[email protected] generated $2.5 trillion for indie developers

Microsoft’s [email protected] program has generated more than 2,500 million royalties for independent developers.

In an article published in Xbox thread[email protected] director Chris Charla noted that while the team “really didn’t know much” when the program launched nine years ago, Microsoft understood that “gamers love art and diversity that independent developers support, and that “will do everything possible to help these developers maximize their success in the Xbox ecosystem”.

Today, the results of this initiative “exceeded our surest dreams”, generating “total revenues that have almost doubled in the last three years”.

Additionally, Charla added that she also paid developers and publishers “hundreds of millions of dollars in licensing fees for Game Pass.”

“Nine years ago, we promised independent developers that we would work as hard as possible on his behalf, because we knew Xbox gamers would be thrilled to support his work.”

“We in no way consider this promise to have been fulfilled as we view our work as an ongoing Xbox commitment to independent developers. But through [email protected], the launch of [email protected], we are working with Game Pass and We’re helping developers get their games to Xbox, and with the community’s response to the fantastic games we’ve seen on the platform, we think we’re moving in the right direction.”

Regarding the impact of Xbox Game Pass for developers and users, Charla explains that “there are great games today on Xbox and other platforms that would never have existed without the support of Game Pass members, and it is a truly incredible phenomenon. millions of Game Pass members can experience some of the best indie games ever made have been as transformative for Xbox gamers as they are for developers.”

This, moreover, does not exclude the more traditional business model. Phil Spencer, the general manager of Xbox, said a few days ago on GDC’s Fireside Chat that “sometimes developers ask me ‘If I’m not a subscriber and I’m not visible on Xbox?’. And no , that’s it. safe for nothing”.

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