Valve may have Steam Greenlight, but that's not discouraging Indie Game Mag from starting something similar. IndieGameStand, a new service set to launch September 26, places a real focus on the whole "indie" aspect.
This new rival will showcase "small or unusual" games, with a new one being shown every 96 hours -- or four days. Like what you see, and you can download the title for however much you're willing to pay. Sure, this means you can actually pick up indie games for free, but why be unreasonably stingy? After all, 10 percent of what you pay will go to a charity, determined by the game's developer.
Even when a game is rotated out of the spotlight, IndieGameStand will still provide product details and allow users to snag the game directly from its creators. The site hasn't revealed what games will be featured first, but over 50 indie developers have reportedly joined up, including Cipher Prime, Magical Time Bean, and Zachtronics Industries.
All games purchased from IndieGameStand will be DRM-free. Co-founder Mike Gnade remarks:
"We created IndieGameStand to put a spotlight on indie titles that provide fantastic experiences, but may have been passed over by the mainstream gaming public. This site is about supporting all of the fantastic and worthwhile indie developers out there."
Currently, the site is running an pre-launch promotion that awards users for registering on the site before September 26. Signing up on the site before launch day will earn you a free copy of the hand-drawn platformer Chester, developed by Brilliant Blue-G and previously released to Xbox LIVE Indie Games.
Incidentally, Chester was free on Steam just recently, as part of a Steam Greenlight promotion. Just yesterday, Valve announced the first ten games approved through Greenlight, including Black Mesa and No More Room in Hell.