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Friday,October 18,2019


Open Source is Indie Game Developer's Best Friend

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Karthik Subramaniam develops games as a hobby. When he was a student, he independently developed a free 2D action game called 'Indian Commander'. This game was published in several web sites such as completelyfreesoftware.com, CNET's download.com and recorded more than 20,000 downloads. Karthik keeps a day job with an IT software services company, but spends most of his free time in evaluating open source game development tools and understanding the latest trends in game development. He closely follows the global game industry with specific focus on challenges and business models of independent game development.

Karthik recently spoke on ‘Becoming an Indie Game Developer’ at the India Game Developer Summit 2010 to an enthused audience of young game developers. Saltmarch Media decided to catch up with Karthik to get more information pertaining to his area of expertise.
During the course of the interview, we dwell upon various topics that revolve around Indie game development and Karthik's own plans to enter the game development industry in a few years as full time indie developer.
Speaking on the challenges that are faced by an indie game developer, especially in the areas of finance and marketing, Karthik explains how indie developers need to begin with targeting smaller platforms such as mobiles and use the revenue generated from those projects to fund their bigger ventures. He also swears by open source software and agrees with the statement that open source software is an indie game developer’s best friend. He believes entirely in the power of digital distribution and even cites examples of how even larger publishers are taking to digital distribution to deliver their products to larger audiences. He goes on to say that summits such as the India Game Developer Summit are ideal platforms for young developers to showcase their products and talent.
Karthik sees a lot of potential in the Indian game developer community and suggests a few minor changes that can get Indian developers to contest at the same level as global leaders in the industry. We are listening!
Click here to watch the full interview.

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