WordPress TGM Plugin

Hey Everyone,

I am a new author to ThemeForest and I’m about ready to submit my first WordPress theme for review to the review team. However, I want to get it right. I know a lot of first-timers get themes soft and hard-rejected, so I’m trying to increase my chances of getting an approval. I included the Option Tree plugin hard-coded into the theme, but I saw in the submittal requirements that the TGM plugin is required. Do I have to include Option Tree via the TGM plugin or can I leave it hard-coded into the theme?

Thanks in advance for your help!