Indie Devs Can't Self-Publish

#1 Edited by leftie68 (215 posts) -

What are your thoughts on MS unshakable stance on keeping their current stance on requiring Indie developers to reach out to Microsoft or a third-party publisher to put their games on X-Box Live Arcade? There is an interesting article in this month's Game Informer interviewing prominent Indie Game developers and their stance on working with Microsoft. It isn't good, and most seem to be jumping ship to PS4 and Nintendo. I think this is a bigger issue than the used games and the always-on arguments. Your thoughts?

#2 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -

@leftie68 said:

What are your thoughts on MS unshakable stance on keeping their current stance on requiring Indie developers to reach out to Microsoft or a third-party publisher to put their games on X-Box Live Arcade? There is an interesting article in this month's Game Informer interviewing prominent Indie Game developers and their stance on working with Microsoft. It isn't good, and most seem to be jumping ship to PS4 and Nintendo. I think this is a bigger issue than the used games and the always-on arguments. Your thoughts?

Also there wont be an Indie section anymore as well. Indy developer will not support this bullshit at all. If you want indy games better have a PC a PS4 or even for some a Wii U.

#3 Posted by Marcsman (3094 posts) -

Strike three. Microsoft is out.

#4 Posted by Haziqonfire (227 posts) -

This is terrible.

I don't really know what else to say - horrible policy.

#5 Posted by bigjeffrey (4711 posts) -

What so bad, they can't do it already. Which is already crappy

#6 Edited by MachoFantastico (4477 posts) -

Microsoft have made some poor early decisions with the Xbox One, but this one is baffling to me. Hell, Indie and XBLA games were key to Microsoft's early success.

#7 Edited by FunkasaurasRex (847 posts) -

Hey good on them for getting out there and alienating the enthusiast crowd early. Why bother beating around the bush?

#8 Edited by RE_Player1 (7545 posts) -

Microsoft has made me very happy with all these policies and their presentation yesterday because it has cemented my stance on having a Wii U, PS4 and PC for the upcoming generation.

#9 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (3535 posts) -
#10 Edited by metalsnakezero (2286 posts) -

Funny how Indie started Microsoft and now it is move away from them and to Sony and Nintendo.

#11 Posted by Gruff182 (851 posts) -

Who cares about games? You can watch TV and switch channels/inputs really quickly!!

#12 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

It is really telling If Nintendo's is "bashing" Microsoft XD

Dan Adelman ‏@Dan_Adelman (NoA's manager of business development.)

One might think I'd be glad Xbox won't allow indies to self-publish. It's actually a big negative, as indies need more exposure. #growthepie

https://twitter.com/Dan_Adelman/status/337238668924317696

#13 Posted by TheHBK (5458 posts) -

I doubt this matters to the masses. Money is money. They can put their games out on the PS4 and Steam but if there is still money to be made by putting it on the Xbox One, they will.

#14 Posted by Haziqonfire (227 posts) -
@darji said:

It is really telling If Nintendo's is "bashing" Microsoft XD

Dan Adelman ‏@Dan_Adelman (NoA's manager of business development.)

One might think I'd be glad Xbox won't allow indies to self-publish. It's actually a big negative, as indies need more exposure. #growthepie

https://twitter.com/Dan_Adelman/status/337238668924317696

It's funny because he used to work at Microsoft and helped with starting up XBLA.

From his LinkedIn:

Strategic Planning:

  • Launch team for Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) on Xbox 1
  • Created and managed strategy for Premium Downloadable Content via Xbox Live

Contract Negotiations:

  • Negotiated dozens of multi-million dollar contracts with multiple third party publishers for Xbox content

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