Microsoft has paid $2.5 billion to indie devs in the ID@Xbox program

Since 2013, Microsoft has paid out billions of dollars to independent developers as part of its ID@Xbox video games program.

Published Fri, Mar 25 2022 1:34 PM CDT   |   Updated Thu, Apr 21 2022 5:25 AM CDT

Microsoft has paid out billions in royalties to indie game developers as part of its ID@Xbox program, but these payments are just a drop in the company's very deep money bucket.

Microsoft has paid .5 billion to indie devs in the ID@Xbox program 1 |

It's been nine years since the ID@Xbox program first launched in 2013, helping usher in a new wave of indie games onto the Xbox console-and-PC ecosystem. The initiative has helped publish and fund thousands of indie games that have earned Microsoft, and the developers themselves, billions in revenue.

Microsoft has paid $2.5 billion to indie devs in the ID@Xbox program 12 |

In fact, Microsoft says it has paid out more than $2.5 billion in royalties to indie developers. That sounds like a lot, but it's actually not, at least in comparison to the company's gargantuan earnings from the Xbox marketplace.

To put the numbers into perspective, the ID@Xbox payouts are roughly 2,7% of total Xbox revenues from FY2014 - present. Microsoft has earned a whopping $93.6 billion in revenues from July 2013 to December 2021.

The graph below illustrates Xbox's quarter-by-quarter revenues for the FY2015 - present day periods, minus the $8.6 billion earned through FY2014.

"The results have exceeded our wildest dreams. Since the program's inception, independent developers have earned more than $2.5 billion in royalties and total revenue generated by ID@Xbox partners on Xbox almost doubled over the last three years. These are staggering numbers, and it speaks to the power of independent developers.

"We've also paid developers and publishers across Xbox hundreds of millions of dollars in Game Pass license fees. There are amazing games out today on Xbox (and other platforms!) that would never have existed without the support of Game Pass members, and that's really been an incredible phenomenon. Ensuring that millions of Game Pass members get to experience some of the best independent games ever created has been transformational for Xbox players and developers."

Buy at Amazon

Battlefield 2042 - PlayStation 5

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
* Prices last scanned on 5/22/2022 at 3:34 pm CDT - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price. We may earn an affiliate commission.

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

Newsletter Subscription

Related Tags

Newsletter Subscription
Latest News
View More News
Latest Reviews
View More Reviews
Latest Articles
View More Articles