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Sony Computer Entertainment have announced their plans to cover costs for exhibitors at the Indie Game Area of this year’s Tokyo Game Show—whether or not their game is set to release on a Sony console.

The above tweets are from Brad Douglas, a representative from Sony who is responsible to global third-party relations, and demonstrate just how big a standing in the industry independent game developers now hold.

Over the course of the past several years, independent gaming has gone from having a small but passionate audience to finding mainstream popularity and recognition. Sony’s move to foster this sort of development follows on from their continued attempts to make the Playstation brand a home for independent studios, something that has been a focus for several years.

While Sony have been quick to state that there is no expectation for studios taking advantage of their offer to develop for a Playstation console, the fact that they are so aggressively going after the goodwill of the independent scene at large makes their intentions quite clear. From their high-profile move to secure Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, The Witness, as a time-exclusive for the Playstation 4, to their dogged attempts to bring Minecraft to Sony consoles, one thing is for sure—Sony are very serious about indie gaming on the Playstation.

[via Gamasutra]

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