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    I made a Flash game and I'd like to license it for online entertainment use or sell it through the internet in a shareware fashion. I've already received some offers but I'm trying to figure out where to start from before diving into the business (so to speak).

    Does anyone of you have experience on this specific topic?

    Should I create a corporation in order to do so or I can do it as an individual? Can I just set up a payment system on my site (like paypal.com) and receive the payments online or do I have to take into account taxes and other legal stuff?

    Also, Does anybody know what are the rates for licensing an online game? All the companies that do so have no rates on their sites, they only have an email address to ask info about licensing... Is it an industry secret to declare how much a game is worth for licensing?

    I'd be really grateful to anybody who could answer one or some of my qustions.

    Thanks a lot

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    "Should I create a corporation in order to do so or I can do it as an individual? Can I just set up a payment system on my site (like paypal.com) and receive the payments online or do I have to take into account taxes and other legal stuff."

    1,you can do it as an individual.

    2,you can set up a payment system on your site.

    3,you have to pay taxes, tell the relevant authorities and keep records of transactions + a few more bits.

    4, if you work from home or from an office you can claim all sorts of allowances back in tax.

    5,the best advice imho is free and comes from the banks.
    go in as many different banks as you can and ask them all for a business startup pack - they have all the info that you will nedd to know about setting up a business, and it is in their interest to make your business work for obvious reasons.

    as to licensing i suppose it will be what ever the client is willing to pay.

    i hope that helps a bit.


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    Thanks a lot Darkstar,
    you helped me to understand better the single pieces of information I'm gathering from different sources.


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