity to casual game play. Through Game Hub, players can share high scores, send challenge requests to friends, view status updates, and more.
How to submit your game
If you’d like to submit a casual web game, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
· Name of game
· Name of developer and/or publisher
· Brief description of the game, including genre/category
· Platforms where the game currently exists (web, download, social, mobile, etc.)
· URL where the web game is featured (so we can check it out)
· Contact name and email address
Please include the words "Casual Game Submission" in the subject line.
Please do not send confidential or non-public information in your email. Also note that we do receive a high volume of email and may not be able to respond to every submission. If we’re interested in discussing distribution options with you, we will contact you directly.
You’ll need to sign a mutual non-disclosure agreement with Microsoft, after which we can provide you with access to our developer support site, which includes the appropriate SDK and process documentation.
If you’d like to submit a casual, downloadable-only PC title for distribution on MSN Games, please contact Iplay at http://company.iplay.com/developers/contact/.
We thank you for your interest in our platforms and look forward to working with you!