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Erik Johnson's Blog


Erik Johnson is one of the developers of Life Goes On: Done to Death, an award winning puzzle-platformer available on Steam and the PS4.  He has a MSc in Computing Science from the University of Alberta, and he has completed 100% of the achievements in TIS-100.

You can find him on twitter as @erikejohnson.


Member Blogs

Posted by Erik Johnson on Thu, 04 Apr 2019 10:44:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie
Over the past three months I have looked at almost 700 games in my Steam Discovery Queue. I saved the store page html for each of these games so I could analyze what Steam is showing me. Here is what I learned.

Posted by Erik Johnson on Tue, 29 Jan 2019 12:22:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie
The business of making indie games has always been difficult, but recently it's become a lot harder. On October 5th, Valve introduced changes to Steam's algorithms that resulted in less traffic to many games that aren't top sellers.

Posted by Erik Johnson on Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:51:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie
Product/Market fit is critical in determining the success of a game. These are the things I wish I knew before developing a puzzle-platformer.

Erik Johnson's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 08/21/2019 - 10:43]

Thanks for sharing Vladimir One ...

Thanks for sharing Vladimir One small note I 'm pretty sure games aren 't eligible for New and Trending until they leave early access.

Comment In: [Blog - 06/15/2017 - 10:05]

Good call on Lakeview Cabin ...

Good call on Lakeview Cabin Collection. Unfortunately working with the Steam tag data to group things is a bit of a mess. I did a pass over the data to see if I could find any other games that were being similarly miscategorized, and found that BlazBlue had been tagged ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/09/2017 - 03:00]

Great post, as always. r ...

Great post, as always. r n r nA couple of questions for running my own game: How many people would you recommend Also, do you have people email their picks publicly to encourage discussion Or do you collect picks privately to encourage fairness r n r nThanks