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Indie Developers Can’t Self Publish On Xbox One

Want to appear on Xbox Live Arcade?  You’re still going to need a publisher.

If any indie developer wants their game to appear on the Xbox Live Arcade on Xbox One, rather than the somewhat underexposed Indie Games section, it’s going to require signing a deal with a publisher, be it Microsoft Game Studios or a third party company.  This is the exact same system in place on the Xbox 360, where indie developers can only self-publish in the Indie Games section.

This stance is in direct contrast to Sony and Nintendo’s stance on indie games, as they allow self publishing, and is also responsible for several indie games not appearing on the Xbox 360 at all.  Gamasutra reached out to indie developers and have found that several aren’t developing for Xbox One at the moment or haven’t received a callback from Microsoft.

Considering how indie gaming has become a bigger business in recent years, it’s strange that Microsoft would seem to not want to make it easier to get indie games out in front of their audience, while their competitors are making it much easier for developers to get their content out to people.

Source: Shacknews, Gamasutra

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3 comments

  1. Yeah that is weird. I could see it if they were intent on making the Indie Games section of Live a much bigger presence (which would probably be a really good idea), but other than that this one doesn’t seem to make much sense.

  2. I read somewhere that Xbox One is actually not distinguishing between retail, Arcade and Indie on the marketplace, and it’s just one big free for all. That’s even more concerning to me. What chance have indie games got of getting noticed in that situation?

  3. None, and that’s going to be something they’re gonna have to address. Indies are quickly getting to be a big deal (how soon till they stop being indies btw?) and to treat ’em like second class more than likely isn’t going to fly down the road.

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