Zeboyd sells more in a week on Steam than 18 months on XBLIG

Cthulhu Saves the World developer bundled RPGs for release

Developer Zeboyd Games has revealed its two RPG titles sold more on Steam in less than a week than they did in over 18 months on the Xbox Live Indie Games service.

Zeboyd released Cthulhu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII as a bundle on Valve's PC download service just recently, after making both games available over Microsoft's indie store on Xbox Live.

"We are pleased to announce that Zeboyd Games has already made more revenue in less than a week on Steam than we have in over a year and a half on the Xbox Live Indie Games service," said developer Robert Boyd.

Zeboyd Games was one of the first developers to speak publicly about vote rigging on Microsoft's indie service, suggesting it was far too easy to manipulate rankings and create more visbility for titles.

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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 9 years ago
Steam really is just nothing short of fantastic, I don't remember the last time I bought any game on the Xbox market in all honesty let alone the XBLIG. Can't wait for Bastion to make it on Steam.
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Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus9 years ago
It's all about eyeballs. Steam put those games front and centre on their front page. Meanwhile, I'd be willing to bet that half of Microsoft's gamer base literally doesn't know these are available on XBLIG.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 9 years ago
It's true they know how to give games more exposure, also Steam is just easier to use. And more flexibility like easy install/reinstall anywhere you go.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 9 years ago
Just read that linked story that on XBL you can vote for any product even if you haven't downloaded it... madness!! Have MS fixed it now, as it was reported nearly four months ago? Seems crazy that anyone would think that a user should be allowed to vote for anything they haven't bought or played; the system just seems ripe for manipulation.
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Shane Sweeney Academic 9 years ago
XBLIG is only available in a handful of countries.
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Thomas Würgler Staff writer, Geek Culture9 years ago
Lack of XBLIG is the reason for me buying it on Steam instead. Otherwise I would have played it on my 360. It's also the reason why I haven't bought Rock Band 3: There's no access to Rock Band Network which has all the tracks I'm interested in.

No amount of badgering the community people has resulted in news about roll-out of XBLIG, XNA or anything else to more territories. You'd think Microsoft just don't want the service to succeed.
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I'm curious, why do Indie developer's keep signing exclusivity deals? It seems to me that they don't have much to fall back on if their game isn't successful? And Microsoft seems to get a lot of flak for not being terribly supportive of indie games. I've always thought Steam would be the obvious place to go (or perhaps wait for Little Indie to start; I'm looking forward to seeing what they do.)
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