Certified Creator status will bestow additional privileges to content developers (varying a little based on grade), up to and including granting some developers with the rights to publish to the marketplace directly without the normal review process; and a host of other benefits.
Our Certified Creators Program has a few grades of certification, the highest grade being Platinum Grade and the lowest being Gold Grade.
With this grade you will be able to list and update content directly in the marketplace without our assistance.
Gold Grade creators will be able to push content live without review if the item is deemed as a 'personal use item' (such as personal regions, and other content with limited distribution options).
To achieve both these grades, you will need to have submitted a signed copy of our creator agreement back to us, and have already submitted a collection of items to review.
Access to these programs is by invitation. We are looking for creators with a consistent demonstration of the following;
To achieve the Gold Grade we need to see at least a few items passing review successfully, for the higher platinum grade, a much larger quantity of original work over a longer period of time is required. Invitations to the platinum grade will be personally reviewed and approved by our senior management.
Generally no, however if you are an established developer in a large digital marketplace who have a library of high quality content and a solid reputation known to us, earned over a long period of time, we will factor that into our decision making and may allow a expedited entry; but generally we prefer to recognise and reward creators who have worked within the platform already.
No - besides having strict criteria on who can participate (and having a established track record), we still will be reviewing items submitted to the marketplace this way. We'll just be doing so after they have been approved by the creator. Our goal is to ensure you know that when you buy something in our marketplace, it works as intended and meets all of our other quality guidelines for paid content.
Depending on the severity of the error (we will particularly frown on malicious actions or carelessness, such as not testing an item before approving; or approving an item knowingly breaking one of our rules) we may withdraw the right to self-approve content, permanently. If you as a customer buy an item that fails our own internal review, there will be a few options we will pursue to protect your rights as a customer; we may do any of the following; • Refund and withdraw the item from the platform, or • Temporarily suspend new sales and give the creator the opportunity to fix it, or • In the case of updates, revert it to a previous approved version.
Yes, besides self-review options - both grades of creators will get a few added perks. • First you'll get access to unique inworld titles • You'll also get the right to use a special partner logo on your websites and promotional imagery that indicates our recognition of your consistent high quality. You can even use it as a badge in other marketplaces if you want. • We will also allowing the marketplace search to filter by certification grade in a future update.
If you're an approved creator who can self-review, but are on the edge whether something is going to be okay or not, never fear - the existing review process is still available. Just drop it in the review queue as normal, and we'll evaluate it - if you get a rejection, we won't count that against you or your certification status.