Back in October I had the following Twitter conversation with Nat Friedman of Xamarin.
It appears that this process has begun, at least for a limited time and for published developers. From this announcement at Xamarin:
Christmas comes early for indie game developers
Because we love seeing indie games succeed, Xamarin wants to support indie game developers all over the world in bringing their games to billions of mobile gamers. We want every indie game developer to enjoy the power of C# and Visual Studio, so we have an amazing special offer this December:
Free, community-supported subscriptions of Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android, including our Visual Studio extensions
Indie game developers only need to have published a game in any framework on any platform to qualify. We’ll use your published details to verify your indie status:
This offer is limited to independent game developers who have published a game on or before Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in any reputable public store for indie games, such as Steam, Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Windows Store, Xbox Store, PlayStation Store, or Nintendo eShop. No more than one subscription will be granted to any given publisher. This offer expires on December 31, 2015 at 9 pm ET.
The published title restriction is a bit of a mind twister for me… isn’t this a matter of preaching to the choir? Wouldn’t it make a lot more sense to try and attract aspiring developers instead of a group that already committed to the .NET ecosystem?