About Indie Fund

What is Indie Fund?

Indie Fund is a funding source for independent developers, created by a group of successful indies looking to encourage the next wave of game developers. It was established as a serious alternative to the traditional publisher funding model. Our aim is to support the growth of games as a medium by helping indie developers get (and stay) financially independent.

Indie Fund is structured like an investment syndicate. That means, for each project we invest in, each investor chooses for themselves if they'd like to participate or not, and if they want to participate then how much money they want to invest.

Please note: Indie Fund is an investment syndicate, not a publisher. We can't offer marketing or PR support and we can't publish your game for you.

Why Indie Fund?

Details about the need for Indie Fund and the rationale behind it were shared at the Game Developers Conference 2010s in the talk titled Indies and Publishers: Fixing a System that Never Worked.

How does it work?

Here’s a quick summary of how our funding works:

Flexible budget, no milestones

We start out with your best guess for the budget and pay that out in two chunks: one after signing, the other when the first is close to running out. If more funding is required, or if less funding is required, we can adjust the second payment.

Repayment

Once the game is released, you first pay back the investment and then share 25% of the revenue, until we double the initial investment, or until 2 years after the initial launch date, whichever comes first.

No long term obligations

If the game did not generate enough revenue to repay the investment within 2 years of release, the agreement expires and you no longer owe Indie Fund anything. Whatever revenue your game generates from that point on is yours to keep. If the game does generate enough revenue to repay the investment the agreement could expire even sooner leaving 100% of the revenue to you.

Want to Check Out the Contract?

Click here to read & download all of the terms of the current Indie Fund agreement, available for the public.

Want to apply for funding?

Great! Now that you have a good picture on how Indie Fund works, you can head over to our application page to get started.

Who is Indie Fund?

Indie Fund is a collective of individual investors. Here are our investors in alphabetical order:

Aaron Isaksen

Director of ML Engineering at

ASAPP

Adam Saltsman

Co-Founder & Director at

Finji

Adriaan de Jongh

Game Designer

Andy Schatz

Director at

Pocketwatch Games

Ben Newhouse

STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS & ACQUISITIONS at

Advance

Clemens Scott

Co-Founder & Creative Director at

Broken Rules

Cliff Harris

Founder & Director at

Positech Games

Dan Adelman

Founder at

Leadman Games

Gil Carmel

Software Engineer

Jared Yeager

Executive Producer at

FoxNext Games

Jeffrey Rosen

Co-Founder at

Humble Bundle

John Bizzarro

Senior Software Engineer at

Mental Canvas

John Graham

Co-Founder at

Humble Bundle

John Krajewski

CEO & Founder at

Strange Loop Games

Jonathan Blow

Game Designer

Kellee Santiago

Game Designer & Co-Founder

Kyle Gabler

Game Designer at

Tomorrow Corporation

Mare Sheppard

PROGRAMMER, DESIGNER, ARTIST, CREATIVE LEAD at

Metanet Software

Matthew Davis

Programmer & Co-Designer at

Subset Games

Matthew Wegner

Technical Enabler at

Work

Nathan Vella

Co-founder & President at

Capy Games

Noel Llopis

Making games at

Games from Within

Paul Kilduff-Taylor

Indie game stuff at

Mode 7

Raigan Burns

PROGRAMMER, DESIGNER, MUSICIAN, TECHNICAL LEAD at

Metanet Software

Rami Ismail

One half at

Vlambeer

Rebekah Saltsman

Co-founder & CEO at

Finji

Rob Jagnow

Founder at

Lazy 8 Studios

Ron Carmel

Game Designer

Ron Theis

Software Engineer

Sarah & Colin Northway

Pair Extraordinaire at

Northway Games

Tanya X. Short

Captain at

Kitfox Games

Tommy Refenes

Sliced Half at

Team Meat

Tyler Sigman

Design Director at

Red Hook Studios

Zach Gage

Conceptual Artist at

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