Itch.io

Pay-What-You-Want Indie Game Store

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#4 Product of the DayDecember 28, 2013
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leaf corcoran
leaf corcoran@moonscript
Hello, I wrote itch.io. Feel free to ask me anything.
leaf corcoran
leaf corcoran@moonscript
The biggest motivator was that there was nothing simple that allowed you to host a game without a bunch of crap on the page. When I originally conceived the idea it was a quick way to make homepages for games where the game is the focus. I soon realized I could append a buy button to the page and get a complete storefront. I looked through PayPal's API (I now support Amazon Payments and Stripe BTW) and realized I could add a pretty solid system without any obnoxious limitations about being paid: delayed payments, having to hit a minimum amount, having to be approved. Thus I gave game developers a platform to instantly sell their game. All the people I have spoken to have told me that itch.io is the quickest and simplest storefront to sell a game on. My long term goal might sound ambitious but I'd like to eventually host all games. I say this because I'm not trying to build a traditional storefront but rather a place to build game pages that happens to support purchasing. Free downloadable games and web games already make up a large portion of the games on the site. You'll never see content generated by people other than the developers on a game page unless they manually place it there. So itch.io is just a quick and easy way to create the page which you'd be proud to call the homepage of your game (well, ideally, still refining the page designer!)
Ryan HooverHunterPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
I'm a big fan of what Humble Bundle (http://humblebundle.com/) has done with indie gaming (and has since expanded to other media like books). I'm curious to see how this progresses.
Ryan HooverHunterPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Hey, @moonscript! Welcome. In your blog post you described your distaste for some of the existing indie game distro platforms but what motivated you to build itch.io? What are you long term plans with the site?
Ryan HooverHunterPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Nice, @moonscript! What's your favorite game(s) on the site right now?