Microsoft has revealed that Indie developers will not be able to self publish game to their new next generation Xbox One console.
Unlike Valve with Steam games network, Sony’s PlayStation Store, and Nintendo’s eShop, all of which allow developers to self publish.
Xbox One Indie developers will have to pursue a publishing deal either with Microsoft or a third-party to get their games on to the Xbox One console. Matt Booty Xbox Live general manager of Redmond Game Studios and Platforms explained:
“As of right now, yes. We intend to continue to court developers in the ways that we have.”-“I would also expect that for this new generation, that we’re going to continue to explore new business models and new ways of surfacing content. But Microsoft Studios is a publisher that works with a wide range of partners, as do a lot of other people, to bring digital content to the box.”
It will be interesting to see if Microsoft change their mind once the Xbox One has officially launched, and follows suit with other games networks.
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