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Independent Games Summit: Demystifying Indie Publishing Offers

August Brown  (Senior Producer, Armor Games Studios)

Date: Tuesday, July 20

Time: 3:20pm - 4:20pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Independent Games

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I prefer to present live on-site but I am open to delivering a virtual presentation

After months of hard work pitching your game, a publisher has finally come back and said they want to give you an offer, yay! While this is incredibly exciting, a publishing offer will have deep ramifications for the life of the game and has (unfortunately) been relatively gated and not broadly discussed.
To shed some light on this process, this talk will go over the ins and outs of a typical indie publishing offer, complete with real-world examples taken from our own. This talk will start at the Publisher's terms sheet and touch on a variety of topics that surface during the negotiation process. This includes IP ownership, revenue share, recoupment, and helping bring more contract-focused topics to the term sheet level (such as building workable milestones and addressing what happens if things go sideways).


Attendees will walk away with a confident understanding of what they should be looking for in a publishing offer and terms sheet. The hope is that this knowledge will empower folks to come to the table knowing what is important to them.

Intended Audience

This talk will be especially helpful to any indie developers hoping to work with a publisher and want to feel confident walking into contract negotiations. No previous knowledge of publishing contracts is necessary and folks without it are most encouraged to attend.