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Day of the Devs is now a fully independent non-profit organisation.
Established in 2012 by Double Fine and iam8bit, Day of the Devs is a regular showcase designed to promote upcoming indie games at no cost to either developers or players.
Previously, its organisers said they achieved this by relying heavily on industry sponsorship, proceeds from game bundles and largely donated time.
The move to become a non-profit organisation, which separates the showcase from any affiliation with Double Fine owner Microsoft, has seen Day of the Devs launch its first fundraising campaign, which is seeking to raise $500,000 to support its upcoming events.
Its initial calendar of events for 2024 includes the in-person Day of the Devs: San Francisco in March, the virtual Day of the Devs: Summer Game Fest Edition in June, and the hybrid Day of the Devs: The Game Awards Edition in December.
“We have essentially always run things as a non-profit, but making it official – through a fiscal sponsorship partnership with Legacy Global – it opens us up to better funding opportunities, makes our fundraising efforts more transparent and public, and helps our sponsors and audience understand how critical their support truly is,” Day of the Devs said.
“Additionally, this establishes Day of the Devs as being fully independent from other video game related organizations, which clarifies our commitment to being 100% platform agnostic.
“To put on even one great show or showcase like ours comes with significant costs from venue hire, equipment, staffing, video production, etc, and over the past few years, our programs have grown in size and quality.”
December’s Day of the Devs: The Game Awards 2023 Edition showcased 20 upcoming titles including Braid: Anniversary Edition, Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story, Open Roads and Thank Goodness You’re Here.