Kartridge – A New Home For Indies
News broke this week that Kongregate is launching a new PC gaming platform known as Kartridge. The new platform which has yet to launch. Is designed with indie developers in mind. Making the platform a new home for indie devs to sell and market their games.
Kartridge has a herculean task ahead of it, if it hopes to compete in an already crowded marketplace
When it launches the platform will join the likes of Game Jolt, itch.io, and Steam. While Steam doesn’t specialize in indie games like the other services do. It’s hard to argue with its king of the mountain status. Given the work, a new service must do once it launches. One must wonder if this endeavor is doomed to failure.
While I doubt that will be the case. Given that the folks at Kongregate have run a successful platform for many years. Still, this type of service brings with it several challenges. Chief amongst them will be dealing with an influx of shovelware titles.
This is a problem that plagues all online platforms. While there are solutions to this problem none of them are easy or cheap. What will set Kartridge apart will be the uniqueness of the service. Also, how they deal with the inevitable challenges of running said service.
The official site has outlined part of that information for us. As illustrated in the image below.
All that looks pretty good. I have no doubt that many indie devs will be making good use of the customized storefront feature. Of course, the claim to put developers first is one of the most important features the platform can offer. This should be one of the primary goals of any gaming platform.
Of course, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. The social aspect of the platform could turn toxic quick without some form of moderation. The open platform does nothing to address a potential influx of shovelware. It’s also too early for me to be worrying about such things. Seeing as the platform hasn’t even launched yet. It’s likely that there will, be policies in place to address these issues once the service does in fact launch.
The service is currently accepting signups for the closed beta. With the open beta happening sometime this summer. I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t hear more about the service come time for this year’s E3. One thing is certain though. Kartridge looks to be a game changer in the indie game landscape.
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