Simon Carless's Blog
Simon Carless [LinkedIn] has been working in and around the video game industry for over two decades. He’s passionate about games, art, people, and bringing amazing creative endeavors to light via discoverability and curation.
Simon is the founder of GameDiscoverCo and runs the popular GameDiscoverCo game discovery newsletter, a regular look at how people discover and buy video games in the 2020s, and how your games could sell better.
He’s most known for his role helping to shape the Game Developers Conference and the Independent Games Festival for the past 15 years. He was also the co-founder & advisor for the Independent Games Summit at GDC and the person behind 2019’s GDC Game Discoverability Summit.
Simon is also an investor and partner in indie game publisher No More Robots, which has published notable independent & PC console games including Yes, Your Grace, Hypnospace Outlaw, Descenders & Not Tonight.
What's the best way to see the regional breakdown of Steam interesting and wishlists before launch? This, plus lots more, in our latest round-up.
Ah, look, Valve has released its plans for a Steam-related handheld. What's all that about, then? We look into the announce and what is means for platforms...
How can games that don’t hew to today’s discoverability ideals actually get alone and do well in the market? Maybe we need a new business model for this...
A look at some controversial views on indie publishers, the latest public contract in the game publisher space, and lots more besides.
Sometimes, as a game’s creator and ‘the little guy’, you feel helpless in the face of ‘the big guy’. So let's talk about game platforms, and what devs need from them!
It’s time for a deeper dive into the sleeper success of SNKRX, the "arcade shooter roguelite where you control a snake of heroes that automatically attack nearby enemies."
Simon Carless's Comments
[Blog - 11/22/2020 - 11:00]
That 's true Although it ...
That 's true Although it 's 25 in a weird abstract way, because the coin rebate might or might not be spent on your games I bet for cheap/90 off games, a LOT of the spending is 'free money ' via coins. Relatedly: I don 't think we 've even ...
[Blog - 08/17/2020 - 05:05]
Thanks, I missed/failed to fully ...
Thanks, I missed/failed to fully understand this because all the companies I deal with are in the U.S. or the U.K. and have updated the story to reflect this - and will mention in my next newsletter. Appreciate it.
[Blog - 07/19/2020 - 10:04]
Yep, I 'm planning to ...
Yep, I 'm planning to look at this at some point too But can be done without surveying people. It definitely helps for pre-release games.
[Blog - 06/18/2020 - 10:36]
[Blog - 06/01/2020 - 04:35]
It 's definitely an extreme ...
It 's definitely an extreme approximation. But it evens out the problem that the eShop ranks by units, and units are not a good approximation of revenue as much as 50x difference between the costs of some of these games , so that 's really helpful.
[Blog - 02/26/2020 - 06:41]
BTW I don 't know ...
BTW I don 't know that 10 is THAT high for Steam Early Access games, some games just get refunded at very different levels. Also, China as a country seems to refund at greater levels than the rest of the world. I 've seen Early Access games that approach 20 ...