Neuer Indie-Games Shop auf Amazon.com

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Amazon "reaching out to everyone" for Indie Games Store

Amazon has launched its new Indie Games Store, a marketplace built specifically for independent developers and their titles on PC, Mac, and browsers. The retail giant has already built a sizable fanbase via its sales of PC digital downloads, and the new Indie Games Store stands as an expansion of that strategy. In addition to offering indie titles, Amazon has also launched its Indie Spotlight: a weekly series of profiles on specific developers, starting with Gaijin Games this week.

"Game development is an art, like any other. It can be personally rewarding, and like other forms of artistic expression, great games can come from anywhere. Powerhouse game studios don't hold a monopoly on inventiveness or creativity, and some of the best games of all time were created on a shoestring by two or three people with a shared vision," wrote Amazon GameCircle technical evangelist Peter Heinrich in a blog post announcing the Store.

"It's hard to get noticed, though. If you're an indie game developer, it's usually a headache to get your game in front of people, both gamers and reviewers. Amazon recognizes this. As part of our commitment to independently developed games, Amazon is launching the Indie Games Store, a new category on Amazon in the Digital Video Games Store, designed specifically to address this problem."

Amazon is leaving the gates open to let indie developers in, according to a Reddit post by Amazon marketing manager of digital video games Tony Valcarcel.

"We've been working really hard these past few months to make our process as easy as possible to get through. In fact, in the past, 3 months or so, we've been reaching out to everyone we can find to get more Indie Games on sale," wrote Valcarcel.

"Let me be 100 percent clear on this, we want to sell every functional Indie game available on the market and are building new processes and self-service tools to make this even easier in the coming months. If you [have an] Indie Game and want to get it on sale on Amazon, email find-more-gamers@amazon.com and we'll get the process started!"

The process could prove much easier for indie developers, many of whom have had problems with Valve's current Steam Greenlight system for access to Steam self-publishing. Just this week, Paranautical Activity developer Code Avarice had their game blocked from publishing on Steam. The developer previously had their game on Steam Greenlight, but later found a publisher in Adult Swim. Valve denied them publishing access due to the old Greenlight page, and the resulting trouble also led to Adult Swim exiting from the deal.
Quelle: Amazon "reaching out to everyone" for Indie Games Store | GamesIndustry International

Ob es das Ganze auch bald auf amazon.de gibt oder ob man auch mit deutschem Wohnsitz und deutschem Amazonkonto dort einkaufen kann, ist noch nicht bekannt (bzw. ich habe noch keine Infos dazu gefunden). Aber es ist trotzdem schon mal ein guter Schritt, um den Markt noch größer zu machen und die Zahl an Anbietern zu erhöhen. Das kann uns Kunden nur entgegenkommen, da dadurch normal die Preise fallen. Und Indie-Entwicklern kann es helfen, da Amazon ein Big-Player ist und die Indie-Titel dadurch zusätzliche Aufmerksamkeit und Werbung bekommen. Außerdem sind die Entwickler dann unabhängiger von Steam. Eine gute Sache also, wenn es nach mir geht. :)
 
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Announcing the Indie Games Store
Amazon Digital Games is excited to announce the opening of our new storefront devoted to Indie PC and Mac game developers. To celebrate the occasion, we have deals of up to 75% off on over 200 Indie game downloads, plus from June 6-10 we're giving away Huntsman: The Orphanage, Dynasty of Dusk, and The Curse of Nordic Cove with any purchase from the Indie Games Store (including from the aforementioned sale with savings of up to 75%). We've also got a number of Amazon-exclusive Indie games bundles, and we're giving 100% of the sales of those bundles right back to the developers. Last, but not least, be sure to check out our first Indie Spotlight, where we're featuring Gaijin Games. Check out the Indie Games Store.
Na, wenn das mal keine gute Sache ist. Indies im Sale und 100% der Einkünfte gehen an die Entwickler. Da könnte ich noch schwach werden, z.B. beim Double Fine Bundle für 10€ (Brutal Legend, Costume Quest, Iron Brigade, Psychonauts, Stacking, The Cave)... :)

Edit: Der Downlaod von Spielen ist allerdings nicht für deutsche Amazon Kunden verfügbar. Daher entweder VPN mit beliebiger US-Adresse nutzen oder sein lassen. ;)
 
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