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What indies think of Valve giving more money to big sellers
The last 10 years of PC gaming have been defined by Steam's emergence as the de facto PC games store. The next few might be defined by the competition to it. With Epic announcing yesterday that its ... read more
Should You Quit Your Job To Go Make Video Games?
If you don’t know the answer to those questions, then having a big savings account or tickets to GDC isn’t going to help you. “I’ve got a great idea!” you might think ... make any money on the games ... read more
Indies challenge themselves to find innovation in the tired old FPS genre
For the most part, however, FPS developers don't bother exploring potential innovation in the genre because of the big money involved ... "Hopefully it got them thinking... I hope indies will make ... read more
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What will all-digital gaming mean for developers, especially indies?
Will big publishers ... actually making enough money to live is going to thin the herd of developers. A.M.’s email suggested that he’s concerned with the survival of indie developers, and I can ... read more
There are too many video games. What now?
But while enthusiastic hobbyists might simply return to their day jobs if their indie dreams stay unfulfilled, the scale of big-budget games spirals ever skyward, meaning that more ... alike think of ... read more
The Rise of the Indie Developer
It's giving players what they want, and what they cannot seem to get from other gaming experiences. But what is that, exactly? "I'm not so sure there's nothing indies can do that big studios can't," ... read more
Volume vs. price: one indie dev describes Steam sales
He brought up the fact that many independent developers pour their own money into their games, and no one wants to measure success by dollars, but rather the quality of the game they create. "I think ... read more
'Fortnite' Is So Popular It Could End Steam's Decade-Long Dominance
The more money a game makes ... advantage of what Valve just did—basically give a AAA-only discount—and say ‘Hey indies! WE'RE here for you!’ If they successfully take advantage of that it could be ... read more
State of play: 3 things we learned at 2019's Game Developers Conference
Valve’s market ... don’t have to give money away to Steam. With Steam you’re just a content provider for their platform.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest Indie game Semblance has been a hit with critics, ... read more
Moving platforms forward in an Epic Games world
I'm not typically very active in discussions like these -- I think I wrote my last blog about 10 years ago ... But as Bulkhead Interactive's Joe Brammer noted, more money in the pocket of a developer ... read more
Steam developers speak: Maximum profits for Valve, minimum responsibilities
“[Valve] doesn’t give ... big titles and “AAA indies” are pushed more and more ahead by what smaller developers perceive as an incomprehensible algorithm, the future of Steam seems bleak for those who ... read more
Steam Greenlight vs. Steam Direct: What indies need to know
This is more for reference; I’ll try and make this brief. Steam Greenlight was a feature of Steam implemented by Valve ... and gives said game more exposure with the front page, recommended for you, ... read more