The Age of Development

Broadband Internet, online services and the increasing popularity of casual games has shifted power from game publishers towards indie developers

Five years ago many people were predicting the imminent extinction of independent developers and statistics suggested they were the optimistic ones. Two years ago independent developers were dying at the rate of more than one per week; and not just the small studios either. Had development houses been the slightest bit cute or fluffy we'd almost certainly have seen panicked scenes as well-meaning protesters blocked traffic round the world in a desperate attempt to save them. The Age of Publishing was truly upon us. But as with all mass-extinctions, the fittest, most adaptable specimens survived through the bleak times, honing their skills and biding their time, ready to take full advantage as soon as the climate changed.

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