Are there any? Sure, depending on who you call indie... Ranging from those super-friendlies like GarageGames, and possibly BigFish to the also-friendly Playfirst, Merscom and Oberon... there's no shortage of publishing companies out there...Are there any other Indie friendly publishing companies out there? If so, how many? And, will they take your creation to mass market?
Customer eyeballs. The independant developer wants sales, and that pretty much means people coming to try out the game, which pretty much means portal deals. If you are a well-established partner with Yahoo, MSN, RealNetworks... not to mention the retail channels.... then your publishing deals will be what the developer wants.As an independent developer, what would you want to see in a publishing partner?
Creative control and high royalty rates are fun, but it'll hardly matter if the above-mentioned things aren't in line... GarageGames is a good example (or was... they're moving toward trying to become a larger portal now...). I'd probably sooner sign a 15% deal with someone who is likely to move me onto WalMart's shelves and Yahoo and MSN's gaming pages instead of of newish publishing company offering 50% to publish me in the random voids of small-internet world. Is there money to be made off of the 50% deal there? Sure! But it isn't as much, most likely.What would your dream situation be? I would imagine creative control, handsome royalties and maintaining ownership of your creation.
This is fun and happy... but you glazed over the important part with "getting them published and out to the world". Can you go into more detail about this new venture and what that'll mean? Manifesto Games had a similar tagline recently, but didn''t seem to have the marketing muscle to bring it to people in any real way.We envision a company that will take game submissions (supplying contracts and confidentiality agreements to protect you, of course), running them through a focus group (made up of gamers) to determine their mass appeal, and ultimately getting them published and out to the world and paying a very generous royalty to keep the submissions coming.
Do you have a plan for such things? If so... you may have a winner on your hands.