Steam revenue for Zeboyd Games beat out Xbox Live sales in just six days

Tuesday, 19th July 2011 18:01 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Robert Boyd, developer of indie RPGs Breath of Death VII and Cthulhu Saves the World, claims his firm Zeboyd Games made more money in one week on Steam as a $3 bundle, than the months both spent individually on XBL.

Speaking with on the Zeboyd Games blog, via Gamasutra, Boyd said the Steam sale was a “tremendous success,” compared to the revenue gained being on XBL Indie Games Service for “over a year and a half.”

Breath of Death VII and Cthulhu Saves the World launched on XBLIG in April and December 2009, respectively. Breath of Death VII has 50,000 copies for $1 each, and Cthulhu Saves the World has sold between 16,000 and 17,000 units for $3 each on XBLIG since launch.

The Steam bundle made $100,000 in six days with 30,000 units sold.



  1. endgame

    yes, clearly PC gaming is still dying. lol!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Grimrita

    Thats alot of cash. Probably says something about the different types of gamers on each format.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Aimless

    @2 Perhaps, but I imagine it’s more about visibility.

    On Steam a title like Cthulhu Saves the World is treated like any other release, on XBLIG you need to hire Mr. Driller to excavate through all the menu layers obfuscating its existence.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. loki

    OK PC gaming not dying, cheap trash is the future of PC gaming

    #4 3 years ago
  5. LOLshock94

    i find it that Ipod games are 100% better then the shit put on xbox indie

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Suikoden Fan

    Congrats to them, the price point and 2 games for 1 offer clearly made this sell well

    #6 3 years ago
  7. pukem0n

    well, nobody on XBL cares about indie games, sadly
    would have made more on XBLA propably

    #7 3 years ago
  8. revsouly

    @3, +2 for using obfuscating in your comment.

    I agree with #2, gamers on 360 just don’t waver much from what they like

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DSB

    Given how trendy it’s become to say “We love the PC” within the industry, it looks like the rise of Steam has actually made the market big enough to be considered by the major publishers again.

    Of course that means great times for indies, especially with a storefront like that, letting 2 euro games get the same exposure as 60 euro ones.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. TheWulf


    Oh, hahahah… fuck you. Seriously. I’ve never cussed on VG247, but that was necessary.

    At least play the bloody game before you make derogatory remarks. There’s a lot more character in Cthulhu Saves the World than there is in many mainstream titles. Nathan Drake? Misogynist Bastard of the Year. Your Call of Duty people? Soulless husks whose poorly written existence is only justified so that you have a body to occupy with which to kill things.


    This is a game that has humour, charm, and entertainment in spades. If you’re the sort of person who judges something by the pricetag then you’re a hipster douchebag, simple as, and you’re probably sending that message from a Macbook Air in an Apple store.

    People like you annoy the hell out of me. Just because a game didn’t do so well on the 360 because of how incredibly poorly Microsoft treats their indie developers (and we all know that’s true, no bullshit plz) and did better on Steam instead doesn’t mean you have to bad mouth it.

    I mean, why bad mouth it anyway? To get your rocks off at your need for brand loyalty? If it didn’t do well on the XBox then it must be shit!


    Grow the hell up and learn that value isn’t always well acquainted with price.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DSB

    Troll, meet Bait.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    @10, you’re relatively new right? Meet @4, long time vg247 troll. There was a time when Loki blessed almost every post even slightly PC related with his little words of wisdom, these days he’s a much less frequent caller.

    He won’t reply to you, he doesn’t argue, he just leaves his shitty little remarks behind and moves on.

    Basically: ignore the fucker.

    #12 3 years ago

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