Microsoft responds to Indie devs’ concerns

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Yesterday we posted a piece on how the new Xbox Dashboard update had shuffled some content around. Amongst the bits that were moved was the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace, which Microsoft added to a new Speciality Shops section.

Some Indie devs were angered by the adjustment claiming that their content had been relegated to some obscure side of the Dashboard, while it used to be in the Games Marketplace. Microsoft has since responded to their concerns and pointed out that the change is for their benefit.

The Speciality Shops section is new to Xbox Live. According to Microsoft it is meant to be a section “to provide access to marketplaces that focus on a specific type of content, with unique ways of sorting through that content. We wanted to give Xbox Live Indie Games that full marketplace experience and felt this was the best place to do it, alongside other popular channels like the Avatar Marketplace.”

Exposure next to the Avatar Marketplace Microsoft sees as an extremely positive thing. They highlighted that “Xbox Live members have made more than 290 million customizations to their Avatar’s clothing, so we expect many people to regularly visit the Specialty Shops section.”

Then there are the additional features to the redesigned Xbox.com website. Microsoft has made browsing the Indie titles a much easier experience: “You can now browse the top-rated, top-selling and most recent games by genre. You can also find indie games by ‘best selling today’ and ‘best selling of all time’ on Xbox.com.”

All-in-all it sounds as if the Indie devs have been given a decent bit of thought by Microsoft when it came to the redesigns of the Dashboard and Xbox.com website.

Source: Eurogamer

Last Updated: November 3, 2010

Miklós Szecsei

I'm a freelance writer who has somehow managed to convince people to pay me to play video games. By day I work a job, but by night and early hours of the morning, I write about video games. The one job provides a living for my family; the other provides a living for my soul. Dramatic, right?

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