Seems that IGN wants to get more involved with indie developers, and have opened up their doors to a few teams for 6 month periods. The initiative called Indie Open House appears to come with no strings-attached (apart from an obvious push toward using Gamespy / IGN technologies) and plenty of upsides. The official announcement stated:
Ok, ok...We know not all indies work in garages. Maybe you work in a hip home office with a nice deck. We also know that many indie teams don't get to work side-by-side in critical development phases, or at a close proximity to much of the games community, on a daily basis. And even the most optimally funded indie games could still use support. That's why we want to give a hand and are launching INDIE OPEN HOUSE.
IGN loves Indies! So much so that we want you to move in with us for a while! IGN is opening its doors with a company-wide initiative that invites qualified independent game developers to move into IGN Headquarters in downtown San Francisco and get the support, love and living space you need to make the best game possible. The Indie Open House program is strictly a support and residency program. We have no interest in owning any of the incredible content you create, nor binding you to any business obligations that prohibit your independence. But we do want to help you. How, you ask? By providing a shared workspace where multiple game teams work side by side. We always hear from independent game teams that they learn the most from other independent developers. Our hope is that this environment will create camaraderie, knowledge sharing and a culture that will help you through the development process to make a great game. Oh yeah, and we at IGN will be around to help too!
Who is in need of office space? Anyone considering applying, would love to know your thoughts and how it goes!