ID@Xbox: “Hundred and hundreds” of indies signed up in first three hours

Friday, 6th September 2013 00:44 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft’s new indie publishing scheme has been a roaring success so far, according to Phil Spencer.

“In the first three hours, we had hundreds and hundreds of developers sign up,” the Microsoft Game Studios vice president told GameInformer.

While Spencer admitted that not everybody “loves” Microsoft, he insisted that the platform holder has “always” had a “strong” relationship with the indie development community.

“If you look at the flow of content during the 360 generation and some of the indie hits that debuted on console on 360, people were clearly investing in putting their games on our platform,” he said.

That’s not going to change, he added, noting that the removal of the distinction between Xbox Live Indie Games and Xbox Live Arcade just means everyone is treated equally.

“We want to have a platform that all of the great game developers can target. We have to be able to support that,” he said.

The first application responses for ID@Xbox went out this week.

One other interesting note from the interview regarding indies was a comment on cloud support for smaller developers.

“If you’re a two-person studio, you’re probably not going to invest in a server farm. You won’t know how many to buy or what the scale is going to look like. It’s really hard for those guys,” Spencer said.

“What we’re able to do with Cloud, is say, ‘Here are 300,000 servers. You don’t need to tell us what that demand looks like. You don’t even have to know.’ We will handle the scaling capability on the backend. That has been one of the more interesting uses.”

The full interview contains further discussion of the Xbox One’s launch and other miscellany; check it out through the link above.



  1. Major Mayhem 70

    Sounds like Xbox got its groove back.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    Phil Spencer, the guy that has been caught more than once on his bullshit, is talking up its indie program. How very surprising….

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Gigabomber

    “hundreds and hundreds”: nice and precise numbers from a PR goon, as always.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. sebastien rivas

    Joke but true: Read my lips, I say Hundreds…. so now use your fingers, and if you don’t have enough fingers then understand it is a lot and powerful ;)

    Cheer ;)

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Lazuliv

    Yay :)

    #5 1 year ago
  6. xFidelCashflow


    Guess we should all get prepared to hear Microsoft boasting daily for the next 2 months

    And about 3,762,011 more mentions of the all powerful Cloud

    #6 1 year ago
  7. loci

    It’s pointless, Xbots hate indies.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. pcbros

    @6 – It’s not like Sony was screaming “We love indies” everywhere they went…

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Dragon246

    Add Major Nelson to that list. Talking how BF4 X1 will be playable at pax, only to see Win8 PCs there.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. dexfx69

    More Microsoft propaganda. They “suddenly” are “all for” indies. Ya right.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. redwood

    please no … mS already has 2 things to talk about again and again..let’s not give them another one, so please don’t start with the indies, sony has already ran that well dry.

    at the start of this year I was so excited, cause i thought we would see new games, but it has been disappointing. Infamous: 2nd son is the only exciting thing this far for me (and destiny). Sony has showed a handful of great indies (rime) but their has been very little to no news on those except for the gamescom trailers. Garden Warfare was exciting until it turned out to be multiplayer only. And titanfall is a just COD with mechs.. nothing new, the only reason it’s getting so much support from the fanbase is that the xbots don’t have a halo to talk about.

    over all a rather disappointing start for the next-gen, if you talk about creativity. (minus destiny, that game is gonna be fun)

    #11 1 year ago
  12. redwood

    also.. I dunno why xbox people complained about the always online thingy so much.. when the major games on that platform are multiplayer, (cod, bf, titanfall, garden warfare, destiny).
    Apart from ass-creed and watchdogs, (and the misspelled ryse) most of the great games are actually focused on MP.. so why complain about always on when you’ll be almost always playing online anyway?

    #12 1 year ago
  13. super3001

    sony idiots are up early today an more jealous of xbox then ever

    shame you dont have a true next gen console to ease your pain

    #13 1 year ago

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