At PlaytestCloud, we work with game studios who are developing incredible games every day – both big and small. We know different studios have different needs and different resources, and that studios that are just starting out need specific plans that fit their means. At the same time, we believe everybody deserves access to the best playtesting tools out there, and won't rest until that's the case.
PlaytestCloud was itself funded by two friends over many sleepless nights, and we know how difficult starting out can be – particularly in this increasingly more competitive industry. That's why now, in order to make playtesting accessible to even the smallest game studios out there, we've created a flexible, new subscription plan makes the playtesting tools used by over 60% of the studios behind the top 100 grossing games on the App Store available to more studios than ever before.
Announcing: The Indie Pass
The Indie Pass, a special program specifically created for the newer, smaller teams out there, allows eligible studios who meet the requirements to access many of PlaytestCloud's key features and at a more affordable price.
With this new plan, we want to make sure every single studio out there, no matter their size or resources, can have access to the best playtesting tools in the market, in order to create the best games possible. With this in mind, here's what our Indie Pass subscription grants access to:
- Our five core playtesting services for iOS and Android games (Single Session, Multi-Session, Longitudinal Playtests, Concept testing and Surveys)
- Two additional playtesting services (Multiplayer and Competitor testing)
- Single-session playtesting with sessions of 5-60+ minutes
- Bring Your Own Players access (for Android games)
- In-game tasks
- Custom Briefings
Indie Pass: Use our playtesters, or bring your own!
A good playtest requires the right playtesters. With the Indie Pass, we offer two great options for finding them:
Have PlaytestCloud find the playtesters
The Indie Pass includes 5 Video Tokens a month that you can use to playtest with players from PlaytestCloud’s large pool of over 1 million players. You can specify the types of players you want using all our standard target audience features (including 40+ game and genre options). All players you pick this way will be from the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom.
Playtest with your own community
When you opt for either an annual or monthly Indie Pass subscription, you will also receive 50 invitations per month for use with our Bring Your Own Players service. With Bring Your Own Players, you can playtest Android games with friends and family, trusted players from your inner circle, and even your colleagues – all while getting the same high-definition feedback (with screen, audio and touch recording) you get from PlaytestCloud’s players. All you need is their email addresses and you are set.
Key insights that only those who read the blog post may be aware of
You can use the Bring Your Own Players feature to not only playtest with more than the (up to) five PlaytestCloud-provided players per month, but you can also use BYOP to playtest with players that normally aren’t available to you on the Indie Pass – for example, players from other countries or kids (assuming you’ve got the right certifications for that).
Who qualifies for the Indie Pass?
The Indie Pass is a special program designed as a springboard for small, “Indie” studios. We've created it in order to give these teams access to the best playtesting features, lending a hand to the small studios of the present who will become the big studios of tomorrow. With this in mind, it's important the program is used by those who truly need it and for whom it was a designed for. This is the only way to make sure the plan is feasible and also truly serves its objective. Which is why we've come up with some specific rules to determine who is and isn't eligible.
Am I eligible for the Indie Pass?
Your game studio is eligible if you meet all three requirements:
- At most 15 employees
- Less than $1 million raised in funding
- Earn less than $1 million in annual revenue
An Annual or Monthly Subscription
The Indie Pass is also available as both an annual or monthly subscription, yet the annual one gives studios some specific benefits:
Annual subscriber benefits include:
- 60 Video Tokens (a year’s worth) available from the beginning of your term
- 12 months for the price of 11
Ready to start playtesting?
At PlaytestCloud, we believe every single studio out there deserves access to the very best playtesting tools. We're proud to be launching this initiative, aimed at those who need it the most, hoping that the Indie Pass opens the door to the best mobile playtesting tools for everybody. Are you a small, up-and-coming studio in need of a specific playtesting plan for your needs (and budget)? Then the Indie Pass might just be what you need.
If you have any other questions, we've created a short Indie Pass FAQ with all the information you need relating to the terms and the program's goal.