Cash for Developers

Cash for Developers

New North Carolina company Joystick Labs bridges the gap between concept and incorporation for independent developers.

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In other words short term venture capital for casual games.

What is with North Carolina and game devs? My state is turning into the hollywood of video games.

soapyshooter:
What is with North Carolina and game devs? My state is turning into the hollywood of video games.

It does seem to be the place, wirth all the tech around too, not too surprising

So far by my count North Carolina has given us Stephen Colbert, The Escapist and now this? I applaud you.

Stephen Colbert is from South Carolina. South Carolina is the Mexico of North Carolina. Or maybe North Carolina is the Canada of South Carolina. Whatever it is, we hate each other.

soapyshooter:
What is with North Carolina and game devs? My state is turning into the hollywood of video games.

I know, it's weird. Why is our state so special?

Steve Butts:
Stephen Colbert is from South Carolina. South Carolina is the Mexico of North Carolina. Or maybe North Carolina is the Canada of South Carolina. Whatever it is, we hate each other.

Either way, North Carolina's better. OH SNAP!

Well, this is nice. I mean... not much else to say. It's nice that the little guys are getting some help.

Steve Butts:
That means focusing on mobile platforms like the iPad, iPhone or Android, or on more casual environments like Facebook or Xbox Live Arcade.

XBLA is "more casual" than the iPhone?

Steve Butts:
He's reassured by the encouraging rates of growth for "cheaper, smaller, more social and more casual" games, particularly those of Zynga on Facebook. "We're a bit more focused on those," he says, "because that's where we see the biggest growth opportunities as well as a development scope that is in line with what you can do with a small team in a matter of months."

If I was developing a *proper* PC game, that is not encouraging. And before you ask, some indie developers do make proper PC games.

I hope this ends up with a huge Indie Pack similar to the one that was released a while with Aquaria and World of Goo.

That + some smart marketing could go a long way =)

While it certainly is an awesome idea, I'm also going to play devil's advocate in this, and say just one thing: it sounds like a scam to me. Yes, we'll set you up, and then we'll always be a part of your company until one of us goes defunct. It's a totally fair deal!

Either way, it'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

 

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