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In this 2019 GDC talk, independent developer Jason Rohrer digs into the financial data behind the 2014-2018 "indiepocalypse" to help indie devs figure out how not to waste four years of their life on the next high-profile flop.
Also, Rohrer points out how, at least in the indie space, high-profile flops have normalized the idea that failure is the status quo. Meanwhile, everyone forgets that more games are making more money on Steam than ever before; Rohrer uses examples from his own games and his study of Steam to suggest that has more to do with the changing nature of how people play games, and examine how today's indies can adjust accordingly.
Rohrer's talk was illuminating and chock-a-block with interesting financial insights, especially if you're an indie dev, so don't miss your chance to now watch it on the official GDC YouTube channel!
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