The CEO of Finji we owe tunica certain Bekah Saltsman, took part in a new interview organized in the Megamigs conference where she reserved some not exactly positive words towards the subscription servicesstating that they are “fantastic and terrifying” because of their business model.
Saltsman indeed stated that due to Xbox Game Pass and new tiers of PlayStation Plus “really weird things start happening” as regards independent productions:
“Due to the constriction and consolidation of the industry over the past couple of years and how many companies are owned only by subscription services, my concern is that because libraries are so large and businesses are so prolific with huge user bases , that they won’t need us”
While the CEO is confident that Finji can get by thanks to his well-established reputation for the critical and commercial success of various games, such as Tunic, Night in the Woods and Chicory, he is much less positive regarding the state of health of the indies of the world of video games:
“I’m quite negative about the future because if we turn the current share of buyers into subscribers, that means we have to rely on subscription fees and acquisitions. And in general, agreements to be placed on services in subscriptions do not pay for so many years of developing a team, unless your team is very small.
Memberships are both awesome and terrifying at the same time, and it could go either way. And I worry especially for the smaller independent teams that maybe in the future they won’t have an initial foothold to be able to make their products, maybe they will no longer have the space and the money to make more than one game.
The CEO of the development team of tunic he specified that the large companies that have a subscription service look at the mere numbers, thinking exclusively of the profit they can obtain by inserting a title within their own services. And this fact will mean that smaller productions, which have less appeal to the public, will be increasingly rarely included in subscription services.
The CEO of Finji, creator of Tunic, says subscription services are “awesome and terrifying” 🤔
“In general, subscription buyouts don’t pay for that many years of a team’s development, unless your team is very small” says Finji
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