Manticore Games Launches Monetization System for Core Platform

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Dubbed Perks, the system is designed to give creators — who build, publish and share games — a 50 percent revenue share and full control over how they monetize their games.

Independent game company Manticore Games unveiled on Tuesday a monetization system for its free video game creation platform Core, making it easier for users to earn income.

Dubbed Perks, the system is designed to give creators — who build, publish and share games on the platform — a 50 percent revenue share and full control over how they monetize their games, whether it be through monthly subscriptions, in-game purchases or pay-to-play models.

"Core is already leading the UGC [user generated content] Multiverse revolution by empowering a new generation of creators to make and publish games more easily than ever before," said Frederic Descamps, CEO and co-founder of the San Mateo-based company, in a statement.

"Now, with Perks, we’re establishing an economy that favors creators. By sharing 50 percent of Perks’ revenues, we pass more earnings on to creators than any other UGC platforms, which share only 24.5 percent at most or don’t allow monetization at all. With Perks, Core will create an explosion in creativity as well as tremendous new economic opportunities for game creators worldwide, similar to what has happened with other UGC platforms such as YouTube, Twitch and TikTok."

Core launched in open alpha mode in March this year, with a mission to make game design more accessible and offering users flexibility in what type of game they want to create. Among the genres seen on the platform so far, there are battle royale games, platformers, role-playing games, puzzles, survival games and shooters, to name a few.

In July, Manticore unveiled a $1 million pilot platform to pay creators on Core, built on the concept that the more people play your games, the more you should get paid. Creators in the pilot program will receive $3 per average daily player, calculated by taking the daily number of unique users who log into games and averaging them across the month. Epic Games led Manticore Games' $15M funding round in September.

"UGC platforms enable entirely new kinds of creators and creativity, and over the last decade we've seen a massive influx of amazing new content in the form of videos, audio, streaming, images, and text," said Jordan Maynard, chief creative officer and co-founder of Manticore Games. "Core brings that same UGC revolution to gaming, allowing anyone to create and publish high-quality, Unreal Engine 4-based multiplayer games in a matter of minutes. With the addition of Perks, even people without prior game-making experience can turn their awesome game ideas into thriving businesses."

In addition to game creation tools, Core also offers guided scripted tutorials and level design contests for game developers who use the platform.