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Hello

Me and my friends developed a browser game which we plan to launch in couple of weeks.
We have the main site, forums and wiki page and im afraid we won't have time to keep all that updated.
The game probably needs to be fixed and improved on some areas, which will greatly take our time.
Our primary language is not english, and since the game is written in english it would be highly unprofessional to respond to someone with bad grammar.

So i wanted to ask you about game publishers.
Is that their job? To respond to general public, advertise the game and so on.

And one more thing, do i need a publisher?

Thank you in advance.

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[quote name='miki86' timestamp='1345164248' post='4970389']
1. Me and my friends developed a browser game which we plan to launch in couple of weeks.
We have the main site, forums and wiki page and im afraid we won't have time to keep all that updated.
The game probably needs to be fixed and improved on some areas, which will greatly take our time.
2. Our primary language is not english, and since the game is written in english it would be highly unprofessional to respond to someone with bad grammar.
So i wanted to ask you about game publishers.
Is that their job? To respond to general public, advertise the game and so on.
3. And one more thing, do i need a publisher?
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1. I think it would be best that you hold off launching the game for a while. You need to MAKE A PLAN.
You've made a game. That's great. NOW COMES THE HARD PART.

2. That's one of the things a publisher does. If you don't know what a publisher does, you should do some research (reading). Look up game publishers in Wikipedia, and read articles on gamasutra, and subscribe to GamesIndustry International.

3. You and your partners need to decide this. After you do your research, you'll have pros and cons (reasons for and against getting a publisher involved). Take those pros and cons and make a decision grid.
http://sloperama.com/advice/m70.htm

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Thank you for replying.

I've read the articles you gave me and they really are helpful.
We are more developers then PR's and advertisers so there is a good chance that we'll go with publishers.

Before i sail into those waters i wanted to ask you Is there any catch i should be aware of?

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[quote name='miki86' timestamp='1345196738' post='4970488']
Before i sail into those waters i wanted to ask you Is there any catch i should be aware of?
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There is no catch to doing research and educating yourself on what catches there are in jumping into business.

You should have started researching the business aspect before starting your game (rather than waiting until it's almost finished).

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[quote name='Tom Sloper' timestamp='1345210468' post='4970540']
There is no catch to doing research and educating yourself on what catches there are in jumping into business.

You should have started researching the business aspect before starting your game (rather than waiting until it's almost finished).
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I was expecting that kind of answer.

Of course not, i can do a research on that topic, but i wanted to ask here because i know you are experienced in that field of work.

Isn't it better to read something that a person who went through same thing wrote rather than reading a bunch of "how to's" and "why do's" articles?

I wanted to hear from a developer point of view, is game publisher necessary or not.

And as topic title says, i need advice not lecture.

Thank you.

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[quote name='miki86' timestamp='1345215039' post='4970563']
Isn't it better to read something that a person who went through same thing wrote rather than reading a bunch of "how to's" and "why do's" articles?
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"In addition to." Not "instead of."

You absolutely should read some stories about what others have gone through when they tried to do what you want to do. That's a part of the research you need to do -- not the whole of it.

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[quote name='miki86' timestamp='1345215039' post='4970563']
Isn't it better to read something that a person who went through same thing wrote rather than reading a bunch of "how to's" and "why do's" articles?
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The How Tos are generally written by people with field experience.
While they aren't there to specifically answer your questions, they still do, and more importantly, they also answer the questions you don't know yet you're going to ask.
A publisher is necessary and not necessary, it all depends on your project, and where you want to go with it, its scope, and your expectations.

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