It’s not an easy life to be an indie game developer. I am an indie game developer, I have a few friends (artists, programmers, musicians) which are indie game developers and we all struggle to succeed in launching our games.
Let’s be honest, most games don’t even get to see daylight for a couple of reasons. Most notably:
Most indie game developers don’t want to understand that marketing is a huge part of the process. As a friend said the idea is 5%, the execution is 30% and the rest is marketing. Just a few days ago a friend told me that he wants to see his game finished and after that he will see what happens. I made that mistake in the past (wrote an article here), I don’t want to do this mistake again. I told him that you should quickly market it somehow otherwise the game is not going to do so well on Google Play Store. It’s important to have a vision over your project, to have a marketing plan right from the beginning. Even if you work with a publisher, you still have to promote yourself. Consider that not all publishers are big enough to reach thousands of gamers.
I would like to speak here about Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaigns, which you might think that they can solve the problems mentioned above. After your project is backed: you will have press coverage, gamers will contact about you, the game will receive attention, etc. After you had a successful campaign you should spend the money wisely, not on beer and strippers :). Go to gaming conferences around the world, present your game to large audiences, enter some startup accelerators, there are tons of things you can do.
But, why is hard to run a successful campaign on Kickstarter and Indiegogo even if your game is awesome?
Because there are a few problems:
A friend told me about a new project called GameKicker focusing only on video games. From what I understand, they will accept only independent game developers to create campaigns so hopefully game studios will stay out of this. Also they will provide a campaign manager to coach the teams in order to run a successfully campaign. This can really help indie developers to raise money and bring their games to life.
Unfortunately, they will use Stripe as payment gateway which for the moment is not available in all countries. For example, I can’t use this platform from Romania. But who know what is going to happen in the future. This project will solve some of the problems mentioned above. Can’t wait to see their impact.
Note: I wrote this post on in2gpu.com a while ago and I thought that Gamasutra readers should read this too.
Thanks, Sergiu Craitoiu.