Now Microsoft is pushing super hard with their [email protected] programme, the old Xbox Live Indie Games feature found on the Xbox 360 is becoming a little dead. Microsoft has a keener focus on Indie Gamers and thus is set to shut down the Xbox Live Indie Games Marketplace. Though it’s going to take them until 2017 to do so.
Xbox Live Indie Games was a simple self-serve process that allowed developers to make and sell their own games through Xbox Live on the Xbox 360. Now, that feature is coming to a close.
Microsoft has sent out an email to developers on the platform explaining in great detail exactly what the process will be from here. Fortunately nothing is set to really happen until September 2016, then in September 2017 it’ll be gone, for good.
They also advised active developers about signing up to their [email protected] programme, which makes sense.
Here’s exactly how the Xbox Live Indie Game Marketplace will die:
September 9th, 2015: Users will no longer be able to purchase an annual membership subscription. Any creators who would like to continue active development after September 9th can contact [email protected] for free tokens to enable development until September 9th, 2016.
- After September 9th, 2016: Creators will no longer be able to publish their titles to marketplace.
- Around September, 2017: The Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace will be closed.
- Around November, 2017: We will make a final payout to all partners regardless of whether or not they meet the $150 minimum threshold.
We will have support in place for any questions that may arise until 12/31/2017. After that, the XNA Creators website will be taken down.
Xbox Live Indie Games began in 2006 and was a more lenient version of the Xbox Live Arcade which allowed many independent developers create and ship their own games without publishers getting in the way. This did result in a number of terrible games making their way onto the store, but it was also the home of some indie gems such as Cthulhu Saves the World.
You can read the full announcement here.