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MS: We're not marginalising Indie Games

Platform holder defends 'speciality' classification of independent titles

Microsoft has dismissed concerns that the newly designed Xbox 360 dashboard marginalises independent games.


The latest interface update reorganises the Xbox 360 games marketplace into several categories, with the 'Games & Demos' section now housing Arcade Games, Games on Demand and Demos.

But Indie Games have been placed in a separate 'Specialty Shops' category, alongside Avatar Marketplace and Game Room, angering a number of independent developers.

But Microsoft insists the changes were the "best way" to give the service a full marketplace experience.

"Microsoft continues to support the efforts of independent game developers; we've updated the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace and to provide new ways for people to browse and sort indie games," read a statement issued to Digital Spy.

"You can now browse the top-rated, top-selling and most recent games by genre. You can also find indie games by 'best-selling today' and 'best-selling of all-time' on In addition, the Top Rated and Top Downloaded lists have grown from 20 games to 50, allowing for greater exposure of more indie games.

"We've also kept the Contest Finalists and the IGN Picks sections, so users can sort through titles in a number of different ways. The intent of the Speciality Shops section was to provide access to marketplaces that focus on a specific type of content, with unique ways of sorting through that content.

"We wanted to give Xbox Live Indie Games that full marketplace experience and felt this was the best place to do it, alongside other popular channels like the Avatar Marketplace. In fact, since the launch of Avatars, Xbox Live members have made more than 290 million customisations to their Avatar's clothing, so we expect many people to regularly visit the Speciality Shops section."

[ SOURCE: Digital Spy ]