Sony waives $99 fee for PS Mobile devs

PlayStation maker "throwing down the gauntlet" by removing publisher license fee until September.

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Sony today announced that it will waive the $99 PlayStation Mobile publisher license fee for the summer, allowing developers to create games for the PlayStation Vita or any other certified device for free.

"This summer, we're throwing down the gauntlet for PlayStation Mobile development and are removing any existing barriers to get your brainchild of a game on this new PlayStation platform," senior manager of mobile content acquisition Sarah Thomson said in a statement.

The PlayStation Mobile publisher license is required for distributing games through the PlayStation Store. It is also needed for debugging and testing games.

Developers can obtain a license for free through the PlayStation Mobile dev portal beginning today. The promotion ends September 2, though Sony said the duration of the fee waiver is subject to change.

PlayStation Mobile launched during October 2012. More information about the platform can be found at its official website.

Discussion

62 comments
100proofsoco
100proofsoco

was a hundred bucks really holding people back?!

farcorners
farcorners

hopefully it will be more like LOTR and not a travesty of cartoonlike humour.

zowbaid
zowbaid

Wow, brave move by Sony.

blackace
blackace

Desperation at it's finest.

decoy1978
decoy1978

Does Nintendo also charge a fee for devs developing for their handheld? 


rmiller365
rmiller365

This is great. some of the most interesting level designs i've played this generation where fan created content in Little Big Planet. 

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

thats cool. sony really wants to expand their handheld and mobile gaming. don't know how well this is going to work but i guess thats cool

hadlee73
hadlee73

This is an interesting strategy for Sony that has me intrigued. They are basically throwing the doors open to devs, and shouting, "Come! Join us!" (you can imagine that in an evil voice if you want, lol). Think of it what you will, but it will be interesting to see if this strategy works. Because if it doesn't, you can almost guarantee no large company will ever try it again.

PacoTaco
PacoTaco

Sadly, it takes quite awhile to make most quality games.  So this really benefits devs with something close to release...or the same type of fools who dropped loads of crap games on the Wii when it came out. 

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Well well, Sony really ARE learning!

Emoboii93
Emoboii93

The osbourne effect is taking place. It makes more sense to invest in a Wii U at that price given the longevity of the consoles in comparison.

Chris_Watters
Chris_Watters moderator staff

Can you "throw down the gauntlet" and "remove any existing barriers" at the same time? Clash of the Metaphors!

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

This is great news. Sony is on a roll when it comes to the indie devs and they're the future.

Shielder7
Shielder7

In other words Sony's saying "please make games for us"

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

I think anything that removes (perceived) barriers to developing or publishing games is to be applauded.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Personally, I think some sort of a wall is a good thing.  That fee is investing in yourself and if that $100 was too risky a wager to take... I mean, that says a lot.  Anyways, I doubt this will do much.  $99 is nothing to anyone even remotely serious so I doubt it gets more people developing games to completion (to completion is the key) for the platform who weren't already there.

Halloll
Halloll

talent aside ,now all of us are licensed game devs!

WhiteStormy
WhiteStormy

PlayStation Mobile is a joke.  What happened to being able to play PS1 games on PS Certified devices?

shingui5
shingui5

i'd like a waiving of the fee across all PSN items, helping indie devs on whatever playstation platform they choose. 

can't get everything though, can we? 

ItchyIsVegeta
ItchyIsVegeta

I heard on Gamebreaker I think it was that even though the Vita isn't that popular of a system in comparison, indie developers have been making the most money on it; because it has actual controls to develop for, and the lack of major titles helps make the indie games more appealing.  Sounds like the indie games are what is keeping the Vita alive, and Sony is recognizing this. 

Mendax2013
Mendax2013

SONY good for games, good for gamers, good for devs, good for the INDUSTRY!

smtgfx
smtgfx

That is great news. I have to give PROPS to Sony. NOW support Indie developers. Supply us with the right info, free engines and no fee for publishing. this is the only way we can sick it to XBOX!!!! 

gamist
gamist

For those who think $99 is not a lot. You're kidding right? For the unemployed and college students, $99 is a lot. Unless you're dependent on your rich parents. With $99 I would spend that on food or other expenses for my team.

Sefrix
Sefrix

That's actually really awesome. Get on it developers! 

adroge1
adroge1

I didn't realize that PS mobile devices were still being sold. Sony needs to do this for the Vita - and by that, release the full dev kit. Not the watered down PS mobile dev kit.

twisted_outlaw
twisted_outlaw

HEY SONY!!! All we need is a killer MP app from you!!!!! How about bring back SOCOM II!?!?!?!?!?!?!

MrNachobro
MrNachobro

Sony is making all the right moves at all the right times. Even if $99 is insignificant, you cant say this isnt an overall win for the gaming industry. 

Ovirew
Ovirew

It would be nice if Sony did something to attract developers to making games for the Vita itself.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

I think people need to realize this is more for indie developers, like you know when you go to xbox live store and see these cheap indie games, than it is for major developers.

barrybarryk
barrybarryk

Isn't Playstation Mobile their me too android store?
I doubt they'll be sending anyone free Vita dev kits or SDKs

krbrown10
krbrown10

I'm sorry, but who is like:

"Man, I really really want to make my game for the Vita, but I just can't get that last $99 for the license fee.  Well, I guess I won't make my game then. *sad face*"

surferosh
surferosh

@rmiller365 

i am eagerly waiting for Media Molecule's next game on the Vita - called Tearaway.. 

GameYakuza
GameYakuza

@Emoboii93care to explain what the osbourne effect has to do with this? besides, the WiiU is the total opposite, with the fees making it almost impossible for indie devs to make money.

kohle36
kohle36

@Chris_Watters  

I challenge you to a duel! I demand satisfaction!

No really, just go right ahead. After you, I insist.

smtgfx
smtgfx

@adroge1 - I agree with you man. Sony should go the extra mile and provide the tools and knowledge to develop a proper game. 

The future rests in hands of dev groups not big budget developers.

aldronlin
aldronlin

@adroge1  you need to read again, is for mobile and Vita game deve.

aldronlin
aldronlin

@krbrown10 believe or not, $99 is a big deal for an indie developer, guys that might be working on games on the side, or in their own garage, every penny counts.  What you are referring is the big gaming studio, which $99 means nothing to them.  

pcty
pcty

@krbrown10 you are probably right this is a just a move to improve their image as indie supporters but on the other side you can't really say that cutting down a fee is a bad thing.

WhiteStormy
WhiteStormy

@deathblow3 @WhiteStormy This is news to me.  I'm not talking about on the Vita.  I have an Expiria phone and the Playstation Mobile app only has their crappy mobile games, but no PS1 games like they originally said it would.

EmperorSupreme
EmperorSupreme

@krbrown10 @aldronlin 

I don't think it's a big deal, but it could be the difference between someone saying... I've got an idea for a game, to actually making a game since they have nothing to lose.

pcty
pcty

@krbrown10 It is like $99 more to the developer they can buy like 5 used games to thier collection!