Jake- a friend, business contact, and a guy I respect for his experience in the casual gaming industry – mentioned that he is no longer selling affiliate games on his site.
He recently moved to Big Fish Games working there making games (it’s bit similar as you would work indie style making games, except they pay you during the development…). In his contract it says that he cannot no longer promote affiliate games in his website due “anti-compete clause” in his contract. Jake had been using both Reflexive and Big Fish Games affiliate system.
In Jake’s post he says “…in order to work for Big Fish Games I’ve had to remove all affiliate games from my website. This is due to an anti-compete clause in my contract with BFG”
I understand the logic if it was only about getting rid of Reflexive games.
But I really wonder why Jake could not keep selling Big Fish Games?
- How come it’s “competitive” if Jake sells Big Fish Games and gets % of profits?
- If it’s competitive, then shouldn’t they stop the system so that all their affiliates would not be “competing” with them?
- Why don’t Big Fish Games want their own employees to promote their company via affiliate system?
- Are they planning to get rid of their sales teams who are getting profits for sale, so that they wouldn’t be competing with Big Fish Games?
Seriously, I don’t get this logic.
People sell BFG games, and get 25% profit.
Employees try sell BFG games, they are shown “anti-competitive” clause in the contract.
Sounds like… bit odd?
Maybe I’m missing something?