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Steam a lot more appealing than PSN or XBLA says Schafer

XBLA needs to be more open

Steam is a much more attractive platform to develop for than PSN or XBLA says Tim Schafer.

The Double Fine boss's comments were in response to a recent report by 2D Boy's Ron Carmel that looks at what platforms indie devs are working on and how indie games development is growing.

The report shows something that could prove quite alarming to Microsoft as it shows that the amount of developers choosing to work on XBLA declining while Steam, PSN, iOS, Android and even Mac are growing.

Schafer pointed out that the closed nature of PSN and XBLA make them much tougher to develop for than Steam.

He said, "We can put something up on the App Store pretty easily. We can put stuff up on Steam really easily. I like the Xbox and the PS3. I like Sony and Microsoft, but those systems are closed and curated very closely and it costs a lot more money to go through that system, to patch a game. It makes me stressed out that if I put a game up there, I might not be able to patch it because it might cost too much money, whereas these more open platforms will let us manage our own price and our own updates. It's just a lot more appealing right now."

Thanks IndustryGamers.

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