It's all fun and games, that is until a major association throws its weight around and tells everyone that your game sucks. That's basically what the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is doing to Amazon. In an open advisory about Amazon's Appstore distribution terms, the IGDA said it "applauds Amazon's efforts to build a more dynamic app marketplace," but voiced "significant concerns about Amazon's current Appstore distribution terms and the negative impact they may have on the game development community." What exactly has the IGDA so riled up?
A number of things, really. One of the complaints the IGDA has is that Amazon reserves the right to control the price of games, as well as the right to pay 'the greater of 70 percent of the purchase price or 20 percent of the List Price.'
"While many other retailers, both physical and digital, also exert control over the price of products in their markets, we are not aware of any other retailer having a formal policy of paying a supplier just 20 percent of the supplier's minimum list price without the supplier's permission."
The IGDA also takes issue with Amazon dictating that developers cannot set their list price above the list list price 'available or previously available on any Similar Service.' So what's the big deal? According to the IGDA, "if you want to sell your content anywhere else, you cannot prevent Amazon from slashing the price of your game by setting a high list price. And if you ever conduct even a temporary price promotion in another market, you must permanently lower your list price in Amazon's market."
The IGDA had a lot more to say on the matter, which you can read here .
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