New indie developer association launches

New indie developer association launches

By Rob Crossley

October 23rd 2009 at 1:57PM

Indievision aims to protect indies from â??the pitfalls and immoral business practices in the industryâ?

A new association has been established with a primary goal of offering free advice, support and information to independent developers.

Indievision, as the organisation is known, is the brainchild of Richard Hill-Whittall, who got the idea of a independent body for indies during the Langdell/Edge/Mobigame row.

“I thought enough is enough,” said Hill-Whittall, “why is there not a group helping Indies and offering free information, support and advice to help studio owners build up successful studios and avoid some of the pitfalls and immoral business practices in the industry?”

Speaking to Develop, Hill-Whittall likened Indievision to game industry bodies such as the IGDA or Tiga, though his new organisation is volunteer-based; no membership fees.

Hill-Whittall also revealed that a number of indie developers have joined the new group, from Relentless to Icon, Proper Games, Four Door Lemon, Digimask, and Mobigame.

Membership to Indievision is open to any active indie developer.

More information, advice, ideas and registration can be found here: www.indievision.org

“We provide a place to talk to like minded professional developers and studio owners, to discuss development practices, business development, funding issues, and so on,” said the group.

“We have an extensive list of contacts at publishers, law firms, outsource companies, format holders, ratings and official organisations, and offer free help and advice with basic tax questions (such as withholding tax), age ratings, QA and the many other issues associated with self-funded development and publishing.”