As many of you know by now, I’m always keen to champion the Xbox Live Indie Games scene. Admittedly you have to wade through some real crap but it’s finding that hidden gem for 80 Microsoft points that makes it all the more worthwhile for me.
Over the last twelve months there have been a few welcome improvements such as Avatar support, an entirely new name, and new pricing structures, so I was very interested to read Major Nelson’s Top 20 XBL Indie games for 2009. Thanks to the official XNA forums, many of the developers also went on to list the sales data for their games over the year, and GamerBytes were able to work out the bigger picture. This lead to headlines such as “Xbox Live Indie games earn six figures” which is fantastic, but under closer inspection it’s not as black and white as the headlines would have us believe. (more…)