Double Fine's sci-fi social sim Spacebase DF-9
its initial Indie Fund investment, earning over $400,000 within two weeks of joining Steam's Early Access program.
The investment marks Indie Fund's most expensive venture to date, requiring assistance from Humble Bundle, The Behemoth, and other outside sources. "A typical project for us has been in the range of $50k - $150k," organizers note. "We've also funded a few projects for smaller amounts, but never a project the size of Spacebase DF-9
Headed up by indie luminaries like Jonathan Blow and Ron Carmel, Indie Fund supplies promising game projects with flexible-budget funding, helping developers stay financially independent without seeking the aid of publishers. Other recent Indie Fund success stories include Pocketwatch Games' Monaco
and The Swapper
, both of which earned back their investment within days of their initial release.