Thank you for all the support you have provided LINE Creators Market in 2014.
Since submission of creators’ stickers opened this April, we have seen works from countless creators around the world. The service has since grown in scale to carry over 36,000 sets of creators’ stickers.
However, we realize that we have caused many inconveniences to our users due to slow review speeds and difficulty finding stickers as the service has grown rapidly. In the coming year, we have a few changes planned to resolve these issues to make it easier for creators to sell their works and LINE users to buy them.
1.Addition of Categories (Spring 2015)
With the number of creators stickers growing every day, many users have mentioned that it is difficult to find the stickers that they want to buy in the Sticker Shop. In order to improve visibility and functionality, we will be adding categories to the Sticker Shop.
Sticker Shop (Sample)
In addition to categories, we will also be overhauling the Sticker Shop to make it easier for LINE users to find and buy stickers, such as by actively featuring creators’ stickers that tend to hide in the shadows of other stickers.
Note: The images above are just for reference, and the actual categories and designs released may differ.
2.Review Process and Period
Reducing the review period, something many of our creators have requested, is at the top of our to-do list. In particular, we will be expanding our review staff in order to speed up the process, and upgrading our systems to process large amounts of sticker submission data in a short amount of time. This system upgrade will be complete as quickly as February 2015, after which the waiting period between submission and commencement of sales will be shortened significantly. We appreciate your patience as we work on this.
We will also be publishing a FAQ for the review guidelines in response to comments from our creators. These are just some of the many efforts planned to make the Creators Market more open to participation from all creators across the world. We truly hope you like these changes.
3. Payment Share Received by Creators
a. Lowest Payment Amount Lowered to JPY 1,000 (February 2015)
Currently, creators are unable to apply for bank transfers if the total sales of their stickers do not exceed JPY 10,000. To help more creators enjoy the fruit of their labor, the lowest payment amount will be lowered to JPY 1,000 as of February 2015 (tentative).
If you have been unable to apply for a bank transfer because your sticker sales have not exceeded JPY 10,000, you can now do so and be rewarded for your creations.
b. New Share Percentage for Stickers Submitted from February 1, 2015
Currently, 50% of the total sales amount goes toward the creator. Beginning with stickers submitted for review from February 1, 2015, creators will receive 50% of the amount after App Store or Google Play transaction fees (30%) have been deducted, or 35% of the total sales.
Since submissions of creators’ stickers opened this April, we have received an overwhelming number of submissions, greatly exceeding our initial expectations. As a result, we were not able to expand our review team and upgrade our systems in time, leading to frustrations with the review process being too slow and stickers being difficult to find.
We have been paying the App Store and Google Play transaction fees out of the share of sales received by our company (LINE Corporation). To resolve the core issue, we will be distributing the total sales minus the transaction fees 50-50 between the creator and the company in the future. Using this revenue, we will further expand our review team and develop the necessary systems to implement categories and shorten the review period, and the operation of the service.
Please note that stickers reviewed, updated, pending review, rejected, or on sale before January 31, 2015 will continue to enjoy the old share (50% of the total sales) after February 1. If you are preparing to submit your stickers, we recommend clicking the Request button by January 31.
The User Agreement will be modified to incorporate the above changes in early January 2015.
LINE will continue to improve on the Creators Market in response to all your comments and requests in order for creators to further express their creativity.
LINE Creators Market：http://creator.line.me/