“Netflix for Indie Games” Subscription Service “Jump” Announced

Jump is a newly announced monthly game subscription service is poised as the “Netflix for indie games.”

The new platform is being handled by Kermdinger Studios, and headed by Jump VP of content and community Cade Peterson and chief Anthony Palma. The goal with the service is to get users quick and unlimited access to an entire library of acclaimed indie games, while also hopefully getting more exposure for indies.

“Think of it like Netflix,” Palma said to Gamasutra. “You go in there now and you get these very specific categories, like indie horror movies with strong female leads. That’s what we want to be able to do.

“So we will be able to serve up not only games that you particularly will like, but we’re also gonna be able to resurface games. So just because your game launched in month three and now its month 12, it’s not going to be buried and unfindable.”

The platform is currently in beta and will run that testing phase into July 24th, after which the company is looking to charge users $10 a month for a 60-plus game library at launch. Sign ups for the beta are now live over on the platforms official site.

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  • “You go in there now and you get these very specific categories, like
    indie horror movies with strong female leads. That’s what we want to be
    able to do.”

    I had a giggle.

  • Fandangle

    So it’s steam but instead of paying for games individually you pay a monthly fee and get access to all of them.

    Eh, I’m not really interested. I can see it taking off though if they play it right.

  • sanic

    Ah a garbage distribution service!

  • DrearierSpider

    So is this streaming like PSNow or downloads like Xbox Game Pass? I know he said “like Netflix,” but that comparison’s been made to both of those services.

  • Mr0303

    This business model doesn’t work with games. Doubly so with suspicious indie ones.

  • OSad

    This is such a garbage idea. You can be relatively sure that most of the games that will be available on this platform are already on Steam and GoG for less than 10 dollars just by looking at that screencap. You’d have to be a really destitute motherfucker to not have the cash to afford your average indie game or humble bundle, to the point where the cost investment on this would actually be justified.

    if this is an actual streaming service, god help us all. Another implementation that’ll very likely drag the concept of streaming through the mud.

  • Yeah no I will just buy and own my games.

  • Dr.W

    This business model would work better for Nintendo’s virtual console.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    It could actually work fine considering how general the term “indie” is, games like Shovel Knight or Yooka-Laylee could make a service like this worthwhile.

    The problem is, most of these indie titles will likely be small-time ones that would sell for under $5, hitting $1-$2 on a sale. Getting your money’s worth out of $10 isn’t hard with indie games.

  • OSad

    “The problem is, most of these indie titles will likely be small-time
    ones that would sell for under $5, hitting $1-$2 on a sale. Getting your
    money’s worth out of $10 isn’t hard with indie games.”

    This is my main concern with it, it sounds a little too easy to get the games elsewhere. Whole thing smells of Ouya or Steam Greenlight marketplace too. We’ll only get a good grasp in a few weeks, I guess.

  • ProxyDoug

    I had to reread that to see if I got it right.

  • ProxyDoug

    Pff, people not always have time to play games, sometimes you get that one game that you won’t change until you finish, so why would I pay for something that I might not even use, and if I stop using it, I lose access to?
    Also:
    ” it’s not going to be buried and unfindable.”
    How does that work? Does the Interface makes the icons smaller so everything you search for is on screen all the time? Have they ever searched for games on team?

  • le master trole

    There’s Humble Monthly already where you get to keep all the games.

  • Fandangle

    No it wouldn’t. This model wouldn’t work good for any part of the video game industry.