Gamestar Mechanic (“Gamestar” or the "site") is an online service offered by E-Line Media (“we” or “us”) that helps users learn how to design video games. This policy covers how we treat the information we collect and receive from you. Our goal is to create a safe, entertaining and educational online environment that complies with the United States Federal Trade Commission's Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.

This Privacy Policy is effective as of September 8, 2016. In the future, our site or our practices may change. When we make changes related to privacy, we will revise this Privacy Policy to reflect the changes. We'll post the updated version here. If we think the changes will significantly impact your use of the site or the treatment of information you have already provided, we will also notify you and ask that you review and consent to the new policy.

This Privacy Policy applies to the version of Gamestar Mechanic that is open to registration and use by members of the general public. We also make private “realms” of the service available to certain organizations or groups, and it is the responsibility of those organizations or groups to inform their users if their own privacy policies differ from this one. Users within these realms should contact their Realm Administrator for more information.

Information we collect

Information you provide to us

With the exception of students using Gamestar Mechanic in an educational setting as described below, when you register for a Gamestar Mechanic account, we do not require that you provide us with personal information such as a real name, address or telephone number.

When you register, we ask for and store your birthdate in order to determine your eligibility to use certain age-restricted features of the site, specifically Social Media and Networking Features. We will not use your birthdate for any other purposes, including promotional purposes.

We do not request, store or collect email addresses from persons under the age of 13. If you are thirteen (13) years old or older, you may optionally provide us with an email address. If you choose to provide us with an email address, we will use it only to contact you to provide customer service. You also have the option of allowing us to use this email address to contact you regarding Gamestar Mechanic features, contests and promotions. If you purchase an optional premium pack during your registration or are registering to use Gamestar Mechanic as an Educator, we require that you supply us with the email address of a person age eighteen or older. We will only use email addresses we collect for communication directly related to Gamestar Mechanic, and every email we send will have clear opt-out instructions. Furthermore, we will never share these email addresses with any third party.

If we do not have an email address on file for your user account (either because you are under the age of 13 or you have chosen not to provide us with one), you will also have the option of providing us with an email address in the event you initiate a support request. If you provide us with an email address in this situation, we will only use it to contact you with regard to your support request and will remove it from our system at your request once the support issue has been resolved.

If you register your account as a student in a class within Gamestar Mechanic created by a professional educator and subject to the terms of our Educational Licensing Agreement, you may be asked to provide your real First and Last Name. In this event, the teacher and/or school have represented that they have obtained parent/guardian permission to act as an agent with respect to the collection of students' personal information within the school context. This information is stored in our system in a secure manner and displayed only to authorized users at the educational institution to assist them in identifying students in Gamestar Mechanic. Your real First and Last Name are not used or displayed elsewhere in Gamestar Mechanic or shared with any third parties.

Gamestar Mechanic account holders can view the personal information they have provided to us any time they are logged into their account by going to their profile page. At any time, you may request that your personal information be removed from our system and your account be disabled, either from your profile page or by sending a request to . If you make such a request, we will disable your account and remove the personal information from our system so that it cannot be used in the future.

Information we track

When you visit the site and use different features of Gamestar, our automated software and tools routinely collect information for the purposes of supporting internal operations, as described below, such as IP address, browser/device type/capabilities, network/geographic location (at the city/state level) and site usage data (for example: what pages are accessed, how much time was spent on each page, etc.).

Community Features

As you use Gamestar Mechanic, you will have the option to participate in an online community with other users. Community features include

• Sharing games you have created with other users
• Sharing an online profile with other users
• Posting comments, reviews or ratings for your games or games shared by other users

All of these activities are optional, and our goal is to make them part of the safe, fun and educational Gamestar Mechanic experience. Your participation in these activities – as with all of Gamestar Mechanic – is governed by the Rules of Conduct, which describe the acceptable ways to use Gamestar.

We do not require, request, or retain any personal information from you in the course of your using the Community Features. In fact, Gamestar’s Terms of Service and Rules of Conduct specifically prohibit users from sharing personal information through Community Features. We make every effort to enforce these rules through electronic tools, selective monitoring by our staff and investigating reports from our community members. You should understand, however, that any information you choose to share through Community Features may be accessible by anyone who uses Gamestar.

Sharing Features

In certain parts of the Gamestar, users over the age of 13 may have the option of sharing something you’ve created or like using an “Invite a Friend” feature. In this case, you will be asked to submit your friend’s name and email address and your name and, optionally, your email address. This information will be used only to send the message you requested, and will not be stored or maintained by us.

Social Media and Networking Features

In certain parts of Gamestar, you may have the option of sharing something you've created or like to a third-party social media or networking site such as Facebook or Twitter. We do not expose or allow access to these features to children under the age of 13 and, by default, these features are also disabled if your account is a member of a school or institution (unless you are over 13 and your school or institution's administrator has enabled them). If you are over 13 and are not a member of any school or institution, you may also enable or disable access to social media and networking features for your account using the 'Manage Account' feature.

Your usage of these features is strictly voluntary. If you elect to use third-party services, you become subject to the third party’s terms of use and privacy policies. You should review the privacy policies of these third-party services for their policies and practices regarding the collection and use of your information as their policies may differ from ours. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the privacy practices of third party services.

Generally, we do not ask for or collect any personal information from you in order to use third-party social media or networking features. If, for any reason, the usage of a third party social media or networking feature requires that you provide personal information to us or would result in us having access to your personal information, you will be explicitly asked for permission (either by Gamestar, the third-party site or both) and given the opportunity to decline to provide the information and not use the feature.

Users who purchase premium content or features

We require users purchasing premium features or content from Gamestar Mechanic to provide us with the information we need to process their payments such as name, address, telephone number and other such information associated with the method of payment. We securely store this information in our system for the purposes of automating future payments and providing customer service if authorized by the individual making the purchase (“Purchaser”). This information pertains to the Purchaser, who must be eighteen or older and who may or may not be the actual user of Gamestar Mechanic. Specific terms of use related to users of the Premium version of Gamestar Mechanic are described in the Subscriber Agreement.


In common with many websites, Gamestar places small files known as “cookies” on our users’ machines. Cookies allow Gamestar to support internal site operations by providing a convenient experience for our users, keeping track of user identities as they navigate to different parts of the Gamestar website.

We may allow third parties to place and read their own cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies to collect information through Gamestar. For example, our third-party service providers may use these technologies to collect information that helps us to support our internal operations, for example to facilitate the processing of payment transactions.

For the best user experience, we recommend that you allow your web browser to accept cookies from Gamestar Mechanic. It is possible to configure your web browser not to accept cookies, but this may cause some features of Gamestar not to work properly.

How we use this information

We use the information we collect to enable Gamestar features; respond to your requests and provide customer service; let you know about new features and other news from Gamestar; ask for your input and feedback on what we are doing; and provide personalized services and recommendations.

If you have provided us with an email address and have opted in for us to do so, we may contact you via email to share information that we think will be of interest to you such as new features, product updates and contests. If you would prefer not to receive these updates, you may opt out of them at any time by changing the notification settings on your account settings page. Each of these emails also contains instructions for how to opt out. However, even if you opt out of these notices, you may still receive email from us related specifically to your use of Gamestar: for example in response to a customer service request.

We also use your personal information and certain non-personal Gamestar website usage data to support our internal operations, for example improving the quality and design of Gamestar and its website; and to create new features, promotions, and services by storing, tracking, and analyzing user preferences and trends.

Third parties

As part of our regular business conduct, we may securely share information with third-party companies or individuals providing services or acting on our behalf, such as companies providing payment processing, technological or fulfillment services.

Outside of these specific circumstances, we never share your personal information with third parties. This includes not sharing your personal information with third parties for commercial or marketing purposes.

Occasionally, we may share non-personal data with third parties such as sponsors or academic researchers who are conducting research involving Gamestar Mechanic. In these circumstances, we only share data in ways that do not result in the third parties obtaining our users’ personal information.

How to contact us

If you have questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, you can contact us via email at or at

Gamestar Mechanic
c/o E-Line Media
1295 W. Washington Street
Suite 105
Tempe, AZ 85281