GoG To Start Distributing Indie Games


In CD Projekt’s Investors Conference today, it was announced that the digital distributor plans on working with indie game developers and publishers to expand their catalogue over the next few years.

Good Old Games is run by the Polish talent over at CD Projekt, and up until now, its focus has been on remastering and distributing classic games, DRM free, through a digital channel. It’s been pretty successful in doing so, reportedly being the second most popular digital distributor on the net. That is not enough for CD Projekt though, they want a bigger slice of the pie, and have big plans for how to do that. They announced their plans for the next four years in their Investors Conference in Poland today, they are to be bringing newer titles to their platform as well as providing more and more of the retro classics that got them to where they are now.

All of this is in an effort to compete with the likes of Steam, Origin and Gamers Gate; but another surprise came when they exposed their desire to open their doors to indie games to come aboard. The hope is to increase their catalogue of games up to 400 by the end of 2012, and they seem focused on gathering promising indie games in to do that. CD Projekt say that indies and themselves share the same spirit:

“We want to work closely with ambitious developers and independent publishers who feel a kinship with that ‘good old spirit’ that GOG.com embodies.”

That is to say that all of the games available on GoG.com have to be DRM free and the same price everywhere, on all platforms and regions. CD Projekt made it clear that while the focus of their digital distribution platform was being widened, there is a specific goal to “emerge as the best alternative digital distribution platform for all PC games.”

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  1. Charles

    “emerge as the best alternative digital distribution platform for all PC games.”

    That’s not good news. It’s just not the same business. Adding indie games I can understand and even aplaud it, but trying to take Steam head on… They could end up losing on all counts.

    Good luck getting AAA developpers to comply with their noDRM policy – and that’s just one obstacle.

  2. Chris Priestman

    Note the world “alternative” though – they are clearly trying to sit alongside Steam and have different releases from them. Obviously Steam will have them beat whatever, but I think they could occupy that part of digital distribution, and already do, quite well.

  3. Charles

    I especially caught on to the words “all PC games” and “no DRM” which led me to a different conclusion. Let’s just hope they don’t ruin a good thing because their success went to their heads.

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