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The Indie Fund is now open

By on July 12, 2010

Earlier this year, a bunch of successful indie developers announced that they were going to invest in indie games – new ones, made by other people.

Indie Fund logo

The people behind World of Goo, Braid, flow and other games think it’s time to give back. And now they have opened up the Indie Fund to applications from game developers looking to do something new and interesting with games.

The fund has a bunch of requirements:

  • Innovation: Their phrase is “Does it add something new to gaming"?”
  • Playability: This is only partly about checking it on the game; it mainly seems to test whether you are capable of getting a game design executed in some form.
  • Cost-effective: World of Good cost $120,000 to make, Braid cost $180,000. If you are not small like that, the fund economics won’t work.
  • Business-like: This is an investment. The funders want their money back.

It looks like a pretty cool fund. First step is to make a video. Go visit the Indie Fund application page and see if it is for you.

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve: