September 21st, 2012 | By Alex Wilkinson
I don’t think i need to tell anyone here what Newgrounds is, it has been one of the early driving forces in the indie games market being the defacto portal to visit for all your online gaming needs. Newgrounds has been running since the late nineties with its biggest boom in 2000 with its automated portal and has ever since its birth been an independently held company and remains to be so.
However of late as the competition from other web portals has starkly increased with the level of investment from outside sources vastly increasing Newgrounds has taken a hit in revenue. As the traffic has stayed consistent the ad revenue has steadily dropped, Newgrounds is now looking for the community to support them with their new subscription “supporters upgrade”. The subscription costs $25 for year which gives you many benefits from forum badges and labels to the removal of advertisements across the site which actually allows the site to load much quicker giving you a much better experience overall.
So why does Newgrounds factor into the indie community so largely? Newgrounds has been a long standing way for new developers to put up ideas for games and prototypes. It has showcased some fantastic titles from independents that have later gone on to be developed into full titles. I remember games such as Alien Hominid arriving on Newgrounds in 2002 and was later ported to console, along with developers like Edmund McMillan publishing many titles on Newgrounds it has really been at the heart of the indie community.
For the longest time Newgrounds has been the site for indies to get noticed and the recognition, along with the fan base they have needed in order to become established. It is now time for us to help out Newgrounds by showing our support. You can sign up to Newgrounds as a supporter here.