Bookkeeping and Accounting for Game Developers

Need a hand managing the finances for your game development company? At Bench Accounting, we manage your books, so you have more time to focus on creating the next big hit. Try us for free.

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How Bench works with game developers

Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing done by experts—who understand the unique needs of the game development industry. Bench works with game developers.

We get you set up

Our team dedicates time to gain a comprehensive understanding of your game development business, answer your queries, assist you in linking your accounts, and guide you on how Bench functions.

We do your bookkeeping

Every month, your personal bookkeeper categorizes your game development transactions and prepares financial reports. If they require any additional information from you, they'll reach out promptly.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts understands the nuances of the gaming industry's tax regulations and will tailor their strategy to match your game development business's specific requirements.

Here’s why game developers like you trust Bench with their bookkeeping and accounting

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

We'll keep you posted regularly with financial updates tailored for game developers. Have urgent bookkeeping issues that need addressing right away? Rest assured, our team will respond in one business day or less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

At Bench Accounting, we offer an innovative platform tailored for game developers, enabling automated data inputs from leading providers, cutting out frequent errors and discrepancies. We actively collaborate with industry giants such as Unity, Epic Games, Steam, and PlayStation Network, ensuring an accurate, real-time snapshot of your financial health is always available. With Bench, your finances are as advanced as your game codes.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Wave farewell to mountains of paperwork and labor-intensive manual tracking - we automate inputs directly from your linked accounts. Gain insights from one central dashboard, allowing you to effortlessly understand your game development business's health and make strategic choices.

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Bench integrates with your favorite small business tools

We sync seamlessly with your financial accounts and tools to keep your books up-to-date and save you the time and effort of manually uploading documents.

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We know bookkeeping for game developers

Within the ever-evolving gaming industry, developers face unique financial complexities such as the research & development tax credit, software capitalization rules, state-by-state digital sales tax, and the expense associated with regular equipment upgrades. At Bench, we have a profound understanding of these industry-specific challenges, ensuring that game developers can remain focused on shaping the future of interactive media while we take care of their bookkeeping. Taxes and legalities, like the nuances of using tax incentives for video game development, are our area of expertise.

Bench’s ingenious combination of user-friendly technology with real human bookkeepers enables us to deliver comprehensive and industry-tailored bookkeeping service. Our team is composed of professionals who are not only experienced in bookkeeping, but also well-versed in specific laws and taxes relevant to the game development industry. Whether it’s categorizing expenses for server costs, managing various revenue streams derived from game sales and customer subscriptions, or navigating the labyrinth of state digital sales taxes, Bench is designed to handle the unique bookkeeping challenges faced by game developers. With Bench, game developers can press play on their bookkeeping and tax needs, confident in the knowledge that their finances are being professionally managed and their business is in compliance with all industry regulations.

Simple, straightforward pricing for everything your business needs.

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Choose Plan

Essential

Best for those looking for peace of mind and accurate financials done by professional bookkeepers.
$249/mo

billed annually

Dedicated bookkeeping experts
Accurate monthly books and year-end tax-ready financial packages
P&L, balance sheet and 1099 reporting
Unlimited communication with your bookkeeping team

Premium

Best for those looking for an all-in-one bookkeeping, tax advisory and income tax filing service.
$399/mo

billed annually

Everything in Essential plan
Dedicated team of licensed tax professionals to file your income tax return on time
Annual income tax filing for businesses (partnerships, S corps, C corps)
Annual income tax filing for individuals (sole proprietors, contractors)

Essential

Best for those looking for peace of mind and accurate financials done by professional bookkeepers.
$299/mo

billed monthly

Dedicated bookkeeping experts
Accurate monthly books and year-end tax-ready financial packages
P&L, balance sheet and 1099 reporting
Unlimited communication with your bookkeeping team

Premium

Best for those looking for an all-in-one bookkeeping, tax advisory and income tax filing service.
$499/mo

billed monthly

Everything in Essential plan
Dedicated team of licensed tax professionals to file your income tax return on time
Annual income tax filing for businesses (partnerships, S corps, C corps)
Annual income tax filing for individuals (sole proprietors, contractors)

Frequently Asked Questions

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How can game developers effectively manage their unique revenue streams for accounting purposes?

Game developers often have multiple, unique revenue streams that can be challenging to manage. This can range from game sales, in-app purchases, ads revenue, merchandise sales to licensing fees. Here's how they can effectively manage these for accounting purposes:

<ul><li>Firstly, they should implement a robust accounting system that can handle and categorize these diverse income streams. This system should be able to accurately record transactions and generate detailed reports for analysis.</li><li>Secondly, they must stay updated with the latest tax regulations related to their revenue streams. To ensure compliance, consulting with a qualified tax specialist is recommended.</li><li>Lastly, hiring a professional bookkeeper is also extremely beneficial. This ensures that their financial records are accurate and updated, freeing them to focus on developing their games. A good bookkeeper will understand the nuances of the gaming industry and can provide tailored financial advice.</li></ul>

At Bench, we offer bookkeeping and financial services catered specifically to game developers. Our team of experts understand the industry-specific challenges and are ready to help manage your unique revenue streams effectively.

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What specific tax incentives and credits are available for game developers and how can I apply for them?

Game developers often qualify for several tax incentives and credits, primarily related to research and development or digital media. The specifics can vary by location and company structure. Two common examples are the R&D Tax Credit and the Video Game Tax Credit. To determine eligibility and application processes, it's recommended to consult with a financial advisor or tax professional. They can provide tailored advice and potentially reveal other, lesser-known incentives.

Additionally, our team of expert bookkeepers at Bench Accounting has extensive experience in various industries, such as game development. They can help navigate the complexities of these tax incentives and credits, ensuring you maximize your savings and stay compliant.

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As a game developer, how can I tackle the complexities of international transactions and the implications they have on accounting?

An effective way to tackle the complex nature of international transactions and their implications on accounting is to hire a professional bookkeeper. As a game developer, your expertise lies in creating engaging gaming content and platforms, not necessarily in managing complicated international finances. A professional bookkeeper has the knowledge and skills needed to keep track of all your transactions, even those overseas. They are well-versed in dealing with international accounting regulations.

At Bench Accounting, we specialize in accommodating businesses of all kinds, including those in the game development industry. We understand the unique challenges you face and will provide a tailored approach to keep your financial reports organized and compliant with international standards. Save yourself from the stressful guesswork and let us help you make sense of your business transactions.

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Does Bench outsource bookkeeping?

Nope! All bookkeeping is completed in-house.

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Will I have one point of contact?

Your bookkeeper will be your main point of contact, but at times you might hear from another member of your team. This is usually when your bookkeeper goes on vacation, is sick, or otherwise unavailable.

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How much time each month will I have to spend managing my Bench account?

We handle the bookkeeping for you but sometimes we’ll need your input, especially at year-end. On average, expect to spend 15 minutes each month answering questions for your bookkeeper, or uploading supporting docs.

Bookkeeping Services for Game developers

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