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I am registering a game on a site so that I can sell it, and it needs me to put in my game studio. I work on my games in c++ and I dont't have a team, or a company. Can I throw out a name and be done with it? or do I need to have a registered company?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ What do the terms of use of the site say? \$\endgroup\$ – Philipp Feb 23 '15 at 9:15
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The simple answer is yes, unless the terms of service specify differently, you can just use any name you decide or simply use your own name.

However, if your games ever turn enough of a profit that it can no longer be considered a "hobby" then you must register as a business.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ How much is this in the U.S? \$\endgroup\$ – Ryan Cobourn Feb 23 '15 at 4:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ That depends on each state's filing fees, licensing requirements, and how you decide to structure it. At that point, you would want to do a lot of research to decide where you want to take it (share risk with others, hire employees, accept financing) and, ideally, consult with an attorney. \$\endgroup\$ – jzx Feb 23 '15 at 5:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RyanCobourn $10,000 / year I believe. \$\endgroup\$ – Evorlor Feb 24 '15 at 0:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ No, nowhere near that much. Hundreds of dollars at most, and that's just the first year. That's more like what you'd pay in taxes if you were successfully self-employed. \$\endgroup\$ – jzx Feb 24 '15 at 1:27
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I have done such agreements in the past. Depending on where you live, an assumed title or company name may not be legally allowed. For all such agreements, I would put "independent" in that field.

However it's really best to consult with a lawyer who knows about the various laws surrounding this.

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