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Benjamin Lochmann's Blog


I am the CEO of Pixel-Maniacs, a small indie game dev studio in Nuremberg, Germany. We started to develop 3D games for PC and consoles in 2015. The Company was founded in 2004 and we have created hundreds of mobile apps and games since 2011.

ChromaGun and Can't Drive This, our first (PC) games, were born during Ludum Dare. We had playable versions after just one weekend of jamming. We like to kick off prototypes rapidly and then continue developing with first hand feedback from gamers. Escape the Loop, our third release, is in the making.

We love and spend a lot of time and effort into communities with focus on gaming. You can watch us discuss and/or develop games on Twitch. We're Twitch Partner since December 2016. One of our notable contributions to the Twitch community is King of the Pit.

Feel free to get in touch :)


Member Blogs

Posted by Benjamin Lochmann on Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:12:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Production, Indie
A few years ago, I started a company, doing all sorts of web-projects, and apps. The company eventually rose to become a $2M app business. Then, in 2016, we decided to throw it all overboard to make games. Clickbaity cliffhanger: Did it go well? Find out!

Posted by Benjamin Lochmann on Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:25:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Indie
Recently this week Steam has announced they are going to replace the Greenlight process with a program they call Steam Direct. As an Indie developer generating revenue via Steam it makes sense to take a closer look which impact this might have on us.

Benjamin Lochmann's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 05/09/2017 - 03:00]

Excellent article, thanks for sharing ...

Excellent article, thanks for sharing

Comment In: [Blog - 02/16/2017 - 09:25]

Hey Tristan, r n r ...

Hey Tristan, r n r nthanks for your feedback You 're absolutely right, a 5k fee would in fact be a disadvantage for indies. I think a lower fee, e.g. 500 would not be a huge disadvantage for most indies, as you need some kind of budget for launching a ...