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GamesIndustry.biz - "Netflix of games" a threat to developers.
"When working with a digital storefront, developers know how many copies they sell and how much they're charging for those copies. That makes figuring out how much money a game brought in a straight-forward process. Platform holders and creators may argue about how to split the pie, but at least they can more or less agree on how big the pie is.

Compare that to subscription services, where the metrics a developer has for their game's performance will likely be limited to the number of times it was downloaded/streamed, or perhaps cumulative and average time spent playing. If companies use Netflix as a model (and why wouldn't they, at this point?), developers may not even have access to those except through third-party solutions with questionable accuracy."

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8. Re: Op Ed Aug 10, 2018, 01:03 Mashiki Amiketo
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 9, 2018, 21:03:
Even then you are at the mercy of platforms reporting the sales correctly... which they don't always do (Fanatical and GMG come to mind...)
Fanatical and GMG are counted as resellers. That means the game is already sold once it leaves the distribution network. A reseller is responsible for any profit/loss that comes from that. The developer already has their money.
 
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7. Re: Op Ed Aug 9, 2018, 21:03 eRe4s3r
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 9, 2018, 20:35:
Plenty of people have been self-publishing in games, music, etc. for a long time now.

Even then you are at the mercy of platforms reporting the sales correctly... which they don't always do (Fanatical and GMG come to mind...)
 
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6. Re: Op Ed Aug 9, 2018, 20:48 Slashman
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 9, 2018, 20:35:
Plenty of people have been self-publishing in games, music, etc. for a long time now.

True but that comes with its own risk every time you publish and well look at the Battletech group...Harebrained Schemes. They are taking the publisher route and they arguably have less reason to do so than most.
 
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5. Re: Op Ed Aug 9, 2018, 20:35 Cutter
 
Plenty of people have been self-publishing in games, music, etc. for a long time now.
 
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4. Re: Op Ed Aug 9, 2018, 20:07 eRe4s3r
 
Slashman wrote on Aug 9, 2018, 19:57:
But then that's the publisher's game. And nothing to do with developers, they have already gotten paid.

So what is this really about?

It's about deciding who gets paid what and whether you trust your publisher or not. I wouldn't trust them /from experience\ ^^

And most indies by the way, are self funded. Publishers literally only publish in those cases. So there you are extremely interested as dev to get correct sales numbers because you have no way to know whether publisher X is lying to you or not otherwise. (Edit: I mean numbers from the actual platforms, not from publishers)
 
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3. Re: Op Ed Aug 9, 2018, 19:57 Slashman
 
But then that's the publisher's game. And nothing to do with developers, they have already gotten paid.

So what is this really about?
 
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2. Re: Op Ed Aug 9, 2018, 19:36 eRe4s3r
 
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 9, 2018, 19:28:
So then don't put your game into a streaming service.. Simple?

Publishers will force it I'd think.
 
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1. Re: Op Ed Aug 9, 2018, 19:28 jacobvandy
 
So then don't put your game into a streaming service.. Simple?  
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