Indie revolution “is over”, says Sony’s Vita champion

Wednesday, 13th November 2013 23:56 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The indie revolution is already over and done, according to Shahid Ahmad, best know as the man who gets excellent indie games onto PlayStation platforms – especially the Vita.

Ahmad delivered his verdict during a keynote at the London Games Conference 2013, as reported by MCV.

“People say the indie revolution is only just beginning. It’s not. It’s over,” he said.

“When the power structure shifts to the content creators, the old buildings might still be standing but there’s new people in there. New content creators, with new ways of doing things. That’s what’s happened to PlayStation.”

Ahmad said that the last few years have taught Sony that the PlayStation brand has to “be focused and passionate about embracing that new space”. During gamescom 2012, he realised many developers – old school and indie alike – didn’t care about the Vita, and didn’t realise that Sony was willing to back the handheld in new ways.

“What [they] didn’t know was I had been told to tear up the rule book. You don’t change the course of supertanker by saying you want to go another way. You have to take radical action,” he said.

“In an era of massive fragmentation, the old rulebook doesn’t work. Operating in an environment of trust was the only way to work. We’ve forged open and friendly relationships with developers – in fact our relationship with developers are better than they have ever been.”

Ahmad said Sony had three main ideas is stuck to in turning the Vita into the indie showcase it is today. First, it acknowledged that content creators need ownership over the whole digital publication process.

Second, it had to acknowledge the rise of competing devices like smartphones, smart TVs, PCs, tablets and laptops, which also play games.

Thirs, Sony needed to embrace “power tools” like Unity and Game Maker, so that developers would find it quick and easy to create games for PlayStation devices.



  1. DSB

    Usually I agree with Ahmad, but that’s bullshit.

    The power structure has shifted exactly jack. The content creators are still just pawns to the publishers, who – sitting in their ivory towers looking down – still believe they’re producing boxed goods rather than creative driven entertainment products.

    Indie is a lovely counter culture to that, but it’s still very much a counter culture, no matter how much free PR you want to try to harvest by throwing them a bone.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. manamana

    #1 +1 exactly. Indie is starting to warm up on the consoles, handhelds and tablets. Suits, they are everywhere man!

    #2 1 year ago
  3. POOhead

    I have to agree, indie games are becoming week, a load of platformer and fps nonsense

    #3 1 year ago
  4. manamana

    @3 how are they becoming weak? You pick some bad apples out of the trash that comes boxed in store and we can start talking. Indie games are becoming more and more meaningfull. Creative and innovative experiences everywhere. FPS nonsense, what?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. AsianGameing

    PS Vita so dead with 0 good game

    #5 1 year ago
  6. TheBlackHole

    I’m in relative agreement with him.

    Indies have grown because of the stale end of generation output.

    Thing won’t be quite the same one momentum starts to build on next gen. It just won’t.

    Indies won’t go away, but they won’t be as important either.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. manamana

    /presses ignore button
    /rates down comment

    #6 huh? What has a console gen to do with: tablets, handhelds, PC?

    #7 1 year ago
  8. manamana

    Let me add this:

    #8 1 year ago
  9. redwood

    i think what he really meant is that the indies are an integral part of the eco-system now, they don’t need any more “bringing-in” or any more “noticing”.. because the major publishers (mostly) have given the indies enough bandwidth and spotlight to make sure that their games get noticed.
    poor choice of words from shahid, and a bit of an odd headline from lady brenna.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. manamana

    @redwood now that you mention it, it makes perfect sense.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. PS-FART

    Indie Indie, Everywhere ! :)

    #11 1 year ago

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