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Sony lends indie developers a hand with the new PlayStation Mobile Developer Program

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Making things easier for development

Sony has launched its PlayStation Mobile Developer Program, providing developers with all that's necessary to create and release content to PlayStation Mobile.

Using the Dev Portal, users can download an official PlayStation Mobile SDK, Sign the PlayStation license agreement and pay $99 to publish as many titles as they wish to for one year. Interested developers can begin the registration process here.

"We believe we're in a ‘golden age' of game development and the Dev Portal lowers the barriers of entry for developers to create and publish titles including games directly to the most diehard and passionate fans in the industry," reads a statement from PlayStation Mobile senior manager Sarah Thompson.

"Our goal was to make publishing game and non-game titles for PlayStation Mobile an easy and enjoyable experience, and we've been working hard to ensure that the new Dev Portal accomplishes this objective."

Sony's PlayStation Mobile initiative launched earlier in October through its digital store with roughly 20 games and applications. The cross-platform mobile gaming service allows users to access PlayStation Mobile games across Sony's devices and numerous Android-based smartphones and tablets. According to the company this number is expected to grow to 60 or 70 titles by the end of the year, with an increased focus on more experimental works.

"We're looking for indies who are wanting to bring interesting, unique content to the platform," Thomson told Polygon last month. "There are restrictions with iOS, where the platform is a lot more heavily policed or where it's a little more conservative, or a little edgier, if you're wanting to do something a little more experimental where publishers might not necessarily fund because it's risky, that's the kind of stuff we want to look at. That's what really defines a platform, so that's what we're looking for."