[NetBehaviour] Manifesto Games to fuel independent devs...
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Oct 17 14:32:08 CEST 2005
*Manifesto Games to fuel independent devs...*
A new digital distribution publisher founded by American games industry
names Greg Costikyan (right) and Johnny Wilson has been formed. Called
Manifesto Games, it has one clear aim: "to build a trong and viable
independent game industry." The move has come as a response to the
percieved constraints of retail channels and their reliance on big
budget titles, and is seen by the company founders as the perfect way to
encourage niche content or games that would otherwise be overlooked.
Writer and games designer Costikyan (whose Game Developers Conference
rant about how the games industry is "fucked" should it continue on its
big-budget path Edge readers may remember from our transcription in
E149), had this to say about the new venture: "The game industry has
become moribund. It is now essentially impossible for anything other
than a franchise title or licensed product to obtain distribution. Yet
historically, the major hits, the titles that have expanded the industry
to new markets and created new audiences have been highly innovative. It
is time for us to find a way to foster innovation, because it's not
going to happen if we leave it to the large publishers."
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