Seven international indie game publishers have come together to create a collaborative initiative known as The Indie Houses. With the core attitude of “indies-for-indies”, The Indie Houses aims to promote an environment that is centered around the sharing of knowledge between publishers rather than cutthroat competition. While this partnership has already been in practice for months (starting industry dialogues, discussing publisher agreements, pushing for sales transparency, etc.) the group will officially kick-off with a publisher showcase, The Indie Houses Direct, on August 31st, on Steam, Twitch, and YouTube. This will be followed by a weeklong Steam Festival, from August 31st – September 7th, 2021.
The Indie Houses is a collection of publishers that span multiple continents, with different backgrounds, niches, and languages. Each one brings their own set of skills and expertise to the collective with the objective of elevating not only themselves but also one another and indie games as a whole. The publishers involved include Akupara Games, Fellow Traveller, Neon Doctrine, Raw Fury, Those Awesome Guys, Toge Productions, and Whitethorn Games. While these are the publishers currently involved with the organization, the hope is to expand this collaborative relationship to others.
Inspired by the recent surge in “direct” style online showcases such as Wholesome Direct, The Indie Houses Direct will be an hour-long segment, packed to the brim with news and reveals from the seven publishers involved. A week-long Steam event will take place following the showcase which will feature multiple game demos, live broadcasts, game bundles, and sales.
The Indie Houses Direct Features:
New game announcements
Content Updates and reveals
Developer live streams and Q&A sessions
African Developer Prototype Fund