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Microsoft changing its policies to allow indies to self-publish – rumor

Thursday, 11th July 2013 20:37 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft is rumored to be changing its policies on allowing independent developers to self-publish XBLA games on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

According to a report on Gamereactor, a European developer “with a long and proven track record,” told the site it’s currently in talks with Microsoft about self publishing on Xbox Live.

The new policy will allow the very smallest indie developers to compete with larger, independent studios the later of which are considered more established.

This way, the larger indies won’t be able to “simply publish anything they produce as Microsoft wants to keep from flooding the market with software.”

An unspecified selection process will also be involved, according to the report.

The developer also said there was currently a discussion regarding cutting the cost of devkits for select developers, as the current price runs $10,000.

We’ll ask around and see if we can find out more for you.

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15 Comments

  1. machy

    MS playing catch up to sony … what’s next?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Lengendaryboss

    Wasn’t this rumoured before?

    #2 1 year ago
  3. DuckNation

    They keep caving in this is just getting hilarious

    but there is also this

    http://www.change.org/petitions/microsoft-give-us-back-the-xbox-one-we-were-promised-at-e3-2

    #3 1 year ago
  4. KAP

    @2

    Exactly. There really trying there damned’ist.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. bradk825

    From the sounds of it they may be negotiating a vetting process, which wouldn’t require so much of a policy change. The main problem MS has with self-publishing is possibly flooding the market, and being able to keep a handling on parental controls.

    If someone has a publisher it means that someone within the industry has looked at the game and it’s worth publishing. If they can negotiate a vetting process there is no longer a reason not to allow self-publishing, but I am guessing this developer is involved because MS isn’t going to do the vetting personally (and why would/should they?).

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Lengendaryboss

    @3
    To be fair the diehard Xbox Fans defending it now have to stick with their stance.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Gigabomber

    This is very old news, so all of you trolls in the comments can take a hike.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Lengendaryboss

    @7
    Do what you preach, instead of preaching to others.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. MCTJim

    @2 yes it was about 2-3 weeks ago.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Sylrissa

    So much back-flipping one thing after another.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think this is incredible news for the consumer, and a reason I’ll likely end up owning both systems, like i have every previous generation.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. The_Red

    @6
    That’s the problem with most diehard fans. They will defend ANYTHING that Nintendo, Sony or MS do, regardless of how right or wrong those moves are.

    I mean, there were Nintendo fans defending Nintendo’s move to ban broadcast of Smash Bros on EVO, even after OTHER Nintendo fans fought to get the game there and even gathered money for it.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Lengendaryboss

    @11
    That Nintendo situation really is the Clash of the fanboys.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. bradk825

    @11 they will also bash everything the other guys do, regardless of whether it’s good or bad. One of them could offer to give 25% of all their sales to orphans, and they’d be criticized for not dropping the prices 25% instead, lol.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. merrc

    Omg… No comment from ps3fanboy yet? Haha I’ve not been a loyalist whatsoever, but Microsoft is totally playing catchup, changing their model to fit Sony’s. I think that’s pretty pathetic. And as for them saying they listened to their fans for reversal of policies is a bunch of BS. If that was the case, why didn’t they ditch those plans before E3? They saw the pre-orders, then they changed. Microsoft is against the consumer this generation, sad to say.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. ps3fanboy

    @14 dont worry about me, the mighty holy multibuttfanboy legendarychump. is working overtime, so you have plenty to read… anyway if micro$haft want a foot ahead of sony, they could make the xboxlivegold free. then they would have some real gun powders to fire off in the console wars. these rumors of changing policies on allowing self-publishing. is as interesting as moose droppings… just saying.

    #15 1 year ago

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