Indie Game – The Movie

If you haven’t heard yet – yes! There is movie about indie game makers coming out soon. I’ve been somewhat interested on this project, but actually have managed to forget it completely for the last few months. But today, the people behind the movie have released the trailer! I don’t know what the current situation is, but when I checked few moments ago it seemed like some video on their website was down (perhaps because of huge amounts of traffic). Anyway, you can also watch the trailer here:

The producers of the video have also started a Kickstarter campaign to gather money for making the final magic 😉 If you are having an extra 5 000 USD, you can even get yourself named as the Executive Producer in the credits ;-). Anyway, I hope the trailer got you inspired. Go and and read more from the website of Indie Game – The Movie.


IGF 2011 Audience Awards

The Independent Games Festival has opened the voting for the main Audience Awards. If you still haven’t voted, What are you waiting for? Go to the website and vote for your favorite Indie game of the year! Was it Minecraft? Or something else, like the scary Amnesia: The Dark Descent? Vote and make a difference!

New Funding for Indie Devs

Yesterday, the Indie Games weblog had an article about opening of a new funding website for indie game developers called 8-bit Funding. Read a short interview with the organizer.

After reading through the site on how the system works I have few doubts. The developer puts an introduction of the project to the website and defines the goal for raising the money. The funders seem to be just regular persons, who should be given something in exchange for the funding. These “something” are called perks. The perks can be whatever the developer choose, a free copy of the game, a private lunch with the developer team, whatever you can imagine in your head.
The money will be donated via Paypal . I know not everyone likes this, but I guess it is a good way of secure transfer. Of course, this comes with the delivery fee. Here is a short excerpt from the site on how the actual money goes:

“PayPal charges 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction. So, for example, a $20 funding will come out to  $19.12.
Our own charge is 5% which we take AFTER PayPal takes their charge (you get more this way).
So, after both PayPal’s and our fee on a $20 funding contribution you’ll receive $18.16 of that.

So, this means there is less than 10% loss of money from the actual donations gained. But, as I looked from the main page of the website, a lot of people were requesting for complete amount of 1000-9000 dollars. That already means 100-900 dollar loss. Well, the good thing here is, that you are not giving away any shares of your company for the money. So, all in all, maybe it is a good deal? At least if the other option you have would be zero money.

All in all, this is definitely something worth following. Even though it just opened there are already some projects requesting for money. Lets see what happens in the next six months and return back to the case then.