Independent developers have been paid a total of $1.2 billion since the [email protected] initiative launched five years ago.
The figure was revealed to Kotaku Australia in an interview with the program's leader Chris Charla, who talked up the financial benefits for indie developers.
"We've paid more than $1.2 billion to independent developers this generation for games that have come through the ID program," he said. "There's great commercial opportunity. There's great artist opportunity."