Patreon & itch.io – Indie Gamings New Power Couple!
Indie marketplace itch.io has taken a huge step forward in helping indie devs fund their projects. This step involves integrating Patreon into the marketplace. The goal according to itch.io is to help devs to make money doing what they love.
This integration will also allow devs to link their itch.io project to their Patreon campaign. According to itch.io Patreon integration has been a frequent request from developers.
“Many of our creators are already using Patreon to support their work so it’s been a common request to allow patrons from Patreon to get access to developer’s itch.io projects.”
Despite what was clearly the desired feature from developers. It’s nice to see the folks at itch.io implement it. Which is something that they didn’t have to do. This feat is made even more extraordinary when you consider the fact that Patreon is its own entity.
In other words, itch.io itself is unlikely to see a dime of the money that indie devs make using the new Patreon integration. This fact speaks to the commitment that itch.io has for indie game development. The marketplace has always been dev friendly. For proof of this, all you must do is look at their unique revenue sharing options. Which is a pay what you want to model. Few marketplaces would even consider doing this. Out of those that do consider it even fewer would follow through with it.
The integration with Patreon also makes sense when you consider how many indie devs are currently using the platform. In fact, the site itself claims that over 50,000 creators are currently using the service.
Thanks to services such as Patreon and marketplaces like itch.io. It’s getting easier and easier for independent developers to follow their passions. This is the sort of progress that is going to movie indie game development forward. By making sure that developers have what they need to make a real run at development.
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