Indie devs facing tough times as Epic Store and Xbox Game Pass cut funding

With the market crisis and layoffs, there’s no funding for indie game devs

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Releasing an indie game does take a lot of hard work and more importantly – funding.

In the past, large publishers would fund indie game studios, but that won’t be the case anymore.

Xbox Game Pass and Epic Store won’t offer deals to indie developers

Until recently, indie developers were able to get exclusivity contracts with Epic Store on with Xbox Game Pass, but that’s not the case anymore according to TwaekTown.

The reason for this is the market crisis with massive layoffs and budget cuts, which makes signing a deal harder than ever before.

Casey Yano from Mega Crit had to say the following:

I talked to at least five small teams during GDC, like 35 people and under, and they’re like: Cuts, cuts, cuts, funding canceled, talks that were going on for a year, canceled.

Epic Games had a loss that exceeded $700 million last year, so it’s obvious why the company doesn’t want to invest in indie games.

It’s not just Epic Games and Microsoft, Sony had to lay off 900 employees, with EA laying off 5% of the workforce.

With the gaming market crisis, this doesn’t come as a surprise, but we hope that the market will recover soon.

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