Steam Deck could be a game changer for indies but it'll take a lot of work (from Valve, too)

Originally published on GamesIndustry.biz by James Batchelor

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In the minds of many, the prospect of a handheld gaming PC means the chance to take AAA games on the go — the sort of blockbusters that aren’t possible on mobile or available on Nintendo Switch.

But Valve’s choice of Stardew Valley as the screenshot in some of Steam Deck’s promotional imagery indicates another sector of the market that could benefit from the new handheld: indie games.

For better or worse, Steam remains the biggest and one of the most open marketplace for video games. There are little to no barriers for any indie studio looking

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