Microsoft confirms axing of XBLA developer update fees

Thursday, 27th June 2013 23:01 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft has confirmed an earlier report that it has waived fees for title updates on Xbox Live Arcade titles, long considered an indie-unfriendly policy.

Xbox Live corporate vice president Marc Whitten confirmed the news on Twitter:

“FYI Microsoft eliminated fees for Title Updates on Xbox 360 Arcade games in April 2013,” he said in response to Polygon.

As one of the site’s contributors quite reasonably pointed out, multiple publications asked Microsoft about this policy change when rumours of it broke in April this year, but received no response.

Thew news was later confirmed again by Microsoft’s Larry Hryb.

Previously, Microsoft charged developers a hefty certification fee each time they submitted a patch for a game, which soon becomes too expensive for smaller companies, or frequently updated genres like MMOs. According the reports, there will now be only one charge except in cases of excessive resubmission.

In the wake of Sony and Nintendo’s continued efforts to woo indies, Microsoft has attracted plenty of negative attention overs its attitude towards smaller developers; Dave spoke to several indies recently who certainly seemed dissatisfied with the platform holder’s policies, although there are strident supporters.



  1. Silent Killer01

    Never should’ve been a fee to improve games to increase sales, which would’ve meant more money for MS.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. penniman

    Never thought that I would see the day..

    #2 2 years ago
  3. vgyliu

    is Microsoft backed into the corner that badly they they are changing everything they have envisioned?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. straati

    Microsoft is being bitched by Sony. Nuff said. I can’t imagine how it would be like to work at the Microsoft Xbox-division this time around.

    See, Microsoft reversed their RDM-policy, axed their update fees, AND MICROSOFT WILL ASWELL HAVE A XBONE-BUNDLE WITHOUT THE KINECT FOR $399. Trust me, It’ll come.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. gargus

    I still don’t care. Microsoft isn’t doing this because its good for indie developers or trying to improve gaming. They are only doing it because this is another in the long line of trying to copy what sony is doing.

    Sony does these things because they want to make gaming better, Microsoft just copies sony so they can be on the “me too” bandwagon. If Microsoft really intended all of these things then they would have been doing them in the first place.

    Ever since the PS4 was announced Microsoft has been systematically duplicating everything they did.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. bradk825

    @5 if that were true there would be no new apps or functionality and nothing more than a hardware upgrade on the XB1, just like the souped up PS3 they are trying to tell you is “next-gen” because it has a “4″ on it.

    Personally I could give a crap about indie games. The great story-telling and gameplay will be done by the big companies with big budgets, because you need that kind of money to recruit Hollywood writers and directors into gaming. With the kinds of titles the bigger studios are releasing I don’t have time to play the kiddie games.

    #6 2 years ago

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