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Xbox LIVE Indie Games Development

Join the Indie Community at Xbox LIVE Indie Games.

By joining the Xbox LIVE Indie Games program, you have the opportunity to showcase your game to millions of Xbox LIVE subscribers. And, as a member of DreamSpark, you save the $99 annual registration fee and get access to the tools, sample code, community support and educational resources to help you develop your games for Xbox 360 for free. 1. Download.
Download the tools by clicking on “Download” above. This download contains the same tools needed for Windows Phone development.
That’s all you need to get started! XNA Game Studio 4.0 is a programming environment that allows you to use Visual Studio 2010 to create games for the Xbox 360 console, Windows Phone and Windows-based computers. XNA Game Studio 4.0 includes the XNA Framework 4.0, which is a set of managed libraries designed for game development based on Microsoft .NET Framework 4.
2. Map Your Microsoft Account with Your DreamSpark Account.
To register on the Xbox Live Indie Games Portal you’ll need to use a Microsoft Account (formerly Windows Live ID). This Microsoft Account and your DreamSpark account need to be associated with each other so that Xbox Live Indie Games Portal knows you are a verified student. Don’t have a Microsoft Account – we’ll wait for you right here.
If you already have a Microsoft Account, or you’ve just signed up for one, click on “Map your Account” above and follow the steps to permanently associate your Microsoft Account with your verified DreamSpark account. Don’t worry, if you don’t have a DreamSpark account yet, we will help you create one mapped with your Microsoft Account and verify your student status.
If your DreamSpark account is already a Microsoft Account or was previously a Windows Live ID, you can move directly to step 3 and go to the Xbox Indie Games Portal Registration Page to register.
3. Register.
To register for the Xbox LIVE Indie Games program, you’ll need to use your newly verified Microsoft Account.
   Create a free Xbox Live account on You’ll need to add your billing address. The billing address is required to validate your residence. You will not be charged. If you do not provide your billing address, you will not be able to register for free in the Xbox Live Indie Games portal as a student later.
   Visit Xbox Live Indie Games Portal Registration and complete the registration steps. Make sure you input your Microsoft Account that you just created as the email address, and choose ‘’I am a student’’ to register for free. Note that you if previously had an App Hub account which needs to be renewed; you will have to create a brand new Xbox Indie Games Portal account and preferably a new Microsoft account too, in order to avail of the free registration offer.
   Use the free tools to start creating your next big game today
We also provide you with a developer dashboard so you can manage all aspects of how your app or game appears in either marketplace, monitor downloads, and track how much money you’ve earned.
4. Need Help?
The Xbox LIVE Indie Games community forums are where you can ask questions, give advice or just discuss the finer points of programming. Code samples provide you with a jump-start to implementing new features, and our Education Catalog is packed with articles, tutorials, and utilities to help beginners and experts alike.
5. Compete in Imagine Cup
You’ve worked hard to build an amazing game. Why not see if it can win you some cash, and maybe even travel? Enter your app in the Microsoft Imagine Cup Games competitions. You could win $50,000 (USD) and a trip to Seattle, USA for the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals. Learn more.

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