Microsoft created the [email protected] program to enable qualified game developers of all sizes to self-publish their digital games on Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Live.
Having first been announced in August 2013, with the first batch of indie games released in 2014, [email protected] has assisted the publication of gaming gems including I Am Bread, Goat Simulator, Astroneer and INSIDE.
Yesterday, Director of [email protected] at Microsoft Chris Charla announced that more than 1,000 games are now under development by the program’s developers:
There are more than 1,000 games in development from @ID_Xbox developers. Pretty amazing! Excited to show off some new ones at GDC!
— Chris Charla (@iocat) February 24, 2017
A selection of the games in development will be featured by Microsoft at the Game Developers Conference 2017, to be held in San Francisco from February 27 to March 3.
Though GDC is geared more towards demonstrations between game developers, with less of an onus put on massive reveals of titles you’d see dropped at events such as E3, it does occasionally buck the trend with a taste of what’s new and exciting in the gaming world.
With the ever increasing standard of indie video games, Microsoft’s [email protected] program could give the gaming community something special to discuss over the coming weeks.