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Official "Support the Indies Week"

08-14-2011, 05:26 AM
#1
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Munich, Germany
Posts: 70
Official "Support the Indies Week"

Hello guys,

you all know that iOS games often are really cheap. Everyone should figure out, that 1USD (thats as much as you pay for ice cream ) doesnt help developers that much. Until now, you didnt have the chance to support Indie developers in the App Store.

We wanted to change that and startet the "Support the Indies Week"!

This is the official press release: http://gamasutra.com/view/pressrelea...lease75722.php

All Indies that are taking part of the "Support the Indies Week" will offer their games for a higher price than normal.

This will start tomorrow with 38 USD. The price will be dropped by 5 USD every day, so you can PAY WHAT YOU WANT.

If you want to support a developer, then buy the game for the price which you think is fair. If you dont like to pay more than usual, just wait one week and grab the game for the usual price.

Every developer can join us (just PM me)!
I will keep you posted about the games that are taking part besides our "daWindci".

"Astroslugs" joined us!
http://itunes.apple.com/de/app/astroslugs-deluxe-fur-ipad/id442411315?mt=8

With kind regards
Johannes

Last edited by Johannes Roth; 08-15-2011 at 10:57 AM.
08-14-2011, 05:51 AM
#2
No offense, but I don't really think this will work. This feels like a failed attempt at getting a Humble Bundle into the Appstore, but where as the Humble Bundle is 60 dollars worth of games for a price you choose, this is 1 $5 game for $33 dollars more than you would normally pay. Not only that, but the Humble Bundle gives money towards charities, whereas you just pocket all the money yourself.
Also, I think this is the wrong forum to post in, it's not much of a price drop or deal to pay $33 more dollars.
People won't pay $3 for Canabalt, they definately won't pay $38 dollars for this.

08-14-2011, 05:58 AM
#3
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Munich, Germany
Posts: 70
Dear Aktar,

I think you misunderstood something. The price of each game will be reduced each day until it reaches the usual tier. Its PAY WHAT YOU WANT, not "PAY 38USD!" . You dont have to buy it, but if you like it, you can pay a bit more than usual.

Also this isnt about spending money towards charities, as we clearly wont make 2 million USD within this week like the Humble Bundle This is about supporting real Indies and their games.

Its okay that you dont want to pay a bit more. We wont force you to.
08-14-2011, 06:03 AM
#4
Either way, this is only helping yourself, and isn't a price drop at all and should be moved to the general forums. Your a indie we've never heard of before, I would support indies like Mobigame, but either way, I don't really think anyone will bite for this 'deal'.
08-14-2011, 06:11 AM
#5
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Munich, Germany
Posts: 70
Of course this is helping us and other Indies. Thats the whole idea: Help developers that made enjoyable games. If you dont like supporting people that are creative by spending some money, thats okay. But its your point of view.

Oh, and in case you never heard about us, how about reading something at TouchArcade
http://toucharcade.com/2011/06/20/da...er-in-the-sky/
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showth...light=dawindci

Anyways: Thanks for your feedback.
08-14-2011, 06:28 AM
#6
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Ankh-Morpork
Posts: 2,564
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arktar View Post
Either way, this is only helping yourself, and isn't a price drop at all and should be moved to the general forums. Your a indie we've never heard of before, I would support indies like Mobigame, but either way, I don't really think anyone will bite for this 'deal'.
Of course they are helping themselves; that's a rather strange statement to make. You think developers - who are mostly selling games for $1 - should be giving money to charity when most are not even breaking even with their own product? The developer in this case is hardly unknown or someone "we've never heard of before" either.

That said, an inflated price that's going to drop back down to the original price might not qualify as a "price drop" or deal, so we'll see how the mods deal with that.
08-14-2011, 08:18 AM
#7
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Minneapolis, USA
Posts: 3,654
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arktar View Post
Either way, this is only helping yourself, and isn't a price drop at all and should be moved to the general forums. Your a indie we've never heard of before, I would support indies like Mobigame, but either way, I don't really think anyone will bite for this 'deal'.
I'll resist starting any sort of flame exchange, but this dev is well-known as liked in the TA forums, and those who have the means may appreciate the chance to conveniently support talented, hard-working indie devs. I'm personally hoping this works out well for everyone, and raises their profile relative to the major software houses.
08-14-2011, 08:46 AM
#8
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: Isle of Wight, UK
Posts: 1,509
Speaking as an indie developer, I think this is a swizz tbh but good luck with it.

ftr, I consider my customers paying me 3 bucks to buy my game as "supporting" me and I don't feel the need to use emotional blackmail to squeeze more out of em.

If you wanna support me, buy my game and it'll only cost you 3 bucks. Wanna do more?, please leave a good review.
08-14-2011, 08:50 AM
#9
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Forge World
Posts: 6,310
Well I personally can't see any bad that can come from this. People can choose to give a bit more to help indies if they want or not.
08-14-2011, 11:32 AM
#10
Joined: May 2010
Location: Deepest Circle, Hell
Posts: 8,683
I'm sorry, but this has to be the most ridiculous "concept" anyone's ever come up with on the App Store. No offense but I already have daWindci, and out of all the titles on the App Store I'd pay premium for, daWindici certainly wouldn't be one of them. Good luck anyways.

"I am virgin, I'm a whore! Giving nothing; the taker, the maker of war!" - Black Sabbath, "I"