A cooperative, or co-op bundle on itch.io lets you team up with other developers to offer a combination of your games at a single price for any period of time. Any developer on itch.io can organize and publish a bundle, and just like games on itch.io, you control everything about how it’s run.
If you're trying to sell a bundle of just your own games, you can do that with the Sales feature on itch.io.
Creating a co-op bundle is easy, just provide: a title, start date, end date, price, an optional description, and lastly a list of games that will participate. If you're arranging the bundle with a group of friends, choose one of you to be the host, and everyone else will be a participant. We'll assume that you're the host for the rest of this guide.
Once you've assembled the list of games, the next step is to choose the revenue distribution. Each developer that is contributing at least one game in the bundle can receive some portion of the sales in the bundle. By default everything is split evenly across all the developers involved, but you can configure the percentage accordingly. Only the host of the bundle can configure the percentages and the games involved.
When you're happy with the game selection and revenue split you're ready to create the page and start getting it approved by all the participants.
Once you create the page the game select and split becomes read-only so make sure you've selected everything correctly.
Once the page is created you'll have to get each participant to approve it by having them head to the page of the bundle. You'll have to send each of them a link, they will not be notified by itch.io.
The game list and revenue split become read-only after creation to allow each participant to approve exactly what the bundle will look like when it becomes public.
A bundle cannot start until all the participants have reviewed and accepted it. After everyone has approved, you, the host, will receieve an email telling you it’s ready to be made public.
Just like individual file pricing for game pages, itch.io lets you set individual game prices for bundle participants. The revenue splits will be proportionally adjusted based on the number of games that are included at the purchase price.
On the bundle’s review page the host and participants will be able to see each tier and exactly what the split will be.
Once the bundle is marked published and it’s between the start and end date, the bundle will be able to be purchased. The bundle will show up on itch.io’s bundles page.
Due to the complexity of distributing purchases across multiple sellers, all purchases of co-op bundles go through itch.io’s payout system. Prices are done in USD and VAT will automatically be added if necessary.
Just like any other purchase on itch.io, an account is not required to purchase a bundle, but the buyer will be given an option to register and attach their purchase.