ID@Xbox's 6-Part Showcase Spotlights Indies That Would've Been at GDC 2020

ID@Xbox's 6-Part Showcase Spotlights Indies That Would've Been at GDC 2020

It's sort of like a bunch of tiny Nintendo Indie World videos all released at once.

The annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) is a chance for creators to connect with one another, share knowledge, and forge business relationships that can help a game go from idea to reality. With GDC 2020 postponed, lots of developers missed out on these opportunities at a vital point in their development cycles and, since the event also reaches press and fans, a chance to promote their work. At least for indies in Microsoft's ID@Xbox program, a new opportunity has come along: the ID@Xbox Spotlight.

"Given the global situation right now, of course, we're not able to show off games to press and players in person," reads the announcement from Microsoft. "[W]e're excited to announce a new series of videos on the ID@Xbox YouTube Channel that will highlight independent developers–ID@Xbox Spotlight."

Microsoft is launching the Spotlight series with 6 videos, each featuring some indies coming to Xbox and/or PC that could benefit from the exposure of GDC or other festivals. There are also some announcements in the mix: for instance, Xalavier Nelson Jr's An Airport For Aliens Currently Run By Dogs and Goblinz Studio's Legend of Keepers are now coming to the Xbox One.

Presentation-wise, the Spotlight videos are similar to Nintendo's Indie World Showcase reels: not so much a parade of trailers and as it is gameplay footage with developer narration. Each Spotlight installment covers 6 games, so there are 36 indies putting their best foot forward in total.

This sounds like it'll be the start of a new format for at least some of Microsoft's ID@Xbox presentations moving forward. With Microsoft planning a digital event in place of its annual E3 press conference due to the pandemic, these Spotlight videos may also give us a sense of what that Series X-focused showcase will look like.

To see all 6 videos, head over to Microsoft's official ID@Xbox news post.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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