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Gunpoint finds pre-order success after 64 seconds

Gunpoint finds pre-order success after 64 seconds

Wed 19 Jun 2013 7:57am GMT / 3:57am EDT / 12:57am PDT

PC Gamer writer makes the move into games development

Indie game developer Tom Francis has not only recouped the development costs for his debut title Gunpoint, but made enough to quit his day job.

"About 1 minute and 4 seconds after Gunpoint became available for pre-order on the evening of Monday the 27th of May, it had recouped its development costs," said Francis.

"This was not entirely surprising, since the only direct development cost was buying Game Maker 8 for $30 three years ago."

The game went on sale June 3, and Francis announced his departure from his day job (as a writer with PC Gamer magazine) on June 12. He added that due to the success of Gunpoint he was now able to continue to make games independently and without creative restraints, and could continue to sell them the way he wanted to.

"I can afford to keep being nice. I didn't let anyone pay for Gunpoint until I was ready to put a free demo out, so everyone would have a way to make sure it ran OK on their system and that they liked it before giving me any money," he explained.

"I have no idea if and how much the pre-release demo hurt Gunpoint's sales, but it doesn't matter now - that's how I want to treat people, and the amazing support for Gunpoint means I can afford to."

GamesIndustry International will be publishing a full interview with Francis about his success next week.


Dave Herod
Senior Programmer

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"This was not entirely surprising, since the only direct development cost was buying Game Maker 8 for $30 three years ago."
You could argue that he's left out his own time working on it from the development costs, but if he was doing it in his spare time and having fun I guess it doesn't matter. It will matter when he takes it up full time though and has to pay his bills with it.

Posted:10 months ago


Anthony Gowland
Lead Designer

155 428 2.8
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Headline should be "man values hours of his life as literally worthless".

Posted:10 months ago


Tom Pickard
Lead Environment Artist - Campaign Map

308 382 1.2
Well done to him, This is an example of what can be achieved by people with passion.. I respect he worked hard on his project in his own time for no financial reward upfront.. Theres a good buzz around Gunpoint. You don't have to quit your job and risk everything to succede with an indie game, and now his future games can be funded by his investment in himself.

Posted:10 months ago


Nic Wechter
Senior Designer

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It is inspiring to see a talented individual directly reaping the rewards of his efforts, my hat goes off to him.

Posted:10 months ago


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