So for both HG and CoG, it is written that “We accept work from authors under the age of 18 for [Hosted Games]. This requires a parent or guardian to be a signatory to your contract.” Which is understandable because part of the agreement between HG and the author is that, although the author retains IP, they give over some rights to electronic publishing. (This is so the author isn’t handing the game out elsewhere which would cause HG to lose money and maybe not even turn a profit [to the best of my knowledge].)
For those who don’t know, anyone under 18 (a minor), in the U.S., Can void any contract they are ‘bound’ by until they are 18 unless an adult(parent) has also signed the contract with them.
Onto my “completely hypothetical” question:
If a (almost) 17 y/o wanted to have their game published by HG but one parent lives 1,396 miles away and the other is the type of person who would divorce such a kind man, then is there any possible way for that 17 y/o to not have to wait a year and/or have a signatory parent?
Does HG pay all taxes for income on their games, ie both their and the author’s income taxes (SS, state, federal, medicare, etc) or is the author responsible for those? I’m pretty sure I’ve read that employers withhold it from employees paychecks.
(I really suck at filling out 1040s)