I have to laugh at people who are convinced that indies will be their saviours. While indie development is changing the landscape of gaming and is filled with cool ideas, the indie side of things just doesn’t have the cash to overthrow AAA gaming for good. Still, they make a decent amount for themselves, and I love how they’re changing our expectations for games.
Over on Gamasutra, David Galindo wrote an extremely open and transparent post about how much money Cook, Serve, Delicious! earned him. It’s a fascinating read and sheds a lot of light on the power of the Steam Sales; we must never feel bad about snapping up cheap games – that’s how indies make a nice lump sum profit.
The November Steam Sale and the Winter sale didn’t feature CSD in any promotional deals, perhaps due to the close proximity of the Daily Deal, or perhaps because they felt there were other titles more suited for those spots. In any event, combined revenue of both sales ended up with over 10,000 copies sold and nearly $50,000 in gross revenue.
It reminded me of some recent statement from Mike Bithell about Thomas Was Alone’s continuing revenue on Steam. He explains that TWA sells as many copies every day in January 2015 as it did in 2014, an aspect of “evergreen” in digital distribution.
The game has been out on Steam and selling steadily for over two years now. It would have been lucky to be on shop shelves for two weeks.
— Mike Bithell (@mikeBithell) January 26, 2015
Of course it’s not just indies who continue to make money every day on Steam (or PSN or Xbox Live) – games have a much longer sale life thanks to digital distribution, getting money for games when they would have long since been emptied out of bargain bins at retail.
Red Goddess is an upcoming nonlinear side-scroller platformer about exploring the inner-mind of a young goddess who is remembering and recovering her powers. I have no idea what that even means, but the trailer is certainly pretty.
If you’re looking to pick up some cheap indies, there’s a rad Apocalypse Bundle over on Bundle Stars. Also, if you haven’t picked up the Star Wars Humble Bundle, you official have more willpower than I do.
Last Updated: February 5, 2015