GOG.com courting indie developers

Independent game developers offered perks to promote submissions on GOG.com website.

Digital games retailer GOG.com is encouraging submissions from independent game developers on its website.

Games that are accepted will be sold on GOG.com (GOG), a platform that distributes games free of any form of digital rights management (DRM). Developers are also offered the opportunity to opt in for an advance on royalties from game sales made.

GOG is providing new releases free promotion on the site's front page and via its social media channels as part of a marketing campaign. Additionally, developers are able to gain feedback on their game from GOG, regardless of whether the submission is accepted or declined.

Several independent game developers currently utilise GOG's platform. Developers of games such as To the Moon, Defender's Quest, and Driftmoon appear on the video supporting the site's approach.

GOG is a PC game retailer and distribution service owned by CD Projekt Red. The platform has been advocating its DRM-free stance since 2011.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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cosades2002
cosades2002

GOG deserves way more credit. It is a truly great service that respects and values there customers.  

hadlee73
hadlee73

I love GOG. They made it possible to play many of my old favourites that (for one reason or another) just would not run in my main PC anymore (from my original discs).

Hurvl
Hurvl

GoG and CD Projekt Red - my two favorite things are actually one thing... or like a siamese twin where one body handles GoG and the does game development. Either way, I like them both and this is a really good thing, sounds much better than Steam's Greenlight procedure.

the_hunger
the_hunger

I'm a fan of Gog.com's DRM stance, so I hope that more developers start using their service. 

Holy-Rapture
Holy-Rapture

huh, I didnt know CDPR owned GOG...good move tho to compete with Steam and give more indie developers a chance at the spotlight

ferrarimanf355
ferrarimanf355

Someone please tell WayForward this, I'm tired of Shantae:Risky's Revenge being in Steam Greenlight purgatory.

bouchart
bouchart

Is this article an advertisement paid for by GOG?

AshTrai
AshTrai

Most indie games on PC have a DRM free version by default anyway (Monaco does, don't stave does, numerous kickstarter games also do). I assumed these titles were already available on GOG but I guess not. I hope this promo goes well because indies + GOG seems a good combination to me. 

I have to say, i didn't know CD projekt red started/ran GOG. Consider me schooled in that regard :p

Naylord
Naylord

I know DRM is a dirty word around these parts but if its done well it's great. I mean Steam is DRM and what it gives us is a great unified service. I love having things like trading cards, achievements and unified friends lists for my PC games. It basically gives you the best of PC and consoles at the same time.
So that's why I don't bother buying my games on GOG

Golden_Gonads
Golden_Gonads

There's no such site called Good Old Games.  GOG used to stand for that, but they dumped the full name a couple of years ago, and are now just called GOG...

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I have a GOG account but I don't think I have bought a single thing there as I found it cheaper elsewhere and on top of that most of the games there totally suck.  If they add Indie games and give me crazy prices once in awhile like Green Man Gaming, Steam and other sites do then maybe I will give them some of my money.  Until then GOG hardly matters.

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

And CDPR does a good thing. Again. It's like the Heaven of gaming.

enartloc
enartloc

GOG rules,i hope it becomes a mecca for indie games,the no DRM and their whole fully transparent way of making business is awesome.

experience_fade
experience_fade

Good Old Games: both the bane and savior of indie titles.

The website alone will keep piracy around for forever!

Kickable
Kickable

@bouchart I'd be a tiny bit surprised as far as Gamespot facilitating it.  CDPR on the other hand, maybe you were around when they admitted taking their site down without notice once was a shameless way to draw attention to their revamped site.  well if they weren't kidding at least.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@AshTrai CD Projekt is a whole group of companies: CD Projekt RED (developers), GOG.com (digital games store), CDP.pl (digital store, but also distributor of movies and retail video/board/card games, Polish market only).

Lost-to-Apathy
Lost-to-Apathy

But why would you buy an OLD game on Steam? Like why buy Deus Ex on Steam when you can get it on GOG? There are no achievements or trading cards, so it's not like that stuff even matters. And you can still launch it from Steam. Just add the shortcut. I'd rather have a DRM free copy that I can back up on a DVD and can take with me and play anywhere. Also, you can download it as many times as you want from their website. With new games, I get your point. But I see no reason to get all of your games on Steam.

hystavito
hystavito

@DeViLzzz I have to admit the prices usually aren't great.  The classic games are too expensive in my opinion, even on sale.  If they would run sales where they bundle a bunch of classic games for like $20 I'd buy more.  I guess the prices are high since without DRM they get pirated so easily.

WereCatf
WereCatf

@DeViLzzz GOG has sales all the damn time, like there was just all the D&D-games on sale. Sure, they mostly focus on old games or indie, so obviously their collection won't be anything like Steam or GMG, but if you're not looking for oldies or indies then why would go to GOG in the first place?

CyrenII
CyrenII

@enartloc Their support system is great too, as is the community. They are totally what the industry needs at the moment. A service like GOG has been LONG overdue.

enartloc
enartloc

@experience_fade there's not a single game on GOG that ever had a DRM version that is not cracked on piratebay,so no,it will not keep piracy forever.

fatee
fatee moderator

@experience_fade People go that site to BUY games - if you are insinuating pirating a 30 year old game was hard before GOG.com, you are mistaken.


Naylord
Naylord

@Lost-to-Apathy Often old games still get steam achievements and sometimes even trading cards or cloud saves.

poopinpat
poopinpat

@Lost-to-Apathy also GOG offers games that steam doesn't, like Heroes of Might and Magic 3 and countless other "Good Old Games".

Indy is more or less a recent development for GOG.  Its not their main focus.  Their main focus is too get games which are hard to find let alone getting them to run on your pc, into the customers hands with ease.

arqe
arqe

@WereCatf Not directed to @DeViLzzz  but people love buying / looking things they dont or will not use ever but  they can make Negative Comments about it ... This is human ego.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Dictatroll @enartloc He clearly meant mecha, but misspelt it. No way does he mean the city concidered sacred to muslims, he must mean robots instead.

experience_fade
experience_fade

@RC-Sev @experience_fade  GoG makes it infinitely easier, is my point, my fellow, three replying users.

Once the GoG version of a game is uploaded, boom: that version becomes pirated, and it's quite easy.

Understand that, half of the reason piracy isn't more rampant than it already is is because of the difficulty and complicated process of successfully completing it.

GoG removes that difficulty altogether. Yadig?

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

@Dictatroll It is the holiest place as far as the Muslim religion is concerned so people of the Muslim faith take a pilgrimage there all the time.  So yeah you have the right idea. 

Dictatroll
Dictatroll

@scatterbrain007 @Dictatroll Is it the city mecca where Muslims preform haj?

Does is it mean that because people come to that place and such?.

Kickable
Kickable

@experience_fade @numbes Getting rid of GOG altogether is not going to save any developer shutting down due to lost profits.  Their bad game will sink them at launch months if not years before it's on GOG.  The alternative is they can squeeze at least a little something from a distributor that has a happy customer base behind them.  And honestly all developers are counting on piracy anyway, a project does not go anywhere before making allowances for that because it isn't going to go away with or without GOG.

Gamesfetch
Gamesfetch

@numbes Yes few games like pirated GRID 2 can also be played on official servers

numbes
numbes

@Gamesfetch @koospetoors that is not a solid fact payday 2 official servers are playable with the cracked game as where several of the call of dutys

Gamesfetch
Gamesfetch

@koospetoors Also the fact that pirated games do not support multiplayer (official servers)

koospetoors
koospetoors

@experience_fade You're just seeing one small point of the whole picture though, lots of companies these days treat PC gamers like criminals (and the rest like dirt, money-making dirt)

GOG actually shows love to gamer community, by selling games DRM free (which for many people is a serious plus) along with tons of extra free goodies.

In a nutshell, they show a rare kind of respect towards gamers and in return gamers show respect towards them, meaning that yes, although there stuff is out there being pirated on torrent sites, lots of people will actually consider buying it instead. Heck I know lots of people who only pirate that even support GOG.

numbes
numbes

@arqe @numbes @experience_fade yeah but so can any other game be got through torrents that is no evidence that more people pirate a gog game than a skidrow or other group steam cracked game 

arqe
arqe

@numbes @experience_fadeNo evidence ?

You download extracted version of game from GOG and upload to a torrent. 

See its pirated already ...

numbes
numbes

@experience_fade @numbes your argument of drm free meaning more piracy there is no evidence for that and i do not believe it to be true 

experience_fade
experience_fade

@numbes  I'm not suggesting games are cracked "easily" -- at least not without GoG's help.

That's likely why they have to  "court" indie developers, because a DRM free copy of any title means more piracy.

There is still a game-by-game learning curve for piracy, for the most part. Many people find it too complicated, believe me.

GoG removes this complication, as I said. With GoG versions of games, it's as simple as installing the title, and that's it. Done deal.

numbes
numbes

@experience_fade @Gamesfetch @RC-Sev not many are for drm you even admit it will be cracked so how do you defend developers spending she loads of cash developing it rather than games when it will be cracked very quickly anyway

experience_fade
experience_fade

@Gamesfetch @RC-Sev @experience_fade Given that the game isn't out yet, and will be on a new, next gen console, I'd wager it won't be pirated for at least six months, give or take.

But make no mistake, there isn't one game on a 360 or PS3 that can't be pirated. 

enartloc
enartloc

@experience_fade @RC-Sev you are so hilarious man,you know how long a game stays uncracked on average?8 hours,that's it.You know what the crackers did when CDPR released both a drm and free drm versions of Witcher 2?They cracked the one that had protection,just for the lulz.Piracy is difficult?Then why are 99% of games pirated on the day they launch?