For this cast, I sat down with Anders Gustafsson from Cockroach Inc. who made the stop motion adventure game The Dream Machine. We spoke about adventure game design and what it was like to design a literally handmade adventure.
Today’s Industry Insight is about the growing problem of G2A in the game market. I talked about why developers hate the site and why this should be a place that you avoid. While there is definitely a need for a marketplace for game keys, their business practice and lack of consumer protection speaks volumes about how reputable they are.
Valve announced a major change to Steam last week and how you put your game on the platform. Steam Greenlight will be replaced by Steam Direct; removing the community’s ability to vote for what games they would like to see on the platform. In its place, developers will have to pay a recoupable fee per game that they want to have up on Steam.
This has many Indie developers worried about the future and how this will impact the game market.
The rise and growth of the Indie market has been amazing to watch. In about eight years, we have seen a number of games come from small groups of people with creativity that rivals major studios. Games like Five Nights at Freddy’s, Minecraft, Stardew Valley and more, have become major names in both niche and mainstream circles. With that said, the phrase “Indie Developer” when it comes to games is a very odd phrase, and raises an interesting debate about what is an Indie developer.