This is an interview with Tim Wee Boon, co-founder and editor-in-chief at IndieGames.com. Established in 2006, IndieGames.com is a website to discover, report on, encourage innovation in game development, and to recognize the best independent game developers. As an indie expert and IMGA Global jury member, Tim answered our questions about the indie market and the latest trends.
Working at indiegames.com, what could you say about the main changes that have affected the indie mobile games market in the last years?
I think both Apple and Google have put in tremendous effort to highlight creative new indie games on their mobile storefronts. Search algorithms were improved greatly and game recommendations are now more relevant than they were ever before. By keeping track of download histories, players who are looking for new games to try are always presented with something which fits their interests.
What will be the new trends in indie game development?
Game developers (including indies) are definitely getting better at monetizing their games. They are putting more effort into making great content, and with mobile technology improving every year I wouldn’t be so surprised to find console-quality games on our phones in the very near future.
I’m also looking forward to more advancements in VR for mobile devices. With the recent announcement of Google acquiring Owlchemy Labs (creators of Job Simulator), it goes to show how serious the industry is about making more games available for mobile VR.
What would be the 3 tips for indie developers to promote their games?
1- Talk to other developers often, and always communicate with fans of your work.
2- Submit your games to as many competitions as possible.
3- A good game is definitely easier to promote. Focus on doing the best you can and don’t give up!
Your current top 3 games?
Card Thief, Topsoil, Cosmic Express.
Joel: Her Story, Cosmic Express, and Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius.
Julia: Ghost Trick and Neko Atsume.
What kind of message would you like to get across the world?
There are many good game developers who you can learn from or be inspired by. If you have even the slightest interest in making a game, then now is a good time to start.