Indie Games Uprising

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Indie Games Uprising
GenreVideo game development
InauguratedDecember 2010
WebsiteEvent website

The Indie Games Uprising is a developer led event designed to promote the "best of the best" Xbox Live Indie Games.[1] The promotion was originally conceived by Robert Boyd of Zeboyd Games and Ian Stocker of MagicalTimeBean, when they noticed that they both had games coming out in the same time frame.[2]


Indie Games Winter Uprising[edit]

The first Indie Games Uprising launched in December 2010. The promotion was curated by developers Robert Boyd and Ian Stocker. Notable releases include Cthulhu Saves the World, Soulcaster II, Decimation X3 by Xona Games, and ZP2KX: Zombies & Pterodactyls! by Ska Studios. Boyd reported "spotty results" from the promotion, and cited developer's inability to set release dates on their games as a major issue.[3] Shortly after the promotion, Microsoft allowed developers to select release dates for their games.[4]

Indie Games Summer Uprising[edit]

Journalist Dave Voyles and Indie Games Winter Uprising developer Kris Steele of Fun Infused Games coordinated the second Indie Games Uprising. The Indie Games Summer Uprising opened up game submissions to the public, and were then narrowed down through rounds of voting.[5] The Summer Uprising launched on August 22, 2011 and released one title daily from Monday through Friday.[6] While developers reported a varying range of sales, Cute Things Dying Violently sold over 10,000 copies in its first month of release.[7]

Indie Games Uprising III[edit]

The Indie Games Uprising III, scheduled to start on September 10, 2012,[8] was curated by developer Michael Hicks and Summer Uprising coordinator Dave Voyles. Hicks expressed his interest in another promotion after he noticed a number of "exciting" games would be released around the same time as his own title Sententia.[9] Notable games include Gateways by the creator of The Adventures of Shuggy, and qrth-phyl from hermitgames, developer of the critically acclaimed Leave Home.[10][11]

Indie Games Uprising Tribute[edit]

Launched on September 28, 2015, the Uprising aimed to highlight developers who started their career on Xbox Live Indie Games or gained something from publishing on the channel. Multiple games from previous Uprisings are featured, along with former XBLIG developers that are working on new projects for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U.[12]

List of games[edit]

Promotion Game Developer
Winter Uprising Soulcaster 2 MagicalTimeBean
Cthulhu Saves the World Zeboyd Games
Radiangames Crossfire 2 Radiangames
Chu's Dynasty Tribetoy
Alpha Squad Dragon Divide
Epic Dungeon eyehook
Break Limit Xalterax
Decimation X3 Xona Games
Asteroids Do Concern Me Evil Robot Logic
Hypership Out of Control Fun Infused Games
Aphelion Episode Two: Wings of Omega lunatic studios
ZP2KX: Zombies & Pterodactyls! Ska Studios
Ubergridder Zendarion
Rickenbacker vs. the Aliens Smokinskull
Summer Uprising Raventhorne Milkstone Studios
Battle High: San Bruno Mattrified
Cute Things Dying Violently ApathyWorks
SpeedRunner HD DoubleDutch Games
Take Arms Discord Games
T.E.C. 3001 Phoenix Game Studio
Train Frontier Express Team Train Frontier
Doom and Destiny Heartbit Interactive
Chester Brilliant Blue-G
Redd: The Lost Temple Blazing Forge Games
Uprising III qrth-phyl hermitgames
Sententia MichaelArts
Diehard Dungeon tricktale
Gateways Smudged Cat Games
Smooth Operators Andreas Heydeck
Entropy Autotivity
City Tuesday Chris Zukowski
Xenominer Gristmill Studios
Pixel Ratchet Game Studios


Though not officially involved, Microsoft has supported the Indie Games Uprisings with front page dashboard promotions on Xbox Live.[13]


  1. ^ "XBLIG Indie Uprising III beings in September". Official Xbox Magazine. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  2. ^ "The Winter Games Uprising is coming". MagicalTimeBean.
  3. ^ "Boyd: Spotty Results For XBL Indie Games Winter Uprising Promotion". Gamasutra.
  4. ^ "XBLIG Developer Can Now Choose Their Release Date". Armless Octopus. Archived from the original on 2016-12-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "XBL Indie Games Uprising returns this summer, taking submissions". Joystiq.
  6. ^ "Indie Games Summer Uprising Schedules Its Releases". Indie Games Summer Uprising Schedules Its Releases. Kotaku.
  7. ^ "Cute Things Dying Violently Post-Mortem". ApathyWorks.
  8. ^ "Xbox Live Indie Game Devs Ready For Third Uprising". GameInformer.
  9. ^ "Uprising III". XBLIG Forums.
  10. ^ "50 Best Indie Games. Official Xbox Magazine UK". 50 Best Indie Games. Official Xbox Magazine UK.
  11. ^ Stuart, Keith (January 26, 2010). "Back to the bedroom: how indie gaming is reviving the Britsoft spirit". Back to the bedroom: how indie gaming is reviving the Britsoft spirit. London: The Guardian.
  12. ^ "XBLIG Tribute". Indie Games Uprising. Archived from the original on 2017-10-17. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  13. ^ "Indie game developers look to Steam on the PC — instead of Xbox Live — for commercial success". VentureBeat.

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