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The Business of Indie Games
Everything You Need to Know to Conquer the Indie Games Industry




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ISBN 9781032104218
May 4, 2022 Forthcoming by CRC Press
320 Pages 32 Color Illustrations

 
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The Business of Indie Games explores what many universities forget to cover; how to sell and market your own indie game to potential publishers and developers. While many classes help students on their way to designing and programming their own games, there are few classes that equip students with the skills to sell their own product. In essence, this means future indie game developers are not equipped to talk to investors, negotiate with publishers, and engage with major platforms like Steam and Nintendo. Authors, Alex Josef, Alex Van Lepp, and Marshal Carper are looking to rectify this problem by helping indie game developers and companies level up their business acumen. With detailed chapters and sections that deal with different engines, negotiation tactics, and marketing The Business of Indie Games is the perfect omnibus for up-in-coming indie game developers. The future of gaming curriculums is not just in teaching students how to create games but in preparing them for the business of games.

"The Business of Indie Games provides exceptional insight into how the video games industry works. It shares valuable information on how to successfully self-publish and secure publisher support. Whether you’re making your first game or tenth, this book is a must read."  -Paul Baldwin, Curve Digital 

"The video game industry is a tough business and anyone looking to succeed in indie development should give The Business of Indie Games a read."  -Graham Smith, Co-Founder of DrinkBox Studios

"This book is a fast track to success for anyone managing a game launch and looking to raise funding for their projects. It shares knowledge that you only learn after years of triumphs and failures within this industry." -Scott Drader, Co-Founder of Metalhead Software

"There’s nothing like The Business of Indie Games taught in school. You learn how to make a game, but not how to conduct business, market and launch a game. This book dives into topics that every indie developer should know." -Yukon Wainczak, Founder of Snoozy Kazoo

"I’ve seen no better guide for understanding how the video game industry really works. An important read for anyone whose work touches games, including those of us looking to engage the community." – Carla Warner, Director of STREAM for No Kid Hungry

 

About the Authors

Alex Josef and Alex Van Lepp

Collectively, Alex Josef and Alex Van Lepp bring more than 40 years of industry experience to their work as video game educators. As the founders of VIM Global, a video game PR agency, they have worked with clients ranging from solo indie developers, notable indie publishers, and AAA studios to bring their games to market.

Some of those games include:

  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Guacamelee! And Guacamelee! 2
  • Super Mega Baseball 1, 2, and 3
  • Surgeon Simulator 2
  • Portal: Bridge Constructor
  • The Flame in the Flood
  • The Saints Row Series
  • Darksiders II
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Runbow
  • Metal Gear Solid Series (select titles)
  • Diablo II
  • Silent Hill

As the founders of Graffiti Games, they have published more than a dozen indie games, which means that they manage the careful balance of serving our investors, coaching indie developers through the development and release of their games, and then interface directly with major gaming platforms like Steam, Nintendo, GOG, Epic, and Stadia to negotiate deals and placement.

Some of the releases from Graffiti include:

  • Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion
  • Blue Fire
  • Cyber Hook
  • The King’s Bird
  • Mable and the Wood
  • Joggernauts
  • Double Cross
  • Trident’s Wake
  • REZ PLZ
  • Adventures of Chris
  • Bite the Bullet

Marshal Carper

Marshal’s first step into the creative world was at 19: He wrote for the Nintendo DS RPG, The Black Sigil. Today he is a career marketer and the author of more than 15 books. With his work spanning journalism, video games, combat sports, and a variety of client industries, he brings a nuanced perspective formed over years of working with innovative creators at the top of their fields. From launching indie games to helping a nonprofit like No Kid Hungry collaborate with Wizards of the Coast and GIANTS Software, his work has touched many corners of the games industry.

Either as the founder of the marketing agency Carper Creative or in the trenches as part of a development team, a few notable clients include:

  • Zen Studios
  • Mega Cat Studios
  • Graffiti Games
  • Playtra Studios
  • Studio Archcraft
  • Synersteel Studios
  • No Kid Hungry
  • Project Pinball
  • hedgehog lab

 

Table of Contents

Part One How the Video Game Industry Works

Chapter 1 Developers and how they fit into the Games Industry Ecosystem

Chapter 2 The Power of Platforms and Stakeholders

Chapter 3 The Art of Video Game Revenue

Chapter 4 The Secret Economy of Steam Wishlists

Part Two Pre Development Choices

Chapter 5 Project Types and Project Goals

Chapter 6 Genre and Market Evaluation

Chapter 7 Scope and Engine Choices

Chapter 8 Timelines, Budgets, and Teams

Part Three Pitches and Publishing Deals

Chapter 9 Pitch Deck Perfection

Chapter 10 How to Negotiate with a Publisher

Part Four The Road to Release

Chapter 11 Quality Assurance

Chapter 12 Translation, Localization, and Porting

Chapter 13 Marketing from Zero

Part Five Post-Release

Chapter 14 What About Second Launch?

Chapter 15 The Next Game

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Biography

Alex Josef and Alex Van Lepp

Collectively, Alex Josef and Alex Van Lepp bring more than 40 years of industry experience to their work as video game educators. As the founders of VIM Global, a video game PR agency, they have worked with clients ranging from solo indie developers, notable indie publishers, and AAA studios to bring their games to market.

Some of those games include:

  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Guacamelee! And Guacamelee! 2
  • Super Mega Baseball 1, 2, and 3
  • Surgeon Simulator 2
  • Portal: Bridge Constructor
  • The Flame in the Flood
  • The Saints Row Series
  • Darksiders II
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Runbow
  • Metal Gear Solid Series (select titles)
  • Diablo II
  • Silent Hill

As the founders of Graffiti Games, they have published more than a dozen indie games, which means that they manage the careful balance of serving our investors, coaching indie developers through the development and release of their games, and then interface directly with major gaming platforms like Steam, Nintendo, GOG, Epic, and Stadia to negotiate deals and placement.

Some of the releases from Graffiti include:

  • Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion
  • Blue Fire
  • Cyber Hook
  • The King’s Bird
  • Mable and the Wood
  • Joggernauts
  • Double Cross
  • Trident’s Wake
  • REZ PLZ
  • Adventures of Chris
  • Bite the Bullet

Marshal Carper

Marshal’s first step into the creative world was at 19: He wrote for the Nintendo DS RPG, The Black Sigil. Today he is a career marketer and the author of more than 15 books. With his work spanning journalism, video games, combat sports, and a variety of client industries, he brings a nuanced perspective formed over years of working with innovative creators at the top of their fields. From launching indie games to helping a nonprofit like No Kid Hungry collaborate with Wizards of the Coast and GIANTS Software, his work has touched many corners of the games industry.

Either as the founder of the marketing agency Carper Creative or in the trenches as part of a development team, a few notable clients include:

  • Zen Studios
  • Mega Cat Studios
  • Graffiti Games
  • Playtra Studios
  • Studio Archcraft
  • Synersteel Studios
  • No Kid Hungry
  • Project Pinball
  • hedgehog lab