Back in 2013 during Gamescom, Microsoft announced their plans to launch a self-publishing program for indie developers. The program was titled ID@Xbox and had plans to bring over 100 titles to the players through the program. In 2017 celebrations were held for releasing 500 titles on ID@Xbox with Cities: Skylines being the 500th. Now it’s time to celebrate once more.
As detailed today on Xbox Wire by Chris Charla, Senior Director of ID@Xbox, the program has now released 1,000 games. The program has been going for 5 years now and has since seen titles such as Cuphead, Inside, Stardew Valley, and hundreds more get through release. Charla said in his public letter:
“Before we announced the ID@Xbox program, we did a listening tour in 2012 with more than 50 developers to help us shape a program that really worked for developers. At the time, it felt like a lot of people! It’s almost surreal that we’re now looking at thousands of talented people working at more than 3,000 studios independently creating games for millions of players around the world on Xbox One and Windows 10 with the ID@Xbox program.”
More statistics were detailed in the blog post which you can find below.
- 4 Billion hours have been played.
- $1 billion has been made in digital revenue.
- Over 3,000 studios are currently creating games.
- 4 billion gamerscore points have been earned.
- 67 countries are involved
- 29 Xbox Games Preview titles have been released
- 1,600 games in active development
- 1,000 games have been released through ID@Xbox
It’s certainly an impressive bunch of figures and the program has helped indie developers get their projects released to the public. They also show no sign of stopping as more titles are still on the way, such as Harold Halibut, Below, and even Black Desert Online. You can view the digital graphic featuring the statistics below.