Welcome to the Poki Developer Guide. We will guide you through the steps to launch your games on Poki where you can:
- Reach hundreds of millions of players around the globe 🌎
- Get a fair revenue share 💰
- Track the progress of your games 📊
- Get help from our dedicated support team 🧑💻
If you are a developer looking to work with us, you can share your game through our game submission form! As we are a hand-curated playground, our team checks every game and decides whether it is a fit for Poki or not. We unfortunately cannot respond to every submission but if your game is a good fit, we’ll reach out to you! When we review games, here’s some pointers for what we’re looking for:
- 🏅 Quality: We take a few things into account here but we are mainly looking at the UX/feel and the core game loop to assess the potential of the game on Poki. If the base game is fun and interesting, that always bodes well! If you want to get a feeling for the quality we look for, check out our homepages which show off our most popular games!
🎮 Player fit: Simply put, we approach the game from the perspective of our players. Would they like to play this game and have fun? We’re always learning more about our large, global audience so we can say early on what they’re attracted to.
🛠️ Tech: Finally, and very importantly, we check how technically sound the game is and how well it is optimized for mobile and desktop web. With so many differing internet speeds and devices, it’s really important to make your game as optimized as possible, no matter the engine!
Using these guidelines, we can decide if the game will fit Poki and our players! Cross-device (mobile and desktop web) games are more favorable due to our worldwide audience who have varying internet speeds and devices. We work with all game engines and tech, from Defold and PlayCanvas, to Pixi and Three.js. Optimized Unity games also work!
After your game has been accepted via Poki for Developers, there are two mandatory steps to get your game ready for an impactful launch: implementing our mandatory requirements and our SDK.
Check out our Requirements and make sure your game meets all the basic requirements to be featured on Poki.
The next step is implementing our SDK that makes it possible to serve advertisements in your game, and allows us to track important moments in the gameplay session. Check the SDK Documentation page for details.
Once your game has passed our initial QA checks to make sure it properly implements our SDK, requirements, and as many best practices as possible, we offer three potential release phases to help your game be as successful as it can be. Based on your goals, your account manager will help you figure out the release plan that makes the most sense for your game. Our three release phases are as follows:
🔧 Technical Test: We use this phase to check for any technical limitations or issues within the game, especially games with large file sizes or new technology. We significantly limit the number of users who will see the game to make sure that if something is wrong, as few players are affected as possible.
🏖️ Soft Release: This is where the fun begins:). During the soft release, we will keep an eye on the stats of the game and make changes specifically aimed at improving the performance of your game so that once the global release comes around, the game is in the best condition possible for a successful release!
🌍 Global Release: Once we’re all happy with how the stats are looking and there are no plans for larger improvements or changes, we will globally release the game to millions of players worldwide - congrats!! New games will be pushed within the ecosystem and further promotions happen automatically based on how well the game is performing.
At all stages during the process, both your account manager and our support team will be on hand to help with any questions and with tips on improving your games stats! For more in-depth information on all the phases, check out our release process!