I am Anomaly, a long time gamer (in some games casual, in some games no-lifer) and I recently found out about your project. I have a passion for the gaming industry, what I mean is, I like to observe how games evolve, how they innovate the entertainment industry overall and in general how the industry works.
I know a few things about development, marketing, target audience, revenue, 3rd party entertainment potential and so on and I think your project (which apparently isn’t new but it’s starting to become known more widely) is (or could be) a huge milestone in the gaming industry.
So here’s my crowd-sourcing input
I love the idea of the marketplace. In my opinion it will boost the quality of games a lot because the availability of components will save developers a lot of time (time which will hopefully be spent focusing on other aspects of the gaming experience) and also help smaller developers introduce to the market higher quality products.
My suggestion regarding the marketplace is this: don’t limit the marketplace to just graphic projects and introduce other categories such as Voice-acting, Soundtrack creation, Splash-art, Writing and lore creation, Marketing, Publishing, Distribution and so on.
I know, now you tell me there are other means out there to fulfill these needs, like business catalogs and linked-in and stuff, but, hear me out: I’m only suggesting creating the opportunity for professionals in the related industries to sort of advertise their business/craft on your platform. In other words, yes, focus on the graphics and animations/mechanics of gaming but also help the developers become better by helping them understand and find what else they need for their game.
Here’s an example. Say I am an indie developer with a great idea for a new genre game (let’s say Angry Birds a few years ago). Now I could go at it alone and hope it goes viral or, I could ask for some advice or partner up with a more knowledgeable developer/distributor or even hire a professional (person or company) to help me with either suggestions or some other things that maybe I don’t understand that well about the market - in order to make my game better. Maybe one suggestion could be “make the enemies cute pigs instead of vomiting gory zombies” :).
Above average comment section
This is a suggestion for individual items present on the market. First of all, maybe a description area for the creator of the content, where that person can advertise expertise or experience (work experience in voice acting or a contemporary arts diploma for example). Second, maybe a description of the content produced, such as “typical room in a French palace in the 14th century” or “typical road side diner in U.S. in the 1960s” or “concept for bar room in cyborg post apocalyptic future”. Third, maybe some information on copyright or “been done before”/similarities, for example if there’s ambient music for an area, the creator can write – music belongs to X artist, or “I did not check for copyright”, or “this is an improved version of the monster “wild boar” in the game/movie “X””.
Request/offers of services
This is pretty simple, a section where creators and developers can meet. For example I am a developer and I need a werewolf, my request would be for an animator for the transformation and maybe a voice-actor for the wolf voice, request to which people can post their abilities, portfolio and contact information.
Oh wow I wrote so much. I like to use arguments for things (legal background) and it sometimes expands to more than I intended.
Thanks for reading and if you feel the need to flame/contradict me please do, it’s how we all learn