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It’s like a mini-HumbleBundle every 4 days. That’s how I would best describe what the guys behind IndieGameStand are attempting with their brand new website.
Created by the guys that run Indie Game Magazine, an editorial site that has been covering the scene since 2009, they envision it as a new way to fill a void left by big game distribution platforms like Steam, where it can be easy for smaller games to fall through the cracks.
“We created IndieGameStand to put a spotlight on indie titles that provide fantastic experiences, but may have been passed over by the mainstream gaming public. This site is about supporting all of the fantastic and worthwhile indie developers out there,” says co-founder Mike Gnade. “IndieGameStand isn’t just another game bundle. We feature one game at a time, so people don’t have to ‘rebuy’ games they already own to get a great deal. And we’ve spent months building out our service to be flexible and accommodating for developers, providing them with tools to promote and upsell their game that other indie game bundles don’t offer.”
Once the service officially launches on September 26, a different independent game will have center stage for 96 hours, making IndieGameStand a destination for a steady stream of high quality, little-known games that might ordinarily never see the light of day. “Pay what you want” pricing will allow consumers to decide exactly how much to pay for a game, and all money spent will go straight to the developer who made it. At launch the site will accept PayPal, Google Checkout, and Amazon Payments, and 10% of each game’s sales will be donated to a charity of the developer’s choice. All of IndieGameStand’s featured games will be downloadable and DRM-free, with a archive available so that games that were missed will still get views.
More than fifty developers have already signed up to have their games showcased on the service, including Spiderweb Software, Cipher Prime, Digital Eel, Magical Time Bean, Headup Games, and Zachtronics Industries.
So give this site a serious look. We’ve all heard the cries against the corporatization of the game industry, well here is a new way to fight back! Those of you that register with the site over the next two weeks will receive a free copy of Chester, a unique 2D platformer from indie developer Brilliant Blue-G.