Quick Note

This resource page hasn’t been updated in over a year. Content may be outdated and is certainly incomplete. I leave it online as is because it’s frequently visited and does serve as a good starting point for further research.

The List

This is my annotated link list of everything that is helpful in answering the question: how to become an Indie Game Developer? It includes war stories, links to sites where you can upload games, e-business, legal, free assets, game development techniques, and more. I’m irregularly updating it whenever I learn something new as part of my “research project”. Will i ever go indie? Do i have what it takes? Can i make a living on creating indie computer games? Well, that’s what i’m trying to find out, too…

Please excuse the sloppy layout of this page. This is basically a reference for me, sort of an enhanced and shared bookmark list. I don’t put much effort in it right now other than adding more links. Once i’ve learned which resources are truely great and useful and when i have quite a bit of free time to waste i’ll eventually improve the layout and content of these pages, just like my Scrum pages over here.

But first off, here’s a great motivational video to get you started: “Seriously, stop watching f**king Lost!”

Last Update: February 23, 2010

Start here: The Indie Developer’s Guide

Success (or failure) Stories and opinion pieces (aka blog/forum posts):

E-Commerce & Software Submission & Sponsorship, Marketing

Indie Game Development & where to meet Indie Game Developers

Indie Game Tools

    • Indie Game Tools – i think this deserves it’s own category. On this site you get a list of tools of any category often used by Indie Game Developers. More importantly you can vote for your favorite tools and see what others recommend. However i’d take the votes with a huge grain of salt as some tools may be overrated or underrated depending on their respective community or simply based on the fact that an engine is free compared to a commercial one like Unity but without considering that you may get the engine for free but no tools to work with while something like Unity is so much more than an engine. I would even say Unity is worth it’s money exactly because of it’s strong tools and asset pipeline.

Game Engines

Server Technology



Starting Point for Digital Distribution Research:

List of potential Digital Distributors:

Additional indie game dev links:

Oh, you made it all the way down here? Ok then please leave me a comment. I’d appreciate a “well done” or “me was here” or another link i’ve been missing out on or any of your thoughts on indie game development in general or even something specific maybe?

17 Responses to Indie Resources

  1. Sundar says:

    Great Collection of Links.Thanks

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  3. Schmoo says:

    Me was here!

    Anything specific to web-based indie games on the horizon? I’m just about to start thinking it over properly and haven’t found anything that wasn’t aimed at stand-alones…

  4. steffenj says:

    Actually yes, but it’s just an engine for now: PushButton Engine (Flash Engine, Open Source, from the developers who birthed Torque & GarageGames)

    I have ignored the web games so far but i definetely need to dig deeper into this. Also, the Unity Engine can also publish to web but requires download/installation of the Unity WebPlayer.

  5. Lazzyboy says:

    It’s an impressive list… Thanks a lot…

  6. Luna says:

    Great resources, just thought I’d send one along that I didn’t see listed here for digital distributors:

  7. Mathieu says:

    Shameless advertisement:
    You can found some game content packs on our website http://www.frogames.net

    There’s also some nice Twitter accounts to follow for indies.

  8. David says:


    Thank you very much for all these links!

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  10. Brad Parks says:

    Nice job on these links! I see you on the Cocos2d forums, and made my way over here, and man… You’ve got some links! Thanks again and good luck with your game!

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  15. PC says:

    Good article. I would also recommend checking out facebook page for indie game developers

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