The Indie Arena is designed for independent game developers with some experience that are based in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. Additionally the community is also aimed at supporters of the indie scene to provide a direct exchange with the developers. If you are unsure if you fit, read on.
Independent means that you build games in creative autonomy. That doesn't mean you need to do this alone or that your team only does that. We also don't care if this is a hobby or you earn money with it but it's important to us that the games you make come from your heart.
Game developer means that you're involved with creating the game itself. If you're a game designer, coder, writer, visual or audio artist then that clearly applies to you. Disciplines like community management or producing are also very welcome.
Experienced means that you or your team has completed and released at least one game. We don't care how big or small the game is, as long as your own creative ideas can be seen in it. This is less about 20 years of professional experience but rather about you being familiar with game development.
The Indie Arena is also open to friends of the indie scene. If you're supporting the scene and you can help us reach our goals, let us know. We have event organisators, curators, journalists and other supporting forces in mind.
If you want to participate then simply send an email to admins. Please provide some information about you, your studio and your games. That way we can get a clearer picture of you and your skills. Please also take a look at the rules before you write your mail. We'll try to get back to you as soon as possible. Though in reality this might take some time since all of us are pretty busy building games...
In case the criteria above don't work for you, here's some pointers.
If you are new to game development, then the Indie Arena is not the best place to start. We provide only very little technical help. Instead we'd recommend you look for one of the many online forums for hobby developers.For example there's german-language ones like ZFX or Spieleprogammierer.de. We're sure that the people there can help you better than we could. And once you've built a game we'd be happy to welcome you here.
The Indie Arena supports and fosters independent game developers, which sometimes means we discuss sensitive matters - for which we have some closed channels. You can still get in touch with everyone via the public Discord server.
We're also open for cooperations with the Indie Arena itself. Please get in touch via e-mail. We're looking forward to hearing from you.
Every community needs a few rules. Here are ours:
This one's pretty self-explanatory.
As a member of the Indie Arena it's important that you always remain constructive. Bring your personal touch and your perspective, be open and direct but always be friendly.
Whoever attacks, taunts or insults other members, who posts inappropraite content or otherwise violates the goals of the forums will be publicly warned. A second warning brings with it a timed ban. A third warning leads to a permanent ban.