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How does patreon apply to the royalty fee

What I want is clarification for patreon, for example if I release a demo for a game on steam, and have a patreon that gives donaters a steam code if they pay enough money to purchase the full game when it comes out

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asked Oct 17 '17 at 06:53 AM in Legal & Licensing

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Pure donations are royalty free. But if the "donation" gets the donator game access or in-game benefit - something that isn't free to the general public - the "donation" is considered just regular game revenue for royalty purposes.

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answered Oct 17 '17 at 02:15 PM

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avatar image Abel Android Mar 29 '18 at 03:27 PM

Hi, in the scenario that a game/application is completely free with no additional features to patrons, but say we give earlier access to patrons (e.g. all releases will always be free but patrons try it 2 weeks earlier since they'll have direct access for feedback). Will that inquire a royalty?

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I think early access constitutes "in-game benefit" so that revenue would be royalty bearing.

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