NetEase invests in Quantic Dream. (Off-Topic)

by Korny @, Dalton, Ga. US. Earth, Sol System, Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 13:40 (318 days ago) @ Cody Miller
edited by Korny, Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 13:48

Looks like Bungie was just a small piece of their Western-developer push.

Hope it stays that way. The less attention Bungie gets from them, the better off they will be, I think. You're not independent when somebody else owns you-- even part of you.

Then nobody is independent…

Make a console game? Sony or MS could refuse cert and now you can’t sell.
Make a mobile game? Apple could pull it from the store.
Make a PC game? You rely Microsoft APIs and windows software.

Unless you control literally everything then someone owns a piece of you in a sense.

Wrong. Limiting your distribution options is not ownership of your product. From Adult-only weeb games to Metro: Exodus, distributors can be denied any power over your product's distribution just as easily as they can deny distributing it. It's still 100% your product if you're independent, and while that may limit your audience, you always have the freedom to find another distributor, or do it yourself (While Warframe is mainly associated with Steam, it is also available on Discord, and even if both were to fall through, DE has their own personal launcher for it).

Contracts, however, are whole other level of control over your product, and do blur those lines a bit.

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