Academia partners with YoYo Games

Academia is delighted to partner with YoYo Games, the producers of GameMaker, the fastest and friendliest cross-platform game development technology. GameMaker is the perfect tool for teaching students of all ages how to make games. Using their intuitive “Drag and Drop” feature, students can create a game in a matter of minutes before having to write any code.

GameMaker Studio 2 is the latest and greatest iteration of GameMaker. It has been completely redeveloped with usability and efficiency at its core, allowing developers to create games within a single code base and then publish them to run natively across multiple platforms including Android, iOS, HTML5, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows Desktop, OS X, Ubuntu, Windows UWP.

To date, the GameMaker Studio family of products has been downloaded more than 10 million times since 2012 and currently has 200K Monthly Active Users (MAU).

“I am very excited about our partnership with Academia. They will be our exclusive partner in the UK, and we decided to work with them because they are the leading software reseller that works specifically in secondary and tertiary education. 

We’ve seen a 55% growth in take-up of GameMaker in the last year, and our recent research has shown the enormously positive effects of teaching game programming, using GameMaker.  

GameMaker provides a fun way to learn code in secondary education and a challenging medium for University design students” 

       –       Stuart Poole, YoYo Games General Manager


GameMaker Studio 2 provides the perfect fit to our portfolio of products supporting game development in the Schools and FE sector. YoYo Games have developed a great cross-platform game engine for the thousands of Schools and Colleges we work with across the UK, allowing students to step into the game design and development world without the need for in depth computer programming knowledge and experience. 

        –       Neil BoiaCreative Arts & Industries Business Manager, Academia 

An Education licence gives students everything they need to create and export games. If you would like more information about GameMaker Studio 2 and the purchasing options, please contact Academia’s Creative team at 01992 702190 or email at 

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