Sept 26, 2012. From a gamasutra article today on A self-publishing PC adventure, comes a recommendation to consider using FastSpring as an eCommerce provider. Although the Moose will be free, I DO need to monitize something, to gradually earn back my input costs, by selling upgrades, add-ons, etc. Apparently Fastspring.com makes multi-language eCommerce very painless to set up. Alternatives: BMTMicro or Plimus. I also found website Indiebits.com to return to read in the future.
Oct 15, 2012 update. Somewhat different, is Highwinds.com and its Game Delivery Network, that looks after downloads, updates and patches. They can apparently do a big launch event. They can keep track of usage credits for the user, to incentivize monetization, and they say they “offer walls and other e-commerce integrations available”. But they may not be as internationally-capable as I want, yet.
Nov 13, 2012 update. A company Flurry.com does analytics, but I haven’t had time to look at them in detail. ( But if I can collect data myself, I can analyse it myself better than a lot of people can.) But the ‘data-collection as a service’, if inexpensive, might be worth looking at.
March 16, 2013 update. I read a gamasutra article that mentioned the importance of having a Time Gate, meaning the user shouldn’t be able to listen to all the Moose’s jokes in one session. It’s better for set a limit, giving more reason to return on a future date.
March 22, 2013 update. MyCommerce.com has Share-it or SWREG as some e-commerce and download providers. A musical Reason Refill vendor recommended them. They have a lot of languages and handle a lot of different currencies.