Do you know of Budget Distributors paying more than $3.000 for a game ?

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  1. VladR

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    Hi,

    We`re a small self-funded company (3 people+1 external musician) and have so far finished 2 games (3D) and are currently working on finishing another 3. We`ve sold our games to one distributor already and are currently negotiating with others. But generally, all of them are willing to pay max $5.000 for the game (non-exclusive license) if your previous games sold well, so at the start it`s still just $3.000.

    Anyone knows of some budget distributor who is willing to pay more for non-exclusive license of the game ?
    Or at least some budget distributor who is taking other titles than previous year`s AAA game.

    Thanks
    VladR Games
    www.avenger.sk
     
  2. dypaul

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    Link broken...

    Your link for your game the good, the bad..., does not work. The screenshots look good and I wish I can check it out. Thanks.
     
  3. VladR

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    oops, I must have accidentally erased some demo file while cleaning www directory two weeks ago. Thanks for reminding me. Today I`m planning on uploading a latest demo version for new distributors I`m currently contacting, so I might as well update the regular demo because the previous demo was about 2 months old which means I`ve fixed quite a lot of issues since then - especially graphics of the menu,HUD and loading screen.

    I`ll post here the link as soon as I recompile the demo.

    EDT : New correct link (2-levels demo):
    http://www.avenger.sk/WesternDemo.exe

    Let me know how it ran on your PC and what you think of it. Thanks
     
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  4. OgreMaster

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    Hi, the link to the demo, I couldn´t start the game, but what I saw was nice. What publisher pays $3000 for the full game? is a very small one? :eek:
     
  5. Bmc

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    Valusoft and Globalstar, but I don't know how easy it would be to get your game published through. Probably not very easy.
     
  6. OgreMaster

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    yes, it is not easy and that´s why Iam asking, I mean.. if you make a good indie game, good game design, graphics, programming, sound, etc it should worth more than $3000 don´t? well, looking at the Valusoft site I saw many games that they should have paid more than this, considering the quality of the game and GlobalStar sells only "A" games? I´m confused :confused:
     
  7. VladR

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    Bmc: Thanks, I know of these, but haven`t yet contacted them. They`re on my to-do list. But I don`t think they`ll accept it. They have a pretty high bar now that I might be able to catch up by the end of the year, but not with current crop of our games.

    Well, I`m not an expert on this (started this full-time business just a year ago ), but this is what I`ve experienced so far:

    - Not all budget games are equal. Some distributors "mean" by budget game a game that was AAA title 2 years ago and now goes into budget label so it can be milked a little bit more. There`s no chance for a small studio (3 people) to compete with Unreal 2 and Splinter Cell.

    - Some distributors "mean" by budget game a game that is from new studio but is of A quality. They are offering $10-$20.000 per game, BUT...
    But the game has to be of at least two years ago A quality which is the same as AAA game just not published by anybody. So again, we`d have to create something like Unreal 2, just without the Big License/Brand Name and Big-Publisher Name behind us.

    - third category is Distributors that sell 100s of budget games in hopes that at least half of them covers the $3.000 -$5.000 fee and pays for the rest of them. I still have to find a good number of them since so far I haven`t had much luck. But I`m still in the process of waiting for answer of about 10 other distrbutors.

    But I gotta pay the rent and loan from bank I took for this, so if anybody has any other ideas as to whom should I contact, I`d love to hear them.


    Ogremaster: The point is that you sign a non-exclusive license, i.e. you can sell it to 20 other distributors even in same country and that`s where it starts to be interesting. Now I need to find only 19 other...
     
  8. Jack Norton

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    I don't really think that you can have your game out in SAME country with different publishers... ;)
     
  9. VladR

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    You can, however not under same name.
    This means your game is named differently under each distributor.

    Another issue is whether another distributor picks it up when it`s already being distributed, i.e. if you find someone else and he`ll want to do it.

    Still, if it`s non-exclusive license, you are giving only rights to "Name of The Game" for respective distributor. It`s nowehere written that it`s forbidden to distribute it by someone else in same country. The distributor has only rights for given name, nothing else.
     
  10. Andrew Postnikov

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    Hello VladR,

    I've downloaded both demos and I think you can made a good indie game for "try then buy" distribution.
    If you are interesting in, please contact me.
     
  11. Mark Sheeky

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    You have to be careful there. Most publishers would object to an exclusive deal if they think you'll just rename the game and resell it elsewhere. Generally a game is identified by the name and some publishing agreements might only mention the name as the game but a few agreements define the game as "the game known as xxx" and use other language to identify the same game irrespective of the name or label.

    Mark
     
  12. VladR

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    Yes, I know. I already mentioned that it`s possible only with non-exclusive licenses. However, I`d be happy to receive a exclusive license since they usually start on $10.000. I`d be happy to sell one territorry for such amount. Because if I did it with both of my current games and two games that shall be finished till the end of the year I could survive comfortably.
     

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