Humble beginnings: Where do game developers get their start?

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It goes without saying that Steam is the leading website for gamers to find PC games. However, not every PC game started out on Steam. In fact, it can be quite a process for developers to get their games to be available on Steam. It has to go through an approval process to be able to be sold on Steam.

So, where do game developers like these get their start in the PC gaming industry? The answer is websites like Gamejolt and Itch.io.

These two are the most popular and favored websites besides Steam, and are the sites that most developers release their games at until they are approved for Steam. There are many reasons why these two websites are the favorites for many gamers and developers alike.

Itch.io has always b een a site for smaller indie games to be released, and has always had its own original style about it. This site offers great opportunities for customization and creativity. For example, with each game a developer releases, the game’s page is able to be customized to suit its own style. This is something that has always made Itch.io stand out from the rest. One game that started on Itch.io and rose to fame was Sara is Missing.’This horror simulation game was all about going through a girl named Sara’s phone and trying to locate her after she goes missing. This game is also available on the Google Play store, and has been played by different popular YouTubers such as Jacksepticeye and Markiplier.

Another website that has given many developers the boost they needed to make it big is Gamejolt. This site is a bit more well-known than Itch.io, but they have both had equal amounts of success with their featured games. An example of a game that has been very successful and had a start on Gamejolt is Bendy and the Ink Machine. This game started as a small indie horror title, and soon after exploded in popularity. Not long after, it was approved for Steam and even has merchandise coming out in the near future.

Websites like these are where game developers get their start to work their way up to bigger platforms like Steam. The best part is that anyone is allowed to post on Gamejolt and Itch.io. This way, anyone has a fair chance of making it to Steam and being successful. Their have been some games that have risen to stardom from sites like these, and others surely will come in the future. Having a small start on Gamejolt, Itch.io, or another site similar to this can make the game even better when it becomes famous and well-known in the gaming world.

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Madison Houston

Video gaming and entertainment journalist Madison Houston is owner of Maddy Times. Longtime horror fan and gamer.

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