According to Venturebeat, GameSalad hopes to usher along the era of user-generated apps with its new GameSalad Studio, which makes it easier for people to create, test, and distribute their iPhone games.

The Austin, Texas-based company says that no programming knowledge is necessary for people to use its tools and create their own apps that run on iOS, Apple’s operating system that runs on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

The studio tool combines GameSalad Creator, GameSalad Viewer, and GameSalad Direct all in a single suite. Users pay no fees until they decide to publish their games. A small fee covers the cost of submission. Free games require no extra fee, while paid games require a revenue split.

The goal is to remove barriers to entry for making games, just as YouTube lowered the barriers for creating and uploading user-generated videos. GameSalad provides developers with analytics so they get insight into how well their games are doing on the App Store.

Unfortunately, the software is only available for the Mac.

Photo by GameSalad.

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