All publications by tag «indie developers»
Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision ‘strikes fear’ in indie devs that might be outshined by AAA blockbusters
While Microsoft’s deal to acquire Activision Blizzard is yet to be approved, some indie developers are now raising concerns over its possible aftermath. They worry that the industry’s consolidation might leave them buried under tons of AAA games.
PlayStation to reportedly fix its relationship with indie devs by improving discoverability and communications
Sony might be planning to improve its relationship with indie developers and publishers. According to the global partner survey’s results, the company wants to fix some of PlayStation’s problems, including bad communication and poor discoverability.
Flazm on Time Loader, indiedev, and publishers: “Only a few survive the valley of death”
Time Loader is a new story-driven and physics-based puzzle game created by small indie team Flazm. We spoke to the studio’s head Alexey “Flazm” Davydov about the development process, the game’s mechanics, publishers, budgets, and the indie dev space in general.
Facts about Palestinian games industry and how indie devs create games about war in their spare time
Palestina doesn’t have any successful game companies or any famous AAA games, which is why the country is not presented in the global market. There are, however, a lot of solo developers who try to change that situation by making games in their spare time, with many of them containing strong messages.
What mistakes devs should avoid when launching Kickstarter campaign
Indie developer Seyed Nasrollahi has analyzed the results of the Kickstarter campaign for his game Operation Outsmart, which managed to reach only around 10% of its initial goal. Despite the bad results, he decided to share his experience with other devs.
SNKRX dev compares its average playtime to other roguelites, with Slay the Spire being absolute leader
Roguelites usually have huge replayability, as their gameplay loop motivates players to come back to them over and over again. Indie developer a327ex, who created SNKRX, decided to compare his game’s playtime stats to similar titles on Steam.
Indie games account for 40% of all units sold on Steam, based on analysis of over 60K titles
Steam has always been a good place for indie games, and this market keeps growing every year. According to a new piece of analysis from VG Insights, indie titles make up 40% of all units sold on Valve’s store.
How Shapez.io, Zen version of Factorio, became hit on Steam with $1 million in revenue
Indie developer Tobias Springer, who created Shapez.io as a more approachable and less stressful version of Factorio, has discussed his title’s viral success. So what helped it skyrocket from a simple web game to a $1-million hit?
Indie developer on exploitative terms of publishing contracts: “It’s the industry that’s failing devs”
Imagine you are an indie developer who has been offered about half a million by a publisher. Sounds good, right? But what if the terms of this contract are so exploitative that it might be dangerous to sign it.
SAAM announces itch.io game jam for indie developers to find projects that embrace individuality
Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) has offered indie developers a new creative opportunity with the announcement of SAAM Arcade 2021. This game jam won’t have judges and will be dedicated to projects about building community and embracing individuality.
Indie devs on PlayStation charging $25,000 for promotion and “leaving behind so many titles”
Sony faced a new wave of criticism after it was revealed that PlayStation charges devs at least $25,000 for promotion. Indie developers started sharing their experiences of working with the company, pointing out the lack of support, bad discoverability, and low sales among other problems.
Disney open to working with indie developers on games based on its franchises
During its E3 showcase, Microsoft revealed that a new expansion for Sea of Thieves will be based on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. And it looks like Disney also has plans to collaborate with other developers on bringing more of its IPs to video games.