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95. Re: EU to Allow Digital Software Resales? Jul 5, 2012, 06:29 Jerykk
Kajetan wrote on Jul 5, 2012, 03:36:
Jerykk wrote on Jul 4, 2012, 19:53:
Bethesda IS a publisher.
I know. Isn't this the beauty of it? Bethesda is, like Valve, in the comfortable position to finance and distribute their own games. They do not need EA or sme other major. Beth and Valve are ... independent!

So, Skyrim is an indie game, not requiring any involvement of a big publisher at all. Just look at that ...

Sigh. Bethesda Softworks (aka Zenimax Media) is a publisher. Bethesda Game Studios is a developer. They are not the same thing. Just replace Bethesda Softworks with EA and Bethesda Game Studios with Visceral Games/Criterion Games/any other developer that EA owns. Bethesda Game Studios (developer) is not an independent developer because they are owned by Bethesda Softworks/Zenimax Media (publisher). That's the exact opposite of being independent. Once again, Bethesda Game Studios != Bethesda Softworks. Hopefully you understand now.

You're correct about Valve technically being indie, though. However, Valve also happens to own the biggest digital distribution service out there, providing them with a constant (and significant) revenue stream. Other independent developers don't have this luxury and thus can't afford the resources required to create games with large scopes and high production values.

This comment was edited on Jul 5, 2012, 06:39.
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