The Indie Gaming Bubble Might Be About To Burst

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Veteran indie dev Jeff Vogel puts into words that niggling doubt in the pit of your stomach.

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That quote is part of a post Vogel has written on his blog that ties into some stuff we've been talking about over the past week. Namely, that there are too many indie games being made, and it's starting to become a serious problem.

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It's not just a problem for Steam, it's a problem for the entire industry, which he basically boils down to there being too many games for the amount of time and money in the market.

If you're a developer or a fan of indie games, it's definitely worth a read. You might not like what he's written, but my gut says he might just be right on most, if not all of it.

The Indie Bubble Is Popping.[Jeff Vogel]

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That quote is part of a post Vogel has written on his blog that ties into some stuff we've been talking about over the past week. Namely, that there are too many indie games being made, and it's starting to become a serious problem.

The problem is not that there are too many indie games. The problem is that there are too many piss-poor indie games being made...or being greenlighted, paid for, then left unfinished.

Clean up the business model and throw in some curated quality control from the biggest publishers of indie games online and the sub-industry can continue to thrive. The money that is in that market can find its way to stuff deserving of getting that money.