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Indies Won’t Be Able To Self Publish Games On Xbox One


    Indie developers won’t be able to self-publish their games on Xbox One, a Microsoft representative has shared with Shacknews. Similar to Xbox Live Arcade, indies will require an approved publisher to handle their releases for them.


    When asked if indies would require a publisher to publish games on Xbox Live, Matt Booty, general manager of Redmond Game Studios and Platforms, stated: “As of right now, yes. We intend to continue to court developers in the ways that we have.”


    However, Booty added that he expects Microsoft to explore “new business models and new ways of surfacing content” this generation.


    Microsoft are currently the only of the three major console companies that don’t allow indie developers to self-publish their games. Both Sony and Nintendo are allowing indies to self-publish games on their PlayStation Network and Nintendo eShop platforms.

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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