Unsurprisingly, EB Games doesn't dabble in the indie scene a great deal. It's not their business, and it's not part of their business model. But in a move that breaks a little bit of ground, the retailer has given away codes for an Aussie-made indie game for Christmas.
In an email sent around to level 4 EB World members, the retailer announced that as part of the Christmas festivities, they would be giving away a game for free on PC. Interestingly, the game chosen was an Australian one - Assault Android Cactus, the top-down twin stick shooter from Witch Beam that won the Technical Excellence award and a handful of nominations at the Australian Game Developer Awards this year.
"To show our appreciation for your passion as a Level 4 member of EB World, we're giving you a special Christmas gift. Instead of sending you a card in the mail, we've partnered up with Aussie indie start-up Witch Beam to bring you a free one-use Steam code for the award winning game - Assault Android Cactus," the email read.
Given that EB doesn't exactly have a great lineup of Australian games on sale - ever - it's an intriguing move. I reached out to EB for a comment on whether they would be doing more deals with local indie games going forward, but hadn't received a reply by the time of writing.
Update: EB, in an email, has confirmed that this won't be the last time they work with Australian developers. The full statement is below.
Over the past few months we have met with a number of local Australian developers. The full version of Assault Android Cactus gifted to all Level 4 EB World members was made possible by working with the awesome team over at Witch Beam.
The idea of bringing unique Australian developed games to the mainstream is very exciting to us. We look forward to working closely with the Australian development community in 2017 and beyond.