Well, this is embarrassing. Microsoft, recently said to have a total market value in excess of US $400b, has been falling behind in its payments to the micro-developers responsible for producing Xbox Live Indie Games content for the Xbox 360 store.
Earlier this week, an indie blogger published a community post on Destructoid calling out Microsoft for missing its payment deadlines to two developers (Freelance Games and BootDisk Revolution). As reported by Kotaku, other developers then stepped forward on NeoGAF to confirm that they were in the same boat.
According to Microsoft, it’s all a big misunderstanding, and one they’re happy to say sorry for. The platform holder has issued a statement attributing the delay to a “technical issue in out payment system”. Describing the incident as “an unfortunate error”, Microsoft apologised and anticipated that “developers will receive payment within the next two weeks.”
With Sony currently attracted the bulk of interest from indie developers and fans, this probably isn’t the kind of publicity that Microsoft was hoping for.