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Friday, October 6 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Farewell, Xbox Live Indie Games, 2008-2017: A Retrospective.

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The 2008 launch of Xbox Live Indie Games (initially 'Community Games') represented a major step in the democratization of access to the console gaming audience. For the first time, individual creators had a route to getting their homebrew games onto the leading games console. How did this come about and who benefited the most? What were the stand-out games and where did the leading creators move on to? As Microsoft prepares to shut down the platform once and for all, this panel explores the highs and lows of the XBLIG ecosystem from its rocky beginnings through to maturity and conclusion.

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Nathan Fouts

Starting in 1998 as designer and programmer on games including Resistance: Fall of Man and POSTAL 2, Nathan Fouts moved to full-time indie in 2007 founding Mommy’s Best Games. His games Shoot 1UP, Serious Sam DD XLL, and more have gibbed the hearts of fans and critics with their... Read More →
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Kellee Santiago

As President and Co-Founder of thatgamecompany from 2006-2012, Kellee Santiago developed one of the most prominent brands in independent and innovative game development, pushing the communicative possibilities of video games as a medium. She later took a position as Head of Developer... Read More →
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Ian Stocker

Ian has been working in the video games industry since 2002, starting out as a contract musician and sound designer specializing in handheld Nintendo platforms. He has worked on audio for over 40 GBA and DS titles, including The Sims, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Spore. In... Read More →
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Thomas Stone

I started DigitalDNA Games in 2009 after 15 years in the AAA games industry. I became aware of Xbox Live Indie Games when I was frustrated with my then current job, and I thought it would be a fun and creative distraction. My very first submission, an interactive screen saver named... Read More →

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