Indie developers are an interesting type of people. They make games mostly for the love of making them, but at the same time they have to be able to support themselves if they want to be able to make games as a source of income. The biggest problem for them is the constant feeling that the industry is in this race to the bottom when it comes to pricing. So many places have so many sales, people wait until games go on sale to pick them up that the actual money the developers get is minimal, at best. In fact, according to Indiependenceday.org the average income for an independent developer is less than $12,000 per year.
A number of developers have banded together to have an Indiependence Day non-sale where all of their games are on sale at the regular, full price. They encourage you to support the developers you like. If you bought a game on sale, but really enjoyed it they ask that you pick up a copy at full price and gift it to a friend.
It’s an interesting concept and one that I’ll be interested in following and seeing how well they do. People talk all the time about supporting independent developers, but how many of us buy games regularly at their full price? If you’re interested in finding out more about this and maybe buying a game or two to support indie developers head on over to http://indiependenceday.org and checking out the non-sale they have going on right now.
They have games for many different platforms. Whether you play games on PC, Mac, Linux, Wii U, PS4, Vita, iPad or Xbox there’s probably something there for you.