Over the last 18 months, and arguably longer, a vicious race for the presidency of the United States of America has taken place. With a winner declared and recently taken office, what does this mean for the indie game development market, and independent developers in general?
As it stands, one of his biggest goals for the Trump presidency is “placing America first.” What does this mean? Well, the biggest impact this will have will be on international indie companies and partnerships. For example, President Trump is planning on enacting a mandatory 15% tax on all outsourcing of work and jobs.
Let’s say we have a game developer and programmer living in New York City. If he wants to make a game with stunning visuals he will probably need to hire an artist online. He can either choose from a limited selection of artists in America or pay an extra 15% to find the perfect artist in another country. With indie businesses often struggling anyway, lots of American indie developers will be forced to find local programmers, artists, musicians, and whatever else they may need, or throw away a large chunk of all the money sent out of the country. This has a possibility of splitting off the American market, if even slightly, from the rest of the global market.
Overall, this could have a colossal impact on the international indie game market, especially on multi-national teams involving Americans, and have a negative impact on the independent game developer market. Tell us what you think of the future of the indie game market over the next four years, and be sure to share this post on social media so indies everywhere know what to expect from the current United States presidency.