Brandon Sheffield, editor-in-chief of Game Developer magazine, has written an editorial exploring what benefits game publishers bring to the industry.   His article from the magazine’s October issue is posted on sister site Gamasutra.

Sheffield ponders the roles publishers play, whether as financiers, marketers or project managers, and whether that brings benefit to the industry as a whole.  He shares a great anecdote from former Vivendi game maker Mark Hood, who relays an experience many game industry people have had in dealing with non-endemic executives at game publishers.  One of Sheffield’s conclusions: the publisher-developer relationship is that of controlling parents overseeing rebellious children.

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