As a creator, itch.io gives you the ability to design a page where people can download any projects you've uploaded. You can optionally put a minimum price on your page (which can be 0), giving people the opportunity to pay you what they think you deserve.
All files and images are hosted on itch.io so you don’t need to worry about building a website or storing your project files anywhere. Usage information is collected and displayed to you, such as how many times your pages are being viewed, downloaded, and purchased.
itch.io handles all the technicalities behind hosting and selling your content.
itch.io costs nothing to use. You are free to create pages and upload your content without ever having to pay anything. Advertisements will never be placed on any of your pages.
You get to decide how much you want to support itch.io by choosing what percentage of your sales should go towards our operational costs and continued development of the platform. We call that open revenue sharing.
itch.io never collects any sensitive payment information from buyers. Instead, it relies Stripe & Paypal to handle transactions securely.
itch.io supports two payout models depending on your needs: Direct to you, where each purchase is a transaction to your Paypal or Stripe account, and Collected by itch.io, paid later. You can pick which mode you want to use from the seller settings page on your account.
EU VAT (European Value-Added Tax) compliance is automatic when using Collected by itch.io, paid later. Direct payments involve a bit more work on your part, but itch.io gives you all the tools you need to do it.
We put some limits on new accounts to prevent abuse. We can disable them by request, all you have to do is contact us.
Because itch.io lets users download the files exactly as you uploaded them you can upload any kind of project for any kind of platform. There are no restrictions.
We have classifications for tools, comics, books, soundtracks, assets, and physical games. If that’s not enough, you can even customize the noun by which itch.io refers to your project.
No. itch.io lets users download the games exactly as you uploaded them. No modifications are made to the files you upload.
Sure. You can generate what itch.io calls, “download keys”. A download key is a special URL that gives someone full access to download your game without having to buy it. This is perfect for giving out copies of your game to press or backers of a crowdfunding campaign.
You can track how many times the key has been used, give the key a name to identify it, and revoke it if you think it is being abused.
Yes, itch.io has a
iframe based widget. From your dashboard you can find the
Widgets link to get your game’s widget code. The widget allows someone to
complete the entire purchase or download flow.
You sure can… but it’s disabled by default. First make sure what you are trying to design can’t be done with the built-in theme editor. If it can’t, then you consider applying for CSS. We manually approve accounts for CSS due to implications about accessibility and long term support of pages when using custom CSS.
We don’t allow hosting content that includes pornographic images or videos of real-life humans. Fictional, illustrated, and rendered content is generally fine, assuming it’s legal. Content glorifying sexual violence is not permitted. Depictions of minors, minor-presenting, or suggested minors in a sexual context are not allowed and will result in account suspension.
If you plan to collect money for your content, then you must adhere to the acceptable use policy of all respective payment processors that your account utilizes:
It’s almost impossible to come up with an exhaustive list of unacceptable products to sell, so often we have to take content reviews one at a time. If an issue arises with your account, then we will contact you and share what options you may have. Note that in some cases, if you've collected money while in violation of terms, we may be forced to refund all pending transactions, as we will not be able to process any more payments or payouts for your account.
See more: Terms of Service – Acceptable Payment Forms
Publicly sharing this information or with third-party services may result in the suspension of your account. If you have any issues or concerns, please contact us.
The information includes fields such as: Email address, Name, IP Address, Country Code, and Transaction IDs.
Do not automatically sign people up for mailing lists. If you want your buyers to subscribe to your list, you must obtain explicit consent from them. Appropriate methods for mailing-list sign-up include providing a link on your project’s description, installation instructions, or within your project itself. (Learn more about GDPR)
The email address provided by itch.io, along with the email tool, is available for you to contact buyers with news specifically related to their transaction. This information cannot be shared or sold to third parties.