IndieGameStand.com was a website founded to be a competitor to things like the Humble Bundle store or GamersGate. It would allow a wider range of games than Steam would at the time and be more accessible and profitable for game developers. The original owner of IndieGameStand even maintained a blog, which you may be familiar with for breaking the news about how bad key scammers like G2A were.
Fast forward to Spring of 2016 when IndieGameStand was sold to a new company. Everything was fine for a while, though there were more frequent issues and less communication from the site administrator. The site went down for maintenance in July of 2017, promising to make things better.
IndieGameStand is still down. Developers have not been able to access their earnings, or gamers able to access their games. People enrolled in the once reputable storefront’s monthly curation service are even unable to cancel their subscriptions. Concerned customers have been trying to find contact info for the owner of the site for weeks now, which you can read about on Steam. There has been little luck in this pursuit. Everything’s gone, and the owner is in the wind.
This is crazy levels of frustrating, not only as someone who used to love IndieGameStand, but as a fan of alternatives to Steam. If anyone has any more insight as to solutions for S.O.L. gamers and developers, please let me know so I can update this post.
For full disclosure, I spent a few months writing for IndieGameStand’s blog with the original owners, and as their Reddit/r/GameDeals representative.