Steam Greenlight has a new competitor.
By Tim Colwill on August 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm
GOG.com continue to be regarded as one of the best names in gaming right now — and why wouldn’t they? They offer cheap games, with no DRM, for the same price all around the world. But now it looks like they are making a concerted move into game publishing, launching a new drive to get indie developers to sign up with their service.
The move is being seen as a direct push into the territory of Steam Greenlight, Valve’s own indie-publishing system. GOG’s offering is quite different however, not only mandating that the developer must sell their game free of DRM, but also offering them an advance on royalties in order to speed up development.
“We want to start our relationship by giving you something no one else will give you,” says GOG’s new site. “If we decide to work together, we can offer you the option to get an advance on your game’s future sales.”
“There are two ways we can handle royalties: a standard 70/30 (Developer/GOG) split with no advance on royalties, or you get an advance on the royalties from your game. In this case, 60/40 royalties split will be in effect until the advance is recouped. Afterwards, we’ll switch the split to the standard 70/30.”
It’ll be very interesting to keep an eye on how this goes over the coming months. For more on GOG.com, I suggest checking out our interview with the company’s Trevor Longino, in which he claimed that the big publishers were coming around to DRM-free gaming because of how much money it makes, and that GOG.com’s real competition was not Steam, but software pirates.