NG Code Monkey
Joined on 9/26/00
I thought I was the only one to first notice your staff position now... Well... Your pic needs more "Fish" in it... lol
But yeah, I guess this FAQ is nice, and I might wanna try this thing when I finally complete my stuff...
Just one question: What the **** does API stand for?
application programming interface.
I need flash for this right? Damn liveswif.... :(
Yes, you do need Flash. However, we have support for every version of flash from 5 up.
Congrats on being staff :)
As for the API, I'm very interested to try this out. My only concern is if CMG or Max games will be interested in having adds in their sponsored games. I know you guys allow it to happen, but I'm unsure of the opinions on the sponsors. Well, I have a game in the act of getting sponsored right now so I'll be sure to ask sponsors what they think and let you know, that way you can have a "real life stories" section for examples on how successful it was with sponsors hehe. Anyway, great job on this and I really respect the work put into it, peace.
You should check out flashgamelicense.com they can help you get the deals YOU want without settling on status quo
How do you see how many referrals you've had (i.e. how many times your game has called NewgroundsAPI.getNewgrounds).
Can you use this API on existing NG submitted stuff. I have a fairly large back catelogue of animations/games and would like to add it to them.
1) Can it be done on old stuff
2) if yes, is it a case of just re-submitting the flash file with the API code embedded ?
Thanks in advance.
yes and yes
So do most of the sponsors only want ads in "family-friendly" movies and games? Or is nudity and explicit audio/text still allowed to make money?
Most ads come from an ad agaency who run ads for a wide variety of advertisers. Because many of these advertisers do not want their products associated with adult themes, we do not approve movies with extremely expicit language and sexual content for Flash Ads.
How do I check how much money I have made?
How do I get paid, do I have to enter a credit card number or my location?
How do I earn the money; do I have to do anything else besides putting the ad in my animation/game and putting the code
Please help me; if you could I would like to get a PM from you regarding this. And thanks for the tutorial it's very helpful.
(Updated 2008-05-05 10:14:40)
You will see your earnings on the http://www.newgrounds.com/account /flashapi page.
Around 40 days after your first month of earnings you will receive a check (or paypal payment if you are a non US resident).
The game earns money as people view and click on the ads. See my post on distributing your work for help with maximizing this aspect:
Also what do I do w/ the Actionscript that goes in the same folder as my game/animation? (You know the AS file that I downloaded that comes with the Flash Ad)
Please PM me about this TY SO MUCH <3
The .as file you download is a class file. When you add NewgroundsAPI.connectMovie(XX);, Flash automatically looks for the file names NewgroundsAPI.as in the same folder as your FLA file.
This file contains all the code used to talk to the API gateway and handes the events that make your ads load up.
Is there anything special I have to do revolving around scenes in my movie? Do I just make an additional layer in all of my scenes for the ad?
if you use scenes, you only need to add it to the scene where the ad will be viewed
Thanks for answering my comments up top I have one more question though, where do I put my home information so i can receive my check in the mail? Like is that after I submit it and there will be a webpage that pops up saying "Insert Info"?
I am actually working on that stuff right now... it should be all good to go before the next payment period. It will automatically prompt you to fill in that information when it's ready.
I've read somewhere about what content are not allowed in using Flash Ads,
but now I can't find them...
I know that Adult-rated content are prohibited,
but is Mild nudity allowed?
its somewhat in the mature content rather than adult-only
I am planning to run ads on the game I'm making - Chobits Dating Sim
if it would fit within a pg-13 rating it's probably okay, but a lot of advertisers are squeamish about nudity of any kind... what with the human body being vile and evil and all ;)
oh and additional question,
if I am a non-US resident, (I'm in the Philippines)
but I don't have a paypal account,
can I also receive it through check?
Yes you can, but you might want to check with your bank and see what kind of check cashing fees there are for US currency. It may actually save you a lot of money to go the paypal route... paypal accounts are free and even without a bank account attached they can issue you checks in your native currency.
Please get back on this!!!!
how old do ya have to be to put this on your flashs i really need to know as my mum wont let me and i have to perswade her
This varies from country to country, but basically if you are old enough to legally get a job, you are old enough to use this.
Alright, I was wrong I do have another question.
Can I make a Flash that has API if I do a collab?
Sure can, we're even working on getting multi-author revenue splits build in to this sucker!
I implent the API in a movie, but the only thing that shows is the NG tank. I did ActionScript 2 on Flash CS3 and used the AS2 method in the API. This should be possible, right?
Yeah the as2 version will work in CS3 if you are working in AS2 mode. If you haven't activated your movie you should see a placeholder ad with Pico when you test. If you activated your movie and you see nothing, it's possible your movie didn't pass our approval guidelines. It could still be waiting for approval as well.
Wow the questions just keep on coming from me! (Thanks for you answers before) I'm thinking of making a guitar hero parody, will that be acceptable? (Since Guitar Hero is trademarked and so is the plastic guitar [Gibson]) Thnks rock on
Parody is protected under US copyright law so it's all good.
If I take sound files from flashkit.com (they are not copyrighted, or at least I don't think so) can you use them in your video that contains API if you give them credit at the end.
same thing for sprites at sprites-resource.com?
Yes you can. These sites provide sound and art for you to use in your work and you won't get sued by any record companies or anything for using them.
My movie has 2,171 views and 935 Ad Impressions , but for eCPM and Estimated Earnings it still says -- , -- .
Does it take a certani amount of time to update or do you need more ad impressions to even get those ?
at 935 ad impressions you probably havn't made any money yet. To really get your movie making money you need to get more traffic to it and you need to expose it to other audiences.
Newgrounds is a great community for having your work exposed and reviewed, but our users are pretty familiar with all the sites promoted in the flash ads, wich means you won't see the best performance by just submitting here.
Other sites have a wider audience of casual web users who are a lot more likely to click yoru ads and make you money.
Its okay to use Ads on movies that have copyrighted music on it, or does your work have to be 100% yours?
Our obligations are to the advertisers and to the flash authors of NG. As long as the content of your work doesn't reflect badly on advertisers (by inclusing porn, racism, etc alongside their ads) and you didn't decompile a game or movie that was made by another hard-working author you should be okay.
That said, we STRONGLY encourage people to not use copyrighted songs in their work. Many flash authors have had legal threats from doing so and it can land you in a lot of trouble if your start finding success. The Audio portal has a TON of great music that you can use legally.