Generally, people love getting presents in the mail. It’s always a nice surprise to get a package from someone and exciting to open it up and see what’s inside. Over the past few years, an industry has emerged that ships monthly subscription boxes full of random (generally themed) goodies to millions of people every month. In our nerdy corner of the world, Loot Crate and Nerd Block are the two big names competing with one another. Though starting this May, a new subscription service called Indie Box is set to launch.
Each month, Indie Box celebrates the old days of gaming where buying a game involved opening the game’s box, pulling the game out and sorting through all the goodies that came along with the game.
“Opening the game box was an event in itself,” a promotion for Indie Box reads.”After eight months of development, we’re happy to announce we’ve launched Indie Box: independent games in a collector’s edition box delivered to your door every month.”
So subscribers can expect things like soundtrack CDs, posters, stickers, color manuals, and other things to be included in each month’s box. The game comes on a USB game cartridge, DRM-free for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Gamezebo spoke to Indie Box about how revenue from subscriptions is split between the game developers and Indie Box.
“We don’t ask for any additional work from the developers unless they want to volunteer ideas. We make sure that our developers are freed up to work on their games, not their product development with IndieBox. Our agreements always cover costs of the materials first, and then split the profit evenly. We believe in being fair, no matter what.”
Indie Box went on to tell us that while May is their first month of distribution (orders are now being taken), they have the next few months already planned out. Subscriptions to Indie Box are available in three pricing tiers: $19.99 for one month, $56.97 for three months, and $107.94 for six months. The first box is expected to ship in Mid-May.