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Make and play games with an Xbox Live deal that Prime Day can’t touch

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Learn how games work by playing and coding with this better-than-Amazon deal.
Master game development with this eight-course bundle and three months of Xbox Live Gold.
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Our parents might’ve scolded us for letting our imaginations run wild, but that rebellious creativity birthed many of the games we know and love today. The 2023 Ultimate Xbox Game Developer Bundle offers game development training to help you bring those imaginary worlds to life for just $19.99 (a $1,624 value).

And it even comes with three months of Xbox Live Gold — a $24.99 value — as inspiration.

This collection is discounted thanks to our Deal Days sale. It’s our answer to Prime Day, and it features awesome apps, courses and gear at low prices that Amazon can’t touch. However, it only runs until October 12.

Learn how games are made and try some titles for free

The first part of the bundle focuses on game development through the lens of the Unreal Engine. A free game engine developed by Epic Games (the company behind Fortnite), Unreal sits at the core of a huge range of games, from first-person shooters to puzzlers.

Zenva Academy, the team behind these game-development courses, focuses on learning by doing, with coding projects that get you to make games right away. It opens with an intro course to get you comfortable with Unreal. Then, it moves into a series of small game projects.

You’ll start with simple games where you pop balloons. Then the bundle moves through point-and-click role-playing games, turn-based combat, Zelda-like action games, arcade-style games, Mario-style platformers and first-person shooters.

Each course reinforces the lessons learned in the last, while teaching you a different style of game design and programming.

Plus 3 months of Xbox Live Gold

The second piece of the bundle is a three-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold, Microsoft’s premium online game service. This membership gives you discounts on titles in the Xbox Store, free games to download and try out every month, and access to multiplayer features.

Part of game design is playing games for insight and inspiration. Tapping into Xbox Live Gold gives you a great way to try new titles and see how developers use Unreal.

Save on the 2023 Ultimate Xbox Game Developer Bundle

Game development can be a fun way to learn how to create your own apps. This eight-course bundle with Xbox Live Gold membership shows you how for $19.99. But move fast, as our big Deal Days sale ends October 12, 2022.

Prices subject to change.