Is there such a thing as an indie publisher?
Indie groups are the hot thing to support now and they get treated much better than larger groups.
I wonder if the kickstarter program is big enough now that a big developer/publisher would see it as a chance to market a new project to gamers. What if they didn't even ask for money (they could ask for whatever the minimum is required for kickstarter). Maybe there is value in the connection they can make with gamers. Kickstarter projects do get a good amount of attention in the gaming media.
I think there are publishers that focus on indie games, although a large chunk of games are self published.
Indies do get cut a lot of slack indeed, but the amount of crap that makes its way on Steam is huge. Greenlight is considered a failure and will supposedly disappear at some point.
What would be the point of putting something on Kickstarter if they're not looking for funding. The kickstarter would be cancelled, that is, if it even meets the requirements and gets published in the first place. Make a community site or something.
Developer Digital are becoming a bit of a super power when it comes to indie publishing.
Plenty of others are doing the same.