Sony Announces Quarterly Indie Developer Events on July 25, 2013 by Luke Karmali
Sony has announced it will begin hosting quarterly indie developer events at its London offices later this year.
Develop reports that the events will be used as an opportunity to update developers about what changes are coming to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita platforms, as well as get feedback about the state of the PSN.
Though it'll be targeted at European developers due to the location, Sony has confirmed that the development community from around the world will be welcome should they wish to attend. There's no firm start date for the scheme, though if things can be organised in time there's a chance it may kick off in September.
We are seeing incredible numbers of new companies coming to the platform.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe senior account manager Agostino Simonetta explained, "You know we do these things very regularly with all our partners, but with the indie community, it is so vast and they are spread out, that it is hard for me to go and work with developer days in the Middle East.
"So while we do these things, we want to make sure it is that on a regular basis. With the great success we are having actually of indie developers registering, we are seeing incredible numbers of new companies coming to the platform. There is a real sense that PS4 - and Vita as well, PS3 still has a long life - that this is a great opportunity for them to come back to console.
"We are really accelerating and changing the way we approach this. So before was more of a narrow cast, now there is a real opportunity for us to go what I call broadcast - a lot more visibility to be able to answer the questions."
Regarding why Sony has decided now is the time to start the venture, Simonetta explained the huge influx of interest from indie developers warranted recognition.
"I can tell you I have been there for four years, and one of my colleagues has been in third-party relations for ten years, and we've never seen anything like this. And this is not just PS4, it applies to Vita and PS3 as well," he said.