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ID@Xbox boss asks indies to “get in touch” about parity clause

Tuesday, 17th December 2013 00:52 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Xbox One self-publishing’s controversial platform parity clause is something Microsoft wants to talk to indies about.

Speaking to Edge, ID@Xbox boss Chris Charla said Microsoft has registered the poor reception the parity requirement has received among developers.

“Obviously we’ve heard the feedback from developers and we’re looking at all the way the ways we can to lower barriers for developers,” he said.

“But I really can’t comment on publishing policies. The reality is that developers should get in touch with us and talk.”

The subject arose earlier this month when prolific but tiny indie Vlambeer decried the parity clause in the ID@Xbox Xbox One self-publishing scheme, which blocks games that have already been released on other platforms. Witch Beam was quick to echo Vlambeer’s comments.

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4 Comments

  1. ddtd

    Are you sure the clause blocks games that are already released on other platforms?

    I just re-read the Vlambeer article and it read more like being on another platform waived the clause.

    “Microsoft was doing reach-out to certain developers back in the early days of ID@Xbox, and we discussed potentially bringing Nuclear Throne to Xbox One with them. There had been mentions beforehand that there was a launch parity clause in the contract, with the exception of games that were already signed to another platform during the announcement of their self-publishing program. Thus, before we signed with Microsoft, we e-mailed Sony that we quickly wanted to sign Nuclear Throne with them with a month of exclusivity.”

    #1 1 year ago
  2. The_Red

    Oh look, MS is just learning that they are no longer the sole indie paradise on consoles that had “Summer of Arcade” events and enforced ridiculous contracts on poor devs that were participating in it.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Telepathic.Geometry

    Competition is good for Microsoft, good for Sony, good for devs and good for us gamers too.

    So, Microsoft, start competing…

    #3 1 year ago
  4. The_Red

    @3
    Well said.

    While I am (a bit) cynical when it comes to MS, they have thankfully shown that at the very least, they CAN try to compete or change for the sake of competing via the U-turns for Xbox One.

    #4 1 year ago

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