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Indie Developers Feeling The Pressure

Indie Developers Feeling The Pressure

Indie games are rising in popularity but the market is becoming saturated with AAA titles, other indie games, and now even video games in-between these two categories. These indie developers are left scratching their heads, wondering how they can make any kind of impact in an industry that’s overwhelmed by all these games releasing at such an impressive pace.

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In the wake of Cliff Bleszinski’s studio, Boss Key Productions closing their doors after three years, the video game industry is paying close attention to this massive misstep. Boss Key Productions’ independently released, “Radical Heights”, failed to make up for the financial void their previous release, Lawbreakers left behind. When a studio led by such a prominent name in the video game industry can close after three short years because of one major failure, indie developers worry if there is any room left in the market for them.

Both a Blessing and a Curse

Indie developers may face shoestring budgets but this is both a blessing and a curse. Development might take longer and the resources they have are limited but one failed game might not sink an indie studio. Boss Key Productions had 65 employees as of September 2017, whereas Studio MDHR, the developers of the indie hit, Cuphead has 15. These smaller developers have much more room to experiment with ideas, fail and bounce back, and remain agile when compared to larger studios.

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Even with the benefits of being an indie studio, the indie market isn’t immune to over saturation. A recent report from SteamSpy’s Sergey Galyonkin showed there were an incredible 7,696 games released on Steam in 2017, up from 4,207 in 2016. This is making it challenging for indie developers to find a spot for their games and get the recognition some of them deserve. Still, time and time again, an indie game will pop up and make waves worldwide just like Cuphead mentioned above or even Illfonic’s Friday The 13th: The Game. Yet, as the video game industry continues to mature, the fear remains that these independent developers might be pushed out of the market by not only AAA developers, but the massive increase of indie games making their way to both consoles and PC.

The Double-Edged Sword

In a previous article on Gigamax Games titled, “The Best Time For Indie Developers” it took a different view on the current state of the industry. Focused on the technologies available and range of marketing methods at indie developers disposal, on one hand, things are looking up for these creators. Now with a studio like Boss Key Production closing their doors, it’s a stark reminder that even having the resources, technologies, big names, and capabilities to create a game like Lawbreakers or their independently publish Radical Heights at the height of Battle Royales popularity isn’t enough to turn a small studio into a major player within the video game industry.

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One thing is certain, the video game industry in its current form is still relatively new and figuring itself out. The popularity of indie games is growing exponentially but all this uncertainty surrounding the market may steer would-be amazing indie creators away from releasing their games to the world. However, when quality content is released to the world, people will notice. Indie games aren’t going anywhere any time soon as they continue to find their place, but Gigamax Games will be keeping a close eye on the market to see how this sector continues to progress.

Are You an Indie Developer?

Are you an indie developer? Let us know your impression of the current indie game scene and if you have a game, post it in the comments below so the Gigamax Games crew can give it a try!

If you’re an indie developer struggling to break into the market, Woodstock Productions might be able to help!

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How To Contribute: Gigamax Games 2018 Update

How To Contribute: Gigamax Games 2018 Update

Operating for over a year, Gigamax Games has become a resource for gaming news, reviews, gameplay videos and industry updates. The entire crew wants to thank everyone that took part in this journey and want to invite even more people to join in on the fun and contribute. All the engagement, and submissions  Gigamax Games received over the past year have played such a big role in the organizations’ growth.

There are so many different ways to get involved with Gigamax Games. Each and every contribution opportunity is focused on the creator and their content. Gigamax Games never takes credit for any contributions and the credit always goes to the creator.

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Any video creator has a chance to submit content to the Gigamax Games family. It can either be original content or a collection of favorite clips from Gigamax Games videos. Whatever gaming content people want to share will be submitted to GigamaxGames@Gmail.com and either Gigs or Mack will personally watch the entire video and if it’s something the Gigamax crew thinks the audience will enjoy, the creator will get their very own page on GigamaxGames.com.

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Article writers and reviewers always have a spot here at Gigamax Games. The crew is constantly in search of new perspectives and the door is open to writers of all kinds. It’s easy to submit content and the Gigamax crew will even run through the article and edit any grammar or spelling mistakes without changing the nature of the content. The only qualifier is that the article or review needs to abide by the standards and quality of the Gigamax Games brand and focused on video games. Stop over on the Social Community page to start getting involved!

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Our great friends at, MT Summit Gaming!

The Gigamax Games crew currently has a wonderful partnership with MT Summit Gaming. This incredible company holds eSports tournaments in the Long Island New York area and Gigs and Mack couldn’t be happier about it. Gigamax Games is constantly in search of new eSports event planners or any other companies focused on the gaming industry in any capacity. With so many exciting things on the horizon for Gigamax Games, the crew wants to share this experience with other companies working on making their mark. For any questions, feel free to reach out to GigamaxGames@Gmail.com

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This is a new area of the Gigamax contributor section. Nothing goes better with gaming than the fan art that keeps these amazing stories alive. Whether it’s creative graphics or a representation of a favorite video game, Gigamax Games wants to take a look! Any artist has a chance to get their work in front of the eyes of gamers from all over the world. Submit any art to the Gigamax Games email and the crew will take a look.  As with any contribution, all the credit will go to the creator and then anyone else searching for more of the creators’ art will have a place to go and keep up with their latest creations.

Thank you for stopping by and learning more about the contribution opportunities available. Everyone on the crew hopes to hear from you soon! You don’t need to be a video game industry veteran to contribute, all that’s needed is a passion for gaming.

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