I've had a game published through Bigfish in the past.. I've also had one go through GameHouse (use to be RealMedia) These are two of the biggest players in the game portal biz. Here's what I've learned from this:
1. BigFishGames = a LOT more sales... period.
My game that was published through GameHouse hit the top 10 overall and it was in that ranking for almost a month, and it didn't even come close to what I made with bigfish which btw, my game never hit any charts there at all.
2. Residuals through BFG last longer (typically) I was cut paychecks for larger amounts a lot longer than I was with GH.
3. They do take a long time to get back to you at first, but once you're in the door, they are actually very fast in communications with their partners (developers) You are in touch with the inside and get access to people who will answer questions and address concerns rather quickly.
4. Both BFG & GH are very top-notch portals, they are in it for the $$ and thus don't play around, they take this very seriously and you should be glad for this if you ever land a spot in their catalogs.
Now that said... negotiations are always on the table, it never hurts to ask/propose something different. Even if it's in the way of say... guaranteed downloads in a given period.
Edited by membrain, 23 July 2012 - 06:19 PM.