Updates to the press system, new application form

itch.io launched its press system about 3 months ago. The press system is a method for letting content creators with a focus on indie games get access to paid games that opt in for free. There has been an overwhelming response so far.

If you’re a game developer looking to be part of the press system then you can head to the user settings page to opt-in right now! If you create content about games then read on.

Applying to the press system was ad-hoc, if anyone wanted to be reviewed for access they would submit a support request to itch.io. Because press accounts are not handed out lightly, a proper review of each person is a requirement. Sadly it became difficult to manage all the applications.

Starting today there is now a formal process for applying to the press system.

You can find the new press account application here: http://itch.io/press/application

The new system streamlines the process, with fields for the most common questions that need to be answered. It also helps to clarify who exactly is eligible for a press account.

If you applied to the press system in the past and did not hear back I’d like to apologize for not having the opportunity to talk to everyone yet. Although your information is still stored, I highly recommend re-submitting through the new application form. It will help organize all the applicants and provide the additional data required to see if someone is eligible for a press account.


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You can now offer downloads with web games

itch.io is pretty cool because it lets you either host downloadable games (optionally with a price) or embed a web game directly in the page. In the past if you wanted to combine the two into a single page it wasn’t trivial.

Starting today you can now have downloadable files alongside your embedded game! All the same great features for downloadable game files are now available for web games. You can upload multiple files, supply an optional minimum price, provide individual prices for files, and even upload demo files. (And you can still use the donation button that’s been there all along)

In order to accommodate this new functionality the edit game page has changed a little bit. The file uploader now lets you specify which file should be embedded into the browser: (existing pages will have the correct file chosen by default)

new upload setting

Any additional files you upload will be available for  purchase or download. They will show up beneath your game’s description in the same format as download-only games:

a purchasable web game


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itch.io now has a new page for browsing game jams!

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Upload game files with Dropbox

For those that have a Dropbox account, you can now upload your game’s files directly from your Drobox account.

You can find the new “Choose with Dropbox” button next to the original file upload button:

upload with dropbox

One other enhancement to uploading has been made as well. If you upload a file with the same name as an existing file it will now override the existing one, but keep all existing statistics about the file. It is not necessary to delete the old file before uploading the new one.


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Enhancing jams: late submissions and entry editor

Jam admins now have a few more tools to make hosting jams easier than ever (and it’s already pretty easy to begin with, check out jam hosting on itch.io). Starting today all jams now have a submissions tab on the jam’s edit page. This submissions tab contains a handful of tools for managing entries. As of now there are two tools:

Late submission URLs

Late submissions happen, for whatever reason an entry isn’t able to make it in time for the deadline. Luckily itch.io’s jam feature now lets owners of a jam handle this with ease. From the submissions tab you can find the late submission form. Just paste the URL of the game you want to have late submit access, you’ll then be given a URL to share with the game’s owner. They just need to visit that URL to submit their game, even if the submit deadline is over!

Entry list 

Jam admins now have their own list of entries from the edit page. From this list you can get a quick glance of everything that’s submitted. Additionally you have the ability to remove entries if they aren’t eligible for being part of the jam.

itch.io jam submission page


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Enhancing jams: new jam admins feature

Did you know that anyone can host a game jam on itch.io? Well now you do, great!

A lot of game jams are collaborative events, hosted by more than just one person. For this reason, starting today, you can add Jam admins to you game jams. You can now let other users on itch.io have edit access to a jam you’ve created.

You can find the new Admins page on the game jam edit page in the new tab bar below the title.

Adding a jam admin is just like adding a game admin, you need to type in their username and then you’ll be given a link to share with the prospective admin.

jam admins page


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A handful of sellers have asked about what it’s like for a buyer to purchase a game on itch.io. I’ve written a guide that hopefully gives you a detailed view of the entire purchase process.


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Easily view all your rated games

For those of you that have been utilizing itch.io’s game rating feature, you can now view all the games you’ve rated on a full screen page. Just click  ”Game’s you’ve rated” title of the list on the My collections page, or you can go here: http://itch.io/my-collections/rated.

my rated games on itch.io


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Public domain field for jams on itch.io

In the spirit of The Public Domain Jam, itch.io’s game jam creation feature now lets any jam creator provide a CC0 public domain field to the entries of the game jam. You can find the public domain field on the Edit jam page in the field types drop down.

It looks like this when used: 



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itch.io is proud to be helping host The Public Domain Jam in collaboration with Gritfish!

1) Find a PUBLIC DOMAIN story or character
2) Make a game between May 17 and May 24
3) Submit it to the jam page


Graphics / Sound / Fun / Polish
Staying true to the source material
Most innovative use of the source material

Official rules: http://gritfish.net/public-domain-jam-rules

During submission you’ll have the opportunity to release your game into the public domain via the CC0 creative commons license.

The top rated CC0 game will receive a prize of $1000 USD.

Additionally the top overall 100 games will receive a free copy of the Kenney Donation pack!

The theme of the Public Domain Jam is:



P.S. Looking to create your own game jam? Anyone now can create a game jam on itch.io!