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#1 AndreeU717   Members   -  Reputation: 115

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 12:56 PM

Hello, i was wondering what are the process to become indie developer! 

I want to also have a company name that i can use in my games (That have been made already)! I want to be able to put them out there for fun and enjoyment and eventually request a type of fee. I dont have an issue paying fees since i know it'll benefit me in the long run.

Also im not planning to hire other programmers since im sure i can create them on my own for now! 

 

All i want is to be able to register a company name, and a domain website, and be able to upload the games under my company and give people the opportunity to download and play them.

 

What i dont want, is to create a company name, then get bitten in the ass by government laws and sued. I live in United States, California! 

I want to get the basic done first before i begin thinking about creating a big company, im 19 in college for electrical engineering but i've been passionate about programming since 12, so im trying to take baby steps!

 

Thanks!



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#2 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 9900

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 03:35 PM

1. What i dont want, is to create a company name, then get bitten in the ass by government laws
2. and sued. I live in United States, California! 
3. im 19 in college for electrical engineering... so im trying to take baby steps!
4. What are the process to become Indie Dev?


1. Unlikely you'd run afoul of a law over a name, incurring any government action against you.
2. Two options: (1) do a proper name search before registering or using your company name, or (2) don't create a company name yet. I recommend you talk to your local SBA office (sba.gov) and get some free advice.
3. Maybe a dba for the time being. Google it.
4. Make a game, get it published. If you make money, pay taxes on it. That's the broad answer to your broad question. You might want to ask narrower questions if you need narrower answers.
-- Tom Sloper
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#3 AndreeU717   Members   -  Reputation: 115

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 08:37 PM

1. What i dont want, is to create a company name, then get bitten in the ass by government laws2. and sued. I live in United States, California! 3. im 19 in college for electrical engineering... so im trying to take baby steps!4. What are the process to become Indie Dev?

1. Unlikely you'd run afoul of a law over a name, incurring any government action against you.2. Two options: (1) do a proper name search before registering or using your company name, or (2) don't create a company name yet. I recommend you talk to your local SBA office (sba.gov) and get some free advice.3. Maybe a dba for the time being. Google it.4. Make a game, get it published. If you make money, pay taxes on it. That's the broad answer to your broad question. You might want to ask narrower questions if you need narrower answers.

Yes sorry for my broad questions! I just have no idea were to begin planning this that I seemed to ask a horrible question. Okay I already have a we'll planned name for my company, I've search all search engine, Google,Bing,yahoo (only ones I know) and there no info on it! So I'm assuming it's available! How can I register that company name so that it belongs to me before someone else learns it ! After that I will look into taxes, and other basic fees, I want to take it little by little, but my most worry is the company name been taken! How and were can I register it for safety reasons! Also what are some basic fees that need to me payed besides the domain register?

Thanks and once again thank you for all your help!

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 08:54 PM

You've got it backwards and upside down. Make your game first, then deal with these things at the end of the process. You don't need a name, company, copyright, trademark, fees, domain -- none of it. Your planned name is not special, and besides you're not allowed to arbitrarily reserve a name forever. Doesn't even help you without a lawyer. It would be equally as effective to go to Kinkos and print off a gigantic sign with your imagined company name on it.

 

Make your damn game first.



#5 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 9900

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 09:42 PM

How can I register that company name so that it belongs to me before someone else learns it !


Google "how to register a trademark."
You'll probably find that you can't, until you're using it in "trade" (i.e. making money using it). And yes, you will need to hire a lawyer.
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#6 Buster2000   Members   -  Reputation: 1665

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 01:35 AM

Promit has hit the nail on the head.  Before even thinking about starting a company, make your game (or a significant chunk of it) first. 



#7 AndreeU717   Members   -  Reputation: 115

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 12:20 PM

You've got it backwards and upside down. Make your game first, then deal with these things at the end of the process. You don't need a name, company, copyright, trademark, fees, domain -- none of it. Your planned name is not special, and besides you're not allowed to arbitrarily reserve a name forever. Doesn't even help you without a lawyer. It would be equally as effective to go to Kinkos and print off a gigantic sign with your imagined company name on it.

 

Make your damn game first.

I have already made multiple games that i want to use in my company ! (Only 2 Games), my goal is to have the company name etc all settle, but like you and everyone else mention, if i have to pay big fee and lawyers then maybe the best approach is to make a game that will earn a good profit to be able to afford those expenses or maybe getting a loan!



#8 Orymus3   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 9065

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 12:32 PM


f i have to pay big fee and lawyers

 

It's really not that bad...






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