Sony Faces Backlash From Indie Developers

Sony Faces Backlash From Indie Developers

Kshipra Jadav  | Published on 02 Jul 2021

Iain Garner - the co-founder of Neon - Doctrine started a twitter thread about Platform X where he criticized the Platforms for their bias against Indie developers and their poor backend services.

About the Thread

Garner obviously did not name the Platform but said the following to describe the platform - “... it's the operator of a very successful console and does not have Games Pass!”. At this point, it was pretty clear that Garner was talking about Sony and specifically, it’s PlayStation department.



Garner stated that Sony practically gives no attention to small Indie developers like him. He also accused Sony of apparently taking $25,000 from the developers to get featured on their store. He wrote this : “Oh but don't worry. There is a way to guarantee you get featured! All you need to do is spend a VERY reasonable minimum of 25,000 USD to get featuring. Oh and then 30% of your subsequent earnings....”

He said that Sony is super successful at hardware but their backend process is straight out of the 2000s. We definitely advise you to read the whole thread just to get a glimpse of how Sony is misbehaving with the developers.

It seemed like Garner was frustrated with Sony and all of it’s malpractices and hence decided to vent to his audience.

The Support

After this thread went viral, many other indie developers stepped up and shared their experiences on Twitter too and they were just as bad as Iain’s.

Matthew White, the CEO of Whitehorn Games posted this tweet : 



White went on to say email communications with the platform are returned in months rather than days or weeks, the process of obtaining sales reports is unnecessarily time consuming and outdated, and it has no marketing, analytics, or advertising assessment tools for developers.

Ragnar Tørnquist retweeted Iain’s original post and said that “This thread mirrors out experience exactly”



Jay Tholen, the developer of HypnoSpace Outlaw even took names and accused Sony directly. He retweeted Iain’s tweet and said - “ yeah playstation sucks for indie devs. “



As of right now, there is a lot of heat being thrown at Sony. All the Indie developers are angry and they have a valid reason to be. Mike Rose - the founder of HypnoSpace Outlaw said - “The reason you don't see more threads like it, is because devs are too worried to say it publicly. But trust me when I say that the vast majority of devs are reading that thread, and nodding their heads violently”.

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