Rudolf Kremers, the designer of the independent game Eufloria, has come out in favor of Sony’s “Pub Fund” – a $20 million reserve of cash for indie developers. Despite being approached by Microsoft and Nintendo over bring the game to the system, Kremers said PSN was the only way affordable way to self-publish without relinquishing IP ownership and creative control

“We would never give up our IP. [Sony] did actually want it, they were making us an offer to publish it for us. But it meant that we would have to sell the IP to them in exchange,” said Kremers. “We had to stand fast. We had to look at other ways, and that turned in to the self publishing route. We made that possible because Sony were happy to include us in the pub fund. One of the qualities of the pub fund is that it’s a viable avenue for micro teams like ourselves – Microsoft don’t have that any more.”

“For Microsoft the cost would be prohibitive, as they had all sorts of mandatory features – multiplayer and the like,” he added. “And of course you have to use their QA… The cost picture would be so prohibitive that self publishing would be impossible.”