Minecraft dev hoping to publish indies

The indie dig 'em up's developer Mojang Specifications is considering co-publishing other indie games, hoping to get one out this fall.


Mojang Specifications is looking into co-publishing other developers' indie games, the Minecraft developer's business development director Daniel Kaplan has told GamesIndustry.biz.

"We are in a great spot right now, we can basically do whatever we want to. The hardest thing for us right now is to say 'no' to all the deals we're being offered," Kaplan explained.

"There are tonnes of opportunities out there for us right now. But we have to wait it out and figure out what's the best thing for us to do." Everyone from hardware manufacturers to ad networks is interested in working with the company.

"We're looking into publishing our own games too though, bringing indie games under our own brand," he said. "We're still having to figure out how that's going to work out."

Kaplain added that "we hope to have something out this fall at least, some co-published games."

Mojang announced its second game, Scrolls, in March. It'll combine board game and collectible card game, selling digital 'booster packs.' Work on the hugely successful Minecraft still continues, with Mojang aiming for an official release on November 11. This event could be celebrated with MinecraftCon 2011, a big knees-up in Las Vegas.

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    May 17, 2011 7:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Minecraft dev plans indie publishing.

    The indie dig 'em up's developer Mojang Specifications is considering co-publishing other indie games, hoping to get one out this fall.

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      May 17, 2011 1:00 PM

      I like Mojang but this is getting pretty crazy, announce another game when minecraft is still in beta and now wanna publish games also for others, and still not released any game.

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        May 17, 2011 1:03 PM

        The more bullshit he tries and fails at the faster he runs out of money and we never have to hear about him again.

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        May 17, 2011 1:21 PM

        I can understand where you are coming from, but he has the cash to try something, so why not? While many may not agree on how he develops his game, he has certainly shown much love for the indie scene, and I think he can bring some good things to light. No reason to NOT have someone else presenting games to us!

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        May 17, 2011 1:46 PM

        Claw HammeR, have I ever told you that I like your name?

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      May 17, 2011 1:38 PM

      So Mojang wants to be Apogee/3drealms, except instead of aspiring to high quality games, they'll just declare it good enough on a set date and ship it?

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      May 17, 2011 1:55 PM

      My immediate reaction was ಠ_ಠ, but I guess any help to the indie scene is a good thing.

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      May 17, 2011 8:54 PM

      Why's everyone been so negative about this? He got a gigantic sum of money from one of his projects, and wants to put the money back into the community that helped make him famous. For us, that means more indie games with bigger budgets.

      People are acting like it would've been better if he just took the money and ran.

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        May 17, 2011 9:10 PM

        We wanted him to reinvest in the minecraft ip a bit more than he did

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      May 17, 2011 9:09 PM

      I think mojang is exactly the people who proved you don't need publishers, good luck to them convincing people to release under them

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        May 17, 2011 9:21 PM

        Good point.

        I think they are in a good place to use their Minecraft visibility to push other projects. Just that is valuable and something that another game developer might consider.

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        May 18, 2011 8:46 PM

        Minecraft wasn't exactly an ambitious title, though. If he had more money behind it in the beginning I think it would have turned out a lot better. I think that's what Notch is trying to do for others.

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