February 22, 2013 in Indie.Me
Alright, so I’ve been tiptoeing around this subject for a while, but it’s time to bite the bullet and get down to it. Here’s a rough draft on how I’ll make money on this venture.
Initially, indie game companies will pay $10 a month to maintain their game on the site. This isn’t a high amount of money, but after looking at the pros and cons of subscriptions here, I think that this will allow indie game publishers to get their game out on the site, without too much of a commitment if the website tanks. This will make people more likely to be like “hey, it’s $10″ and throw it in, not remembering to unsubscribe. I would make unsubscribing an easy process, so that there will be trust in the website.
Then I moved on to look at other forms of making money off a website. Sponsored reviews of indie games, or sponsored search responses are definitely a method to make money off this site. Bumping some games to the top and slapping a “sponsored label” will become valuable once people start using the site.
I don’t like paywalls (here’s a hilarious blogger talking about the NYT paywall and why it will ultimately fail) but I also don’t agree with limited content, like Hulu to Hulu Plus, etc. This site will never have that, nor do I think I’ll make users pay to play open source games.
So, in conclusion, I’ll use advertising, sponsored content and a subscription fee for publishers which may increase.