Squirmer wrote on Feb 10, 2017, 16:16:
With the money Steam is making, Valve could hire a small team to run basic quality tests on the products they sell.
CJ_Parker wrote on Feb 10, 2017, 15:07:It's low for business costs, but many indie devs are more like struggling artists, not businesses.
Well, the fee is recoupable. It's not gone. I don't see a reason why anyone who is really serious about game development shouldn't be able to afford a $5K admission fee. I'd consider that pretty low actually. If you want to found a business then you need to show up with some capital in most countries and it's usually WAY more than a measly $5K.
But I guess if they set the price too high, there'll just be a flood of Kickstarters to fund the publishing fee.
And I'd be fine with that. A lot of crap games will fail that $5K KS funding test unless the developer has either a kick-ass concept, or a good track record. No more shovelware/stealware for $100 a pop.
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