The lights are on
Kongregate, GameStop's mobile iOS/Android platform, is inaugurating a $10 million developer fund to promote and develop indie games.
The fund covers financial assistance to complete games, consultation services, and distribution support, and the fund will be managed by Panayoti Haritatos, former Zynga GM. "Developers are increasingly finding it harder to get their games discovered through the different app stores,” he said. "I personally faced these challenges in 2009 while managing my own game studio. Utilizing the Kongregate platform made my games successful, which ultimately led to my studio being acquired by Zynga.”
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Wow, this is really cool. Props to Kongregate for helping out Indie Devs.
I thought they were actually using the money to literally make new programming and designing tools that would literally make the games better. But that might cost more than $10 million. Who knows.this is nice but I find that most games that reach stardom or get noticed are usually just really good games. So in a way if you do you job well , of making games, someone will notice. Of course there are good games that are t angry birds successful. But it is definitely the first step.
This is in Kongeregate's (and by extension, Game Informer and Game Stop) best interest. It gives them good press, and provides them with games on their service. It is a good move from them, and I respect it both from a business standpoint and as someone who enjoys indie games.
Nice to see a new possible platform for indie dev's to use to show their games. Hope it's successful.
This is fantastic.
All right Kongregate!
(whistle) That's a lota $$$.
oh- this will be interesting!
Damn, that's cool. I'm always on Kongregate, so this is just six shades of awesome. Although even a tangential connection to Zynga makes me nervous, those guys are evil.