Over the years, we’ve learned a lot about different types of game creators. One of the big things we hear a lot lately is that folks don’t necessarily all want to go through the hassle of a Kickstarter; some would rather just find a publisher. We totally get it!
For those folks, the IGA Pro membership plan has felt a little bit overkill. As the service has expanded and we’ve adjusted the price in order to cover the costs associated with providing those services, we inadvertently left some of our designer members behind. We’ve heard time and time again that “I just don’t use most of these services, and I don’t want to pay for them.” Given the margins for designers in this industry, that makes total sense. We’ve heard you.
Welcome to 2019. Say hello to IGA Lite.
IGA Lite is a designer-focused subscription that offers only the benefits that make sense for designers: playtesting, surveys, and publisher matchmaking. Why pay for warehouse space you’ll never use or distribution that’s your publisher’s problem?
IGA Lite is a right-sized solution for you… and it’s just $10 a month.
IGA Pro membership should now be considered “for publishers” whereas IGA Lite can be thought of as “for designers only.” If you’re both a designer and a publisher, you’ll probably want to keep your IGA Pro membership, as it includes all of the IGA Lite features as well.
You can review the full service breakdown for IGA Starter, IGA Lite and IGA Pro right here:
Here’s some answers to questions we expect to get:
I already have IGA Pro, but IGA Lite is a better fit for me. What can I do?
If you visit your Studio Dashboard, you will be able to downgrade your subscription. Any fees you’ve paid will remain on your account, so effectively, it’ll triple the amount of time you’re paid up for. We cannot and will not issue refunds for paid Pro time.
I already have IGA Pro and I’m a publisher. What’s changed for me?
Absolutely nothing. Carry on.
I haven’t decided if I want to self-publish (on Kickstarter or similar), or find a publisher. Which plan should I choose?
Feel free to start with IGA Lite. If you decide to start building a Kickstarter campaign, as soon as you make that decision, it’s time to upgrade to IGA Pro so we can help with marketing, consulting and discounts. You can switch back and forth between IGA Lite and IGA Pro any time you need to; either way, you’ll never lose money you’ve paid, your account will just be prorated one way or the other.
Does this mean I should expect a price increase for IGA Pro?
We have no plans to change the price of IGA Pro at this time.
Introducing our Updated Invoice Module
Hey there! We’ve just rolled out our new, vastly improved invoice module. You can check it out at https://www.indiegamealliance.com/account/invoices.
Previously, this page only showed you “manual” invoice we generated for one-off charges, but I frequently get requests for re-sent invoices for subscription charges, store orders, or convention service purchases. Now, you can see all of these in one place, conveniently date-sorted, at any time.
We’ve also added some other useful data to the invoice page, such as direct links to related store orders, subscription details, and card information. Remember, IGA does not store any information on your credit card details; Stripe handles all of that.
If you need to add some data to your invoices, for example, a VAT number or IČO number, you can now do so on your Account Profile located at https://www.indiegamealliance.com/account/profile.
Any data you add here will then get appended to the Invoice To section of your invoices.
Unfortunately, we can’t easily add it to the emailed Stripe receipt, but you can always get it from your invoice history.
We hope this new module will help our members that have more stringent accounting requirements. As always, this is new code, so please let us know if you have any issues with it.