25 Essential Blogs and Resources for Indie Game Developers

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Kevin Ford

September 22nd, 2015

Being an indie game developer is exhilarating, fun, and creative; but you’re busy wearing several hats throughout your 16-hour days. To save you some time, we’ve put together a list of our favorite game development and mobile industry blogs & resources. The sites selected for this list touch on everything from app development and monetization, to user experience and analytics. We keep these sites bookmarked but you can also follow them on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest news.



The 25 Best Blogs and Resources for Indie Game Developers

Android Developer Blog

The Android Developer blog provides Android developers with official news and announcements for developers, directly from the Android team.

Topics: Android app developer news, development tutorials

Website | Twitter


App Annie Blog

App Annie aims to help app developers make better decisions with their app store data. They are a leader for app store analytics, app rankings, and market intelligence. The AppAnnie blog proves particularly useful for stats regarding the state of the mobile games industry. While much of their data is sold as part of a subscription, they also provide free reports.

Topics: app store data, apps industry news, analytics

Website | Twitter


AppData & Inside Mobile Apps

AppData is the standard in indexing applications and tracking their analytics for Apple iOS, Google Play, and others.

Topics: app metrics, top app lists, mobile industry news

Website | Twitter


Apple Developer Blog

The Apple Developer blog provides timely updates about all the new technologies and capabilities available in iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and the new programming language, Swift, available in Xcode 6.

Topics: iOS app developer news, development tutorials



Ars Technica

Ars Technica is a publication devoted to technology that caters to what they call “alpha geeks”: technologists and IT professionals.

Topics: tech news

Website | Twitter


Cocos2d Blog

Cocos2d is an open-source framework for building cross-platform 2D games with Xcode and Objective-C.

Topics: development tutorials, app development news

Website | Twitter


Distimo (Resources)

Distimo is a leading source for app analytics and app data. Trusted by developers worldwide to track over 345,000 apps.

Topics: mobile app analytics, app trends, app industry reports

Website | Twitter



Gamasutra publishes news, features, and analysis on everything dealing with the art and business of video games.

Topics: indie game development tips, postmortems, industry reports

Website | Twitter



GamesBeat is the gaming division of @VentureBeat, sharing news, reviews, features, and more.

Topics: mobile games industry news, conferences

Website | Twitter



GamesBrief provides resources for the business of games, including insight on free-to-play games and advice on self-publishing in the form of books, blogs, and tools.

Topics: F2P tools, F2P tips, games industry news

Website | Twitter



GamesIndustry.biz is the market-leading website and community for news and information about the global videogames industry, covering all aspects of the interactive entertainment value chain.

Topics: games industry news, games industry press releases

Website | Twitter



GameSauce aims to provide inspiration for mobile game developers, globally.

Topics: games industry news, expert interviews

Website | Twitter



GamesNewsHQ was “scientifically proven” to be the best video game news aggregator on the web.

Topics: games industry news

Website | Twitter


Gaming Insiders

Gaming Insiders is a private community for the games industry with a great weekly games industry news and analysis newsletter.

Topics: insightful games industry newsletter, conference

Newsletter | Twitter


Github Blog

GitHub is a great place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over six million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.

Topics: app development

Website | Twitter



The International Game Developers Association (IGDA), is the largest non-profit membership organization in the world serving all individuals who create games.

Topics: developer news, events, webinars, local chapters

Website | Twitter


Indie Games

Indie Games shares the latest independent games news, interviews, and features. From the makers of Gamasutra.

Topics: developer interviews, job listings

Website | Twitter



MobyAffiliates is a B2B Marketplace for the Mobile Ad Industry, with reviews of over 200 mobile ad networks and app marketing services.

Topics: ad network reviews, app marketing news, mobile industry news

Website | Twitter


Pocket Gamer

PocketGamer.biz is all about the mobile games industry, processes, technology and deals that drive the business which makes these games happen. Covering breaking news, developer interviews, event coverage, and mobile games metrics analysis.

Topics: mobile games industry news, newsletter, events

Website | Twitter



Polygon is a video game website that “loves games almost as much as it loves you.”

Topics: game reviews, opinions

Website | Twitter


Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine is an online magazine for professional designers and developers.

Topics: design tutorials, development tutorials, best practices

Website | Twitter



Stack Overflow is a question and answer site for professional and enthusiast programmers. It’s built and run by you as part of the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites.

Topics: app development, game development, community

Website | Twitter


TechCrunch (Mobile)

TechCrunch is a quick resource for breaking technology news and opinions.

Topics: tech industry news

Website | Twitter


UX Magazine

UX Magazine is defining and informing the complex field of user experience (UX) through frequent publication of high-quality articles for experts and newcomers alike.

Topics: user experience best practices, mobile app design

Website | Twitter


Unreal Engine Blog

The Unreal Engine 4 subscription service allows developers everywhere to join a community dedicated to building great games and evolving Unreal Engine.

Topics: app development, mobile game development

Website | Twitter

Honorable Mentions

There are so many great blogs out there, we couldn’t make a hard stop at 25. Some others we like to follow include: Kotaku, Mashable, TouchArcade, and Wired.

As a special treat for those who made it to the end, we created a Twitter List that includes all of the blogs and resources mentioned above, as well as many other leaders in the mobile games space. You can also follow our updates at @nativeX.

Did we leave out one of your favorites? Share it in the comments below.

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