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Making A Shoestring Budget Game For The Xbox One  November 18, 2019 – 07:42 am

Just last month Happion Labs launched Sixty Second Shooter Prime for the Xbox One through their ID@Xbox program.

Now, I’m one of the cheapest game developers I know. I’ve been indie for almost nine years now and am still in the red, so I’ve gotten to a point where I’m loathe to spend another penny. Add to that I really had no idea how a game on the Xbox One would sell. So I wasn’t even willing to hire an artist for Sixty Second Shooter Prime (which could very well have hurt sales a lot as my logo screens were made by, well, me) so you can figure that when I approached the project I was doing it just about as frugally as possible.

So how cheap is cheap?

You might think, since Microsoft is giving away their dev kits to early adopters of the ID@Xbox program, as long as you have no offices and pay everyone with rev share you could ship a game for just about nothing. But that’s not quite the case: let's look at how our costs broke down:

Maintaining the Sixty Second Shooter URL

19

Sending the second dev kit to
Brett Douville

63

Hardware (usb and video
cables and the like)

72

Video capture device (for
making trailer)

181

Localization (French,
Spanish, Italian, Portuguese)

729

E&O Insurance

2037

Foreign ratings boards (PEGI,
USK)

2042

Total

5143

So, about $5K. Not as cheap to make as a PC game - by a long shot.

What are those big expenses?

First: Errors & Omissions Insurance. Microsoft requires this; it’s in the contract. And it’s not just any E&O Insurance - it has to cover IP and copyright violations, so the cheap E&O Insurance you can easily find online doesn’t qualify. I went through an insurance broker (Parker, Smith, and Feek) and found the cheapest insurance that would qualify.

Source: www.gamedevblog.com



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