It is uncommon to give out free demo game for feedback as market scheme

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  1. elvis89

    elvis89 New Member

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    I have an important question concerning about marketing your game. I wanted to know if it uncommon for small indie team to release a demo game for free for feedback or suggestion to help improve the game?
     
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    JessieZhou New Member

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    Not uncommon at all. You should get some feedback from others when you want to know the result. But why not show it first in some forums by a video or a lite version? It will be much safer if the game hasn't been completed yet.
     
  3. Scoper

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    Very common. It is often called an alpha test. When the game is nearly complete and you release the whole game (not just a demo) for testing and feedback it is called a beta test. Usually you send your alpha to only a few select people, while beta is commonly open to anyone.
     
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    Yeah, agreed it's not uncommon at all. Either as a demo that's a small portion of the game or as an unfinished alpha version. And, depending on your goals with it, it could be a private, covered by NDA sort of deal or a little more public where you can provide it to some indie game news sites and content creators.
     
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    Getting anyone to look at your game, even with a free version and no restrictions is hard enough. There are 150ish games a week coming out on steam. Its like a flood. Post about your project early and often, as much as you can in as many places as you can. I would say you need a demo that people can check out, enough to get them hooked and want to buy it now instead of waiting for it to be on sale.
     
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