Weaker subscription deals have hit indie publishers, says analyst

Devolver and TinyBuild's difficult year is partially down to smaller deals coming from Sony and Microsoft

Read Full Story >>
lodossrage230d ago

That's no shock. And as sub-services start to grow, those deals will get even smaller. Partially because the incentive for companies to make said deals will be lessened when they reach their saturation points.

What is sad though is this analyst is saying they're depending on Sony or Microsoft to give them handouts to make ends meet rather than depend on a portfolio of quality games.

JEECE230d ago

Who could have foreseen this?

lodossrage230d ago

Yup, and while they push for that "all-digital" future, it'll get worse over time.

JEECE230d ago

Maybe I'm missing something, but this seems to be about publishers becoming dependent on the subscription model rather than a la carte sales; I'm not sure how digital vs. physical is relevant to this. Even prior to subscriptions taking off, indie publishers like the ones discussed probably sold the vast majority of their a la carte copies digitally anyway, except for some limited editions.

lodossrage229d ago

True, the developer here (devolver) is mainly digital anyway.

I was referring to the industry as a whole. As corporations push for digital only, the developers' bargaining power will go away along with the customers' buying power.

When I say it will get worse, I'm talking about as these companies get bigger digital gaming footprints and market share, there will be less of a reason to give sweetheart deals to grow their base since the growth will be on autopilot at that point.

It wasn't about physical vs digital per se, more about the fact that these devs will have to get use to getting less over time. Sorry for the confusion.

ApocalypseShadow230d ago

I said this over and over in the threads. Those good deals would start shrinking. And when gamers got used to their games in a service and not buying their products, they'd be stuck getting less money from publishers as more games hit the services. Then, those publishers would be screwed unless they really have a hit game. And when they try to go back to trying to sell their games, no one's buying because gamers are waiting for Plus or Game Pass to play them.

Too many of us could see this a long time ago. "But but but VALUE." Yeah. It can be until developers get screwed. Then the industry is screwed from losing developers as they close or get bought out from not making money. There's a cost that'll come back and bite many of them because they went for that upfront check instead of selling their games.

218d ago

Warframe Devshorts 12 Breakdown

The latest Devshorts for Warframe has just wrapped up, here is everything they talked about in the new weekly show from Digital Extremes!

Read Full Story >>

Microsoft has ‘let Blizzard be Blizzard’ following its acquisition, studio says

Microsoft has 'let Blizzard be Blizzard' following the acquisition of the veteran developer according to World of Warcraft's executive producer.

Read Full Story >>
Kaii19h ago

Diablo 4 storefront being a cash grabbing shitshow does unironically attest to that, kudos.

XiNatsuDragnel16h ago(Edited 16h ago)

Okay i will be interested if they become old Blizzard but might as well be dead.

Rynxie2h ago

They will never be old blizzard. Most of all the OG's left from developers to those on the top (even some decision making folks left).

Vits16h ago

Shame most of the people that made Blizzard what they were, have already left a while ago.

ApocalypseShadow16h ago

I was about to say this. How can they be blizzard when they're no longer blizzard from yesteryear?

blacktiger7h ago

Rare was the thing I lost heart

victorMaje4h ago

Exactly. Blizzard hasn’t been Blizzard for a long time.
Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Knightofelemia12h ago

Blizzard is not the same Blizzard like it use to be.

PassNextquestion7h ago

Were you expecting Microsoft to hire everyone that had left Blizzard long before they purchased the company...

Microsoft has let the Blizzard company they purchased continue to be the Blizzard company they purchased.

thesoftware73033m ago

Wow, PassNextquestion,

You fully understand what that saying means, unlike some people on here who just have to say negative garbage talk.

When someone says, "Just let *blank* be *blank*, "they are just letting them operate how they operate.

It's pretty much how Sony "let Bungie be Bungie."

This comment section is full of outright haters, but you have to "let N4G be N4G"