Today I get to make a really exciting announcement that I’ve been wanting to blurt out for a while: IGM and hitbox (stylized with a lowercase “h”) have come to a partnership arrangement to help springboard indie streaming into the spotlight. We love the success that indies are finding thanks to the Lets Play community, and IGM has long planned to break out into more multimedia programming/content, so this partnership comes at exactly the right time for us.
On the hitbox side of things, we’re very impressed by the support they’ve shown the streamer community in general, and of their plans for the very-near future. What’s even more exciting is their commitment to the indie game scene – having realized just how important indies are to the gaming industry as a whole – and the amount of promotional support they’re willing to put behind us. In exchange, hitbox will be the exclusive stream partner of IGM, so you’ll find all of our live content and event coverage on the official Indie Game Magazine channel: http://www.hitbox.tv/IndieGameMagazine
“The indie games scene is one of the most creative forces in today’s gaming landscape. Oftentimes backed with the help of crowdfunding sites, developed with passion, and more often than not in the sparetime and driven by a very strong community focus,” said Martin Klimscha, CEO of hitbox. “Both IGM and hitbox work as a central hub for the community, making this partnership a perfect fit.”
In terms of content, IGM recently joined forces with Average Gamer and MightBeGiant to present the Average Giants webcast. Every Monday night at 9:00pm EDT, we’ll play indie games live on stream while speaking with the game’s development team and taking a few questions from the audience. The show will also exclusively host the hitbox “Indie Game Challenge”, a weekly challenge that encourages the hitbox stream community to participate in a variety of stream-related activities, such as creating highlight clips from the featured game of the week. In addition to this weekly webcast, IGM plans to introduce a weekly IGM Plays series, a news-focused podcast, and a more casual weekly series where members of our staff enjoy a multiplayer game for a night of laid-back fun.
This partnership comes just as IGM prepares to kick our multimedia division into high gear, beginning with our April 1 Magazine Relaunch event; a 24-hour Marathon stream playing sponsored games that early adopter Magazine subscribers will then receive as a “Thank You!” for their support. (While supplies last.) We hope to see everyone there!
Lastly, IGM will be hosting a hitbox Team page for indie game streamers serious about promoting the scene. Our Indie Armada StreamTeam will be dedicated to providing quality stream content in support of the game dev and indie game communities. Streamers selected to be a part of the team will have IGM’s promotional support moving forward. There are exciting times ahead for the stream community, and IGM is happy to be a part of it!