Microsoft-sponsored indies have made $1bn in five years

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Microsoft have announced their Xbox indie program, ID@Xbox, has passed $1 billion in revenue in just five years.

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The company announced the figures at GDC, also revealing the program has launched almost 800 games from 477 studios around the world, and that over four billion hours of playtime had been spent on Xbox indie games – the equivalent of over 450,000 years.

Launched in 2013, the ID@Xbox, or Independent Developers at Xbox, program allows indie game developers to self-publish titles for Windows and Xbox One. Games released through the program include Limbo, Outlast, and Smite.

“Xbox has long been an innovator in supporting independent development – from the early days of Xbox Live Arcade to our work today,” Chris Charla, director of ID@Xbox, said. “At ID@Xbox, our goal is to enable both creativity in independent development, and also provide the tools and platform for creators to succeed and continue their work.”