You ever wanted to try your hand at making a video game? You probably have, haven’t you? I mean, I don’t mean to make presumptions about you, but you did click on this article so it’s not a stretch.
Anyway, to the list of existing online resources you can add IndieDevKit. The kit aims to be an affordable online platform of knowledge to help indie developers self-publish their own game. It was launched August 20 (yesterday).
The website was founded by Leonie Manshanden, owner of SouthPaw Strategy, former VP of Irrational Games, and Tim Pointing, owner of agency Renegade PR. All the materials on the site have been created by the founders and have been vetted by experts or come from other official sources.
The materials come in the form of downloadable guides, each priced between $5.00 and $15.00. There are additional tools that operate on a ‘pay-what-you want’ model and resource listings. For game development teams that need hands-on support, IndieDevKit offers this service, but mainly the site was designed to help developers find the tools they need to make things by themselves.
Currently, downloadable guides are available on the subjects of Crowdfunding, PR Basics, Legal Basics and Social Media among a range of other topics. The guides do seem to focus on PR predominately. There’s online wizards, also, which seek to help you in the realms of localization, messaging and budgeting.
Founder Leonie Manshanden has the following to say about the launch, “My co-founder and I have been manning the frontline for well over 200 game launches. We have created IndieDevKit because we passionately believe that no one should have to rely on anecdotal information to make critical decisions for their studio or game launch. After watching people make the same mistakes over and over again because they could not afford help, we want to make our experience accessible to all studios, even those who are boot-strapping”.
If you’d like up to the minute information about any new guides launching, for instance, feel free to follow IndieDevKit on Twitter.