How To Sell Your Music And SFX On Game Asset Stores

 

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Game assets include everything that can go into a game, such as 2D or 3D models, sound effects, music, code snippets, modules, and sometimes even complete projects that can be used by a game engine. If you’re a video game sound designer or music composer, you no doubt have unused sound effects or soundtracks sitting on your computer. Why not try selling them online to people who could use them? You never know, a game developer might buy and use them in one of their games.

Game asset stores will typically take a cut in the revenue if sold. You will need to register for an account on these game asset marketplaces and sometimes may even need to fill out an additional application to get accepted onto their stores. We've put together a list of companies (click on company names) that have asset stores on where you can join to sell your creations.


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Unreal Engine Marketplace (Epic Games)

Music, SFX

About: "Founded in 1991, Epic Games is an American company founded by CEO Tim Sweeney. The company is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina and has more than 40 offices worldwide. Today Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Epic operates Fortnite, one of the world’s largest games with over 350 million accounts and 2.5 billion friend connections. Epic also develops Unreal Engine, which powers the world’s leading games and is also adopted across industries such as film and television, architecture, automotive, manufacturing, and simulation. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content."


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Unity Asset Store

Music, SFX

About: "We believe the world is a better place with more creators in it. This is at the core of our business because we believe our technology can change the world. Our products give content creators the tools to not just entertain but to create innovative RT3D experiences and deliver better processes for almost every industry."


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Epic Stock Media

Music, SFX

About: "Epic Stock Media is a team of audio ninjas disguised as sound design professionals that specialize in music composition and top-of-the-line sound design for gaming, film and multimedia industries.  We aim to energize and empower the gaming and film entertainment industries by providing innovative audio designs & sound effects that seamlessly fit our clients needs. We provide everything audio from custom designed game audio assets to useful foley audio source material to help artists craft an outstanding product! All of our content is meticulously organized into easy-to-use sound libraries which instantly save you money, time, and energy. Get access to the most powerful, industry-leading sounds and never overpay for premium content."


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CryEngine

SFX

About: "CryEngine is a game engine designed by the German game developer Crytek. It has been used in all of their titles with the initial version being used in Far Cry, and continues to be updated to support new consoles and hardware for their games."


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GameDev Market

Music, SFX

About: "We’re a small team of aspiring game developers based in the UK. We found that when it came to learning game development, we couldn’t find anywhere to buy high quality assets for our projects. There were asset stores specific to certain game engines, huge generic stock websites with an overwhelming catalogue of assets of varying quality and smaller indie stores with small selections of very niche assets. We tried sourcing assets from so many different websites that there was no consistency in our games, and it become difficult to keep up with the different licences to the point where we weren’t sure if I could even release our games or not. This fragmentation created a huge barrier to entry for us when all we wanted to do was actually learn some game development."


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ProSoundEffect

SFX

About: "Pro Sound Effects® (PSE) develops highly curated sound effects libraries and software for sound artists, editors, designers, audio engineers, media companies, schools and nonprofits. Our goal is to inspire and empower you to tell any story with the highest quality sounds available. We collaborate with a global network of exclusive library partners including world-class recordists, designers, and masters-of-craft that share our commitment to professional quality and innovation. Award-winning creators and companies in film and television, video games, virtual reality, and advertising rely on PSE libraries every day to fuel creativity, finish projects faster, and deliver their best sound always."


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Pond5

Music, SFX

About: "Pond5 exists to create world-class storytellers, and we do so by building the world’s most accessible marketplace of media assets video creators need to tell stories, share knowledge, and inspire audiences. With 25 million video clips, award-winning tools including patented Visual Search for video, and integrations for all major video-editing software, Pond5 is the go-to video marketplace for filmmakers, media organizations, and marketers worldwide."