Clickteam

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Clickteam
Privately Owned
Industry Software
Founded Paris, France (1993)
Founder François Lionet
Yves Lamoureux
Francis Poulain
Headquarters Paris, France
Key people
Francis Poulain, Financial Director
Jeff Vance, CEO Clickteam United States
Chris Carson, VP United States Operations
DT Holder, VP Special Projects
Danny Jay, VP Special Projects - Online Tutoring
Simon Pittock, UK Sales & Marketing Manager
Nicolas Sourdeval, Media (communication)
Website Clickteam.com

Clickteam is a software company founded in 1993 by François Lionet, Yves Lamoureux and Francis Poulain and headquartered in Paris, France. Clickteam is perhaps best known for the creation of a script-free programming tool that allows users to create video games or other interactive software using a range of GUI tools.

History[edit]

Before co-founding Clickteam, François Lionet was the programmer of STOS BASIC, a programming language released in 1988 for the Atari ST, and AMOS BASIC, a more advanced programming language released in 1990 for the Commodore Amiga. Both of these have since been released in open-source form on the Clickteam corporate website.[1] Yves Lamoureux was also a successful game developer prior to co-founding Clickteam, working with multiple companies on games.[2]

Clickteam's debut software was Klik & Play, released in 1994 as commercial, proprietary software;[3] this marked the team's first successful software release. A version for educational use, dubbed Klik & Play For Schools, was also released as freeware, to be used exclusively for school activities.[4] Klik & Play For Schools was available for download in Clickteam's website during the course of 2006, now being available for the public in general. Subsequent releases included, released in 1996, Clickteam's second product, Click and Create later renamed Multimedia Fusion Express which included more advanced features which the original Klik & Play lacked, such as scrolling, and a timeline editor, 3D game-making tool Jamagic; The Games Factory; The Games Factory 2; and Multimedia Fusion.

Clickteam's most recent application is Clickteam Fusion 2.5 (CF 2.5). This title is the successor to Multimedia Fusion 2, the company's most well-received software application to date.

In September 2016 Clickteam partnered with the Humble Bundle and offered a Fusion 2.5 centered bundle. Around ten games and Fusion 2.5 with various export modules were offered in the "Clickteam Fusion 2.5 Bundle". Notably, for several games the source code was included.[5][6]

Products[edit]

The Fusion series was designed to be a user-friendly yet powerful drag-and-drop game and application creation program, easily accessible to either those well-versed or inexperienced in programming.[7][8]

Software and video game development software[edit]

  • Klik & Play (KnP) - Originally created by Europress Software (Francois Lionet/Yves Lamoureux 1994)
  • Click and Create (CnC) - Later renamed Multimedia Fusion Express.
  • The Games Factory (TGF)
  • The Games Factory 2 (TGF2)
  • Multimedia Fusion (MMF)
  • Multimedia Fusion 2 (MMF2)
  • Clickteam Fusion 2.5 (CF2.5)

Runtime export modules for Clickteam Fusion 2.5 are available for Shockwave Flash, iOS, XNA, Android, HTML5, UWP and for MacOS.

Other products[edit]

  • Install Creator (previously Install Maker)
  • Patch Maker
  • SynchronX
  • Jamagic

Reception and impact[edit]

The most notable games made using Clickteam Engines are those in the Five Nights at Freddy's series, as well as the 2014 indie game Freedom Planet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amos & Stos » Main Download on clickteam.com (archived 2007)
  2. ^ "About Clickteam". The Company and The Products. Copyright © Clickteam 2012 All Rights Reserved. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ Warren Buckleitner. The Complete Sourcebook on Children's Software. Children's Software Revue, 2001. p. 608. ISBN 978-1-891983-05-4. Retrieved 2 February 2011. Klik & Play ✓ Runs on Windows (disk or CD-ROM) 4.5****1/2 Maxis (Electronic Arts), 800-336-2947, www.maxis.com 1994, $54.95, ages 14-up ✓ Teaches creativity, logic Provides a set of 1000 animated objects... 
  4. ^ "Clickteam -- Creative Tools". 2001-10-05. Archived from the original on October 5, 2001. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  5. ^ Click, Clickteam, Boom! – The Humble Clickteam Fusion 2.5 Bundle on vgfusion.com by Matt (27 September 2016)
  6. ^ clickteam-fusion-bundle on humblebundle.com
  7. ^ Alan Thorn. Game Engine Design and Implementation (Revised ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2010. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-7637-8451-5. Multimedia Fusion is a commercial, proprietary game engine designed and licensed by Clickteam for the creation of 2D games for Windows 
  8. ^ Clayton E. Crooks. Awesome 3D game development: no programming required (illustrated ed.). Cengage Learning, 2004. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-58450-325-5. Multimedia Fusion [...is a] development tool[...] mostly used for 2D games, but because it is the most well-rounded game development tool available in the non-programming category, it's a perfect way to start out. With it, you can create a wide variety of games, and the support from Clickteam (www.clickteam.com) is top notch. 

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