Xbox Live Indie Games Returned to Previous Spot in Marketplace

Microsoft has restored the Xbox Live Indie Games store to its rightful place in the Xbox 360 Marketplace, having shoved it into a dark corner in the November 1 update.

The update had moved XBLIG from its previous spot in the Games & Demos tab of the Games Marketplace into the Speciality Shops section, alongside the Avatar Marketplace, Rock Band Music Store and other things people don't look at when they want games.

Naturally, this was criticised by many developers. Microsoft claimed that the move was actually a positive change for indies, telling Eurogamer the following:

The intent of the Specialty Shops section was to provide access to marketplaces that focus on a specific type of content, with unique ways of sorting through that content. We wanted to give Xbox Live Indie Games that full marketplace experience and felt this was the best place to do it, alongside other popular channels like the Avatar Marketplace.

In fact, since the launch of Avatars, Xbox Live members have made more than 290 million customizations to their Avatar's clothing, so we expect many people to regularly visit the Specialty Shops section.

The XBLIG store is now once again on the Games and Demos section.