In the last hour, the journalist Jason Schreier told in a recent article the discontent experienced by several indie developers against PlayStation and Sony specifically, which it would seem not adequately support these small realities.
The article in question, published in the journal Bloomberg, tells this difficult reality experienced by small developers, which would seem receive unequal treatment by the Tokyo company:
Several indie game developers have spoken out against Sony’s frustrating treatment, essentially arguing that the Japanese tech giant fails to adequately support smaller game developers.
This problem would also occur when such products are to be sold, since Sony would not advertise adequatelyand indie games on PlayStation Store:
While the big hits are featured prominently on the digital PlayStation Store, indie games are hard for gamers to discover. Marketing is more important than ever for game developers, with more and more titles released each year competing for player attention.
For developers who have likely invested their life savings into creating a game, a single store promotion can mean the difference between success and failure.
The relationship between the smaller studios and Sony is on balance in stark contrast to what we have seen in recent years at Microsoft and Nintendo, companies that have repeatedly shown their willingness to support indie titles.
Some of the developers who have made their complaints online have said they hope the public pressure will bring Sony to change their political line.
That protest began when independent developer Iain Garner tweeted that he was frustrated by “Platform X, Which later confirmed to Bloomberg to be a reference to PlayStation:
To get the promotion you have to jump through hoops, beg and beg. I have no idea how to be successful on this platform and they won’t tell me.
In an interview, Garner said he felt compelled to share his experience following a PlayStation video seminar where the company encouraged attendees to pay $ 25,000 for the front page promotion on the store
As Bloomberg reported in April, Sony’s strategy in recent years has been to prioritize their flagship titles and often this comes at the expense of smaller teams.