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Every once in a while, I see an email or a post on the forums from a developer who has created a game and wants to explore options for publishing it as an Xbox LIVE Arcade game or an Xbox LIVE-enabled game for Windows Phone, or Windows. There is a forum FAQ that we have been maintaining that contains some getting started links that will hopefully help developers who are interesting in learning more about this process. You can find the FAQ item at http://xboxforums.create.msdn.com/forums/t/3290.aspx.
In that FAQ, there are several links with more information about the Xbox LIVE Arcade program, the game submission process, and developing and submitting game pitches. Here are a few of the most useful getting started links: