Market Levels and Community Levels FAQ

Q. What are the little icons next to peoples' names?

Q. What do these icons mean?

Q. How can I see my market and community points/levels?

Q. What are these good for?

Q. I sold a game but I didn't receive Market Points! Why have you forsaken me?!

Q. What if the sponsor pays commission?

Q. I have a co-author. Will she also get Market Points?

Q. How many points are needed for each Community Level?

Q. How many points are needed for each Market Level?

Q. I heard that you get 5 free First Impressions for each Market Level or Community Level. I reached CL1 and didn't get any First Impressions! Why?


Q. What are the little icons next to peoples' names?

A. Those are Market Levels and Community Levels. The Market Level is a star (or, for very high-level users, a pointy globe), and the Community Level looks like a stylized martial-arts belt (or, for very high-level users, a yin-yang symbol).

Q. What do these icons mean?

A. These numbers give a rough impression of how active you are on FGL. You earn market points when you buy or sell games (at a rate of one point per $.10 in the sale price). You earn community points by posting in the forums and giving public feedback about games. A typical forum contribution or game feedback post is worth 10 community points. When you earn enough points, you go up a level.

Q. How can I see my market and community points/levels?

A. Click here.

Remember that the Levels are displayed publicly, but the exact number of Points you have is kept private; only you can see that.

Q. What are these good for?

A. The community level is mostly bragging rights, but it also makes your vote count more when rating games, and gives you more "vote points" to apply to suggestions in the suggestions forum.

The market level is also mainly for bragging rights, but it's bit more important: sponsors can use it as a quick indicator of how successful you are as a developer. Developers who reach Market Level 4 are considered "Reliable Developers" and are eligible for special promotions and other special opportunities that arise from time to time.

In addition, you earn rewards such as free First Impressions, access to special forums, and more.

Q. I sold a game but I didn't receive Market Points! Why have you forsaken me?!

A. Market Points are given out when we receive your commission payment. (One way to think about it is that you earn 1 market point for every penny in your commission payment, or 100 Market Points for each dollar of commission.)

When commission is received, both the developer and the sponsor receive this number of Market Points.

Q. What if the sponsor pays commission?

A. It works the same in every case, regardless of who pays: both the sponsor and the developer(s) receive market points.

Q. I have a co-author. Will she also get Market Points?

A. If a game has two authors, they will need to split the Market Points between them. Whichever developer pays the commission can specify what percentage of points goes to each person.

(If the sponsor pays the commission for a co-authored game, the market points are automatically split 50/50 between the two coauthors. If you would like them split differently, drop us a note after you've received them, and we can allocate them differently.)

Q. How many points are needed for each Community Level?

A. Here's a handy chart:

Community Points Earned Community Level
300 1
1,000 2
2,000 3
3,500 4
5,500 5
8,000 6
11,000 7
14,500 8
18,500 9
23,000 10
28,000 11
33,500 12
39,500 13
46,000 14
53,000 15
60,500 16
68,500 17
77,000 18
86,000 19
95,500 20
Q. How many points are needed for each Market Level?

A. Here's a handy chart. Remember, you get 1 Market Point for every $.01 of commission you pay. Since the commission is 10% of the sale price, you can also think of it this way: you receive 10 Market Points for every $1 in the sale price of your game.

Market Points Earned Market Level
2,500 1
10,000 2
20,000 3
50,000 4
100,000 5
200,000 6
400,000 7
700,000 8
1,100,000 9
1,500,000 10
2,000,000 11
2,500,000 12
3,000,000 13
3,600,000 14
4,200,000 15
4,800,000 16
5,400,000 17
6,100,000 18
6,800,000 19
7,500,000 20
Q. I heard that you get 5 free First Impressions for each Market Level or Community Level. I reached CL1 and didn't get any First Impressions! Why?

A. You receive 5 free First Impressions for each Community Level starting at level 2. (The first Community Level is very easy to reach.)

For Market Levels, you start receiving them at level 1, because Market Level 1 requires more work than Community Level 1.