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Patreon's structure and culture assume free distribution of the creators' output. Collecting secondary revenue (e.g. unit sales, in-game ads) is not strictly prohibited, but may be seen as a violation of trust if not handled carefully. See More
Without the advance payment of a large lump sum of donations, creators are free from the associated commitment to the specific goals those donations were based on. This also reduces the need for exhaustive time and budget estimates, which can be daunting for new and inexperienced developers. See More
IndieDB isn't just a place where you can build hype for your game: it aims to be the definitive place where you should. Everything about the site's features and interface are designed to help devs present themselves, and to kindle user interest in new games. See More
Your game on IndieDB has a popularity ranking, but it considers only the past 24 hours, making it only good for noticing spikes in attention. Individual pages have hit counters, which can provide a more lasting record of interest but must be tracked and compared manually. See More
Desura and IndieDB were initially both operated by Desura Group, and shared a single user database. Linden Labs obtained Desura (only) in January 2014 and the sites' user bases are now split, but extensive crossover remains. Interest built through IndieDB can translate directly to sales on Desura. See More
Spontaneous endorsements from bloggers, reviewers and other developers can generate as much or more interest as any direct effort on your part. TIGSource is positioned as a community for indie developers, making it one of the best places to catch the eye of your peers. See More
No fees are applied to pledges because startups are required to pay $299/mo if they want to earn up to $500,000, or $999/mo to have unlimited access to investment. For small projects, this is expensive. However, other crowdfunding platforms charge around 5%, meaning that the fee applied $500,000 would be about $25,000 instead of $299. See More
The Concepts section of Greenlight allows incomplete projects to be put on display and receive feedback, including mock-voting as if they were full Greenlight submissions. This can be a valuable tool for refining design, presentation and marketing techniques. See More