The Indie Megabooth or IMB, founded by Kelly Wallick in 2012, was created to solve a problem. Small indies were having a hard time getting noticed at PAX compared to larger games with space on the expo floor; pool dozens of indies together in one space, though, and people have to take notice.
Now, with industry events postponed or canceled for the foreseeable future because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IMB is hitting pause. "After nine years of working on and building the IMB, it was a difficult and disappointing decision to make," writes Wallick. "Realistically though, we're a very small team and this situation is bigger than us. Our primary focus right now is to stay healthy and safe through the COVID-19 situation as it's unfolding."
The Indie Megabooth team will officially wind down operations next month after an already planned Steam sale, now being called the "Going Away (for now) Sale." Starting on May 5, over 100 "old and new favorite IMB titles" will be discounted, and at the end of the week-long sale each developer will choose how much revenue it wishes to share with the IMB.
For those who want to support the IMB directly, they've set up a PayPal donation link. The funds collected through the sale and donations will "be used to wrap up our financial obligations, set aside some money for maintenance and help support the transition."
Wallick promises that the Alumni list, mailing list, Discord channel, and the IMB's various social media channels will stick around during the hiatus. "I've poured my heart and soul into building this and am constantly humbled and honored by our community and the games industry which has been so welcoming and supportive," she writes. "It's been an incredible journey, and I can't believe that any of this was even possible in the first place. Let alone for nine years!!"
Recently, the IMB compiled a list of some favorite multiplayer titles from past Megabooth shows for good ways to pass the time and stay connected while practicing social distancing. Some of them will surely be included in the "Going Away (for now) Sale" next month, and hopefully, we'll be seeing good news from the IMB and its numerous indie partners sooner rather than later.