Submitted by ltachiUchiha 520d ago | news

Xbox One won't allow indies to self-publish games

By Andrew Yoon

Independent developers cannot self-publish their own games on Xbox Live Arcade. Instead, they must get a publishing deal--either with Microsoft Game Studios or with a third-party partner. Games published on Xbox Live Indie Games are exempt from that policy, but that marketplace isn't necessary seen as viable.

Limitations imposed by Microsoft have prevented a number of games from ever appearing on Xbox 360. And apparently, Xbox One won't change how Microsoft approaches indie games.

When asked if developers will still need a publisher to get content onto Xbox Live, Matt Booty, general manager of Redmond Game Studios and Platforms, told us that "as of right now, yes. We intend to continue to court developers in the ways that we have." (Microsoft, Xbox One)

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snake_eater  +   520d ago
Why? Why? What is going on?

Are they on crack?
Pyrrhus  +   520d ago
They are digging a big hole for themselves to fall into. Indies bring variety, especially in this pro-FPS generation.
NatureOfLogic  +   520d ago
I look at this (MS mistakes) as an opportunity for anyone thinking of entering the console business to take advantage of this current situation and announce a new console now( looking at you valve ).
ltachiUchiha  +   520d ago
Yes who ever is in charge of the xbox reveal or stradegy needs to get fired. I dont see how any of this is their stradegy for gamers. If they wanted to be the next comcast cable company they shouldve just named it xbox infinity.
Root  +   520d ago
Silly move in my opinion

Is Sony allowing indie devs to publish their own games ?
Pyrrhus  +   520d ago
Yes Sony will.


This is a pretty recent article. I believe Sony and Nintendo allow indies to publish their games.

EDIT: http://gamer.blorge.com/201...

Another older article that pretty much re-iterates PS4 allowing indies to self-publish. Its refreshing to see people take indies seriously.
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imt558  +   520d ago

Both Sony and Nintendo allow developers to publish their own games onto PlayStation Network and Nintendo Network, respectively. Microsoft's position stands in stark contrast to Sony, which has been aggressively pursuing indie content for PS4.
PLASTICA-MAN  +   520d ago
Sony even removed the fees for PS Mobile. Now you cna publish your PS mobile game for free.
TwistedMetal  +   520d ago
XboX One publisher
majiebeast  +   520d ago
Meanwhile at Microsoft HQ.

Bathyj  +   520d ago
Because indies don't have any exclusive dlc to sell. Those are the sort of devs ms likes.
BlmThug  +   520d ago
They are on paint thinner
OlgerO  +   520d ago
Lol where is greenpower now!
NYC_Gamer  +   520d ago
MS will have less indie support because of this move
AznGaara  +   520d ago
Which is why most indie games who go the console route are on Sony platforms now.
MasterCornholio  +   520d ago
Dont forget about Nintendo.
jacksheen0000  +   520d ago
MS is cocky as hell.
Godmars290  +   520d ago
No. Gaming just isn't they're main focus now.

They better hope that the TV thing works out, cause it sounds like they're burning bridges before they even get have traffic.
SexyGamerDude  +   520d ago
This news just gets worse and worse. The Sony office must be having a part right now. Their stocks went up yesterday during the One announcement and their competition is making it all easier for them.
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InMyOpinion  +   520d ago
The smart way would be to make it as easy as possible for indies to publish their games on Xbox Live. AND give them a BIG incentive to developing for, or incorporating, Kinect into their games. Kinect is dependent on creative ideas in order to grab peoples interest.
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Typical-Guy  +   520d ago
MS is seriously trying to fail, they want everyone to hate them not just gamers LOL... Oh my god! The more they talk, the better it looks for the other competitors !
givemeshelter  +   520d ago
LOLOLOLOLOL.... ROTFLMFAO..... I am actually laughing at this out loud. It's like Nintendo and Sony planted a secret agent inside Microsoft Xbox division at the highest levels and planned to destroy the Xbox brand because all these asshat decsions Microsoft is making is totally retarded. Seems the higher ups been drinking too much of the silly sauce.
Microsoft is doing EVERYTHING they can to kill the Xbox... There has to be a Sony or Nintendo or both inside agent doing this LOL LOL
What a Disaster Microsoft has become...
RTheRebel  +   520d ago
Valve release the SteamBox quickly;)
Ashunderfire86  +   520d ago
That will be the Apocalypse man!!!! Half Life 3 day one launch is it's Trojan Horse.
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Zichu  +   520d ago
He was asked if developers STILL need publishers to upload content to Xbox LIVE and the response was yes.

So really, this hasn't changed from when developers had publish games for the Xbox 360 on LIVE.

I don't think this question was actually intended to be about Indie Games. I'm not trying to spin this around, but nowhere does it mention that Indie Developers can't deliver content without a publisher. Pretty sure MS will keep the Xbox Live Indie Games system the way it is right now.

I don't think a developer can just walk up to Microsoft with a game in hand and except them to put their game on their console without a publisher. It's just not the way it works.
AznGaara  +   520d ago
Wii-U and Ps3/Vita/Ps4 all allow indie devs to self-publish their games on their network now so whats stopping MS from doing it? Its not a quality control thing because I just played Guacamelee and Thomas Was Alone and those games were fantastic and were self published games. Of course MS could just throw money at indie devs and put them on XBLA under their "Microsoft Studios" publishing.
ZILLA  +   520d ago
Holy S#!T...xbox is in BIG trouble people!!
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strigoi814  +   520d ago
See all they want is your money...simple
ElementX  +   520d ago
Like Sony proprietary memory cards for Vita? All companies are out to make money
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strigoi814  +   520d ago
And so is MS xbox360 hard drives am i right? which comes first egg or the chicken?

Vita is a handheld buddy..they cant be packed with big hard drives they need memory cards..sony know that it will be easily to hack the handheld if they use the same SD cards..and sony know how to innovate not just slapping and putting together other peoples idea in ONE..
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ElementX  +   520d ago
My point is all companies try to make money. They aren't in business to lose money or break even.
LeCreuset  +   520d ago

If your point was that all companies try to make money, it's a point that didn't need to be made. It really just comes off as a deflection.

Of course all companies want to make money, but there's a point where it becomes simple greed. Strigoi just laid out the reasons to you that Sony went with the Vita memory cards. What are the reasons for many of the moves Microsoft has, is, and will make? Requiring indies to have a publisher. 24 hour log ins. Charging you to use your internet connection. Charging you to use services, like Netflix, that you already pay for. The used games fiasco. Take your pick.
Skate-AK  +   520d ago
The whole reveal has been Hara-kiri and they didn't even realize what they were doing. This has been something that will never leave them.
cleft5  +   520d ago
This is actually bigger news than the used games situation.
sir_fortesque  +   520d ago
I really hope they fail big time at the start and they rectify their mistakes. I want some good healthy competition, sony and MS to try and outdo each other. The absolute worst thing for gaming is if this is a big success and MS shit system paves the way for other companies to copy their lame ass
LeCreuset  +   520d ago
TBH, I just want them to hit rock bottom and never recover at this point. I think the argument of having them around for competition is overrated. Sure, it's good to have QUALITY competition that BENEFITS gamers, but I don't want competition that's only going to open doors to screwing over gamers. I don't need to be charged to play the multiplayer on the game I bought, for the Netflix I already pay for, nor do I want the game I bought being treated as something MS was kind enough to loan to me, instead of something I could resell without their involvement if I so chose. Let Valve be the next competition, or have Nintendo step their game up. I hope Microsoft crashes and burns. Their idea of competing is more along the lines of EA Sports: through restricting gamer experiences.
sir_fortesque  +   519d ago
I know it won't happen, but it would be cool if SEGA got back into consoles. The DreamCast was a system that deserved better.
I think Nintendo are out. They will keep trying to be different from Sony from here on out. After the Gamecube they realised they couldn't compete on the same level, so they did the Wii (and it worked (financially wise)).
Valve would be the best competition for Sony, I agree. They are a company who is focused on GAMING.
majiebeast  +   520d ago
Wow thats pretty bad this X1tanic is sinking pretty fast.
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ElementX  +   520d ago
If you want indies, get a PC. The savings alone for games during Steam, Greenmangaming, and Gamersgate sales makes a gaming PC pay for itself. When console owners were paying $60 for Tomb Raider, PC gamers could get it for $30 at online distribution sites. Not to mention all the indie games on sale on Steam for <$10. I have over 250 games on Steam, a lot are indie. There are daily, weekly, midweek, and weekend sales, all on those above mentioned sites. Not to mention humblebundle.com, indiegala.com, and indieroyale.com for indie bundles dirt cheap!
urwifeminder  +   520d ago
I think I only played one indie game this whole gen so no biggie for me I don't really care about others habits.
BladerunnerZX  +   520d ago
Xbox , show me indie games

Xbox One ; whats an indie game ? I suggest you watch star trek again....

SOULJER  +   520d ago
GREAT. Are you serious can there be any more bad news for this system. They did an excellent job of selling the PS4 as the new console of choice. lol 2funny.
first1NFANTRY  +   520d ago
GAME OVER. M$ doesn't have any more third party exclusives to steal this time around. Indie devs are the next generation of innovators. M$ has shot themselves in the foot yet AGAIN!
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BlaqMagiq24  +   519d ago
Xbox, burn Microsoft to the ground.

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