Gamer Network, the world’s leading network of independent video games websites and producer of the UK’s premiere video games events, today announced that immensely popular developer-driven database sites Mod DB and Indie DB are joining the network.
Starting 13 years ago in response to a need to organise the fledgling modding community, Mod DB is the world’s leading modding website – with over 29 million monthly pageviews – dedicated to supporting the independent development of mods, add-ons and downloadable content (DLC). As the site puts it, the aim of Mod DB is to “unite developers, players and their ideas, empowering them to shape the games we play”.
With increasing numbers of mod developers adding profiles to Mod DB to promote their indie games, Indie DB was created to provide a home for the growing indie game community. As the site puts it, the aim of Indie DB is to “connect independent developers of games with players, from the day they start developing their game to the day they release it”.
Both sites were established on the premise of user-generated content, with the content creators themselves being the driving force behind updates. On Indie DB, for example, developers have control of the site, allowing them to share details and behind the scenes insight about the games they are creating, in the form of news, images, videos and downloads. Almost all the site’s content is posted by the games’ creators. Perfectly complementing the editorial-based content of the rest of the network, Mod DB and Indie DB’s mission to empower developers to submit content has established two continuously growing and highly loyal communities.
The addition of Indie DB to the Gamer Network family bolsters the already world-class indie support the company provides. Gamers can stay up-to-date with indie games across the network of editorial sites – including RockPaperShotgun.com – then play the games at the indie-focussed EGX Rezzed event in the spring, plus the huge indie area of EGX in the autumn. In addition, Gamer Network’s in-house creative agency Gamer Creative and crowdfunded collector’s edition arm Gamer’s Edition heavily support independent developers by promoting their brands through advertising creative and merchandise.
“As a loyal reader of RockPaperShotgun.com and GamesIndustry.biz, I’ve long admired Gamer Network’s close relationship with gamers and developers”. Said Scott Reismanis, founder of Mod DB and Indie DB. “We’ve always worked hard to bridge that gap, and give creators a voice and community they can share their work on. This partnership allows us to focus on that aim, whilst working with a network that understands the needs of developers of all sizes”.
Rupert Loman, CEO of Gamer Network, added, “We’ve been fans of Mod DB and Indie DB for a long time so we’re delighted to welcome them to the Gamer Network family. The PC, indie and modding communities are at the forefront of our industry and as a company we’re committed to supporting their growth – we can’t wait to help develop the websites in partnership with Scott over the coming years”.
Mod DB is available at www.moddb.com
Indie DB can be reached at www.indiedb.com