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."

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snake_eater1796d ago

Why? Why? What is going on?

Are they on crack?

Pyrrhus1796d ago

They are digging a big hole for themselves to fall into. Indies bring variety, especially in this pro-FPS generation.

NatureOfLogic1796d 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 ).

ltachiUchiha1796d 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.

Root1796d ago

Silly move in my opinion

Is Sony allowing indie devs to publish their own games ?

Pyrrhus1796d ago (Edited 1796d ago )

Yes Sony will.

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


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

imt5581796d 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.


Sony even removed the fees for PS Mobile. Now you cna publish your PS mobile game for free.

Bathyj1796d ago

Because indies don't have any exclusive dlc to sell. Those are the sort of devs ms likes.

BlmThug1796d ago

They are on paint thinner

OlgerO1796d ago

Lol where is greenpower now!

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NYC_Gamer1796d ago

MS will have less indie support because of this move

AznGaara1796d ago

Which is why most indie games who go the console route are on Sony platforms now.

Godmars2901796d 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.

SexyGamerDude1796d ago (Edited 1796d 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.

InMyOpinion1796d ago (Edited 1796d 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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