The UBM Tech Game Network (producers of Gamasutra.com, and the Game Developers Conference) established the Independent Games Festival in 1998 to encourage innovation in game development and to recognize the best independent game developers. Just as the Sundance Film Festival benefits the independent film community, the IGF creates a similar event for independent game developers in addition to the student population of game developers.
Located at the Moscone Center at the Game Developers Conference, and open to any members of the public or game professionals who have passes with access to the Expo Floor, the IGF Pavilion showcases every single finalist for this year's Festival in playable form. Game submissions are also browsable on the official IGF site before and during GDC. Members of the development team for each IGF finalist are on hand to discuss and demonstrate the title and talk to top game publishers and distributors attending the show.
The IGF Awards will take place on Wednesday, March 4, at the Game Developers Conference, with thousands watching the awards presentation before the Game Developers Choice Awards are presented. In its 17th year, the IGF has given away hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes and major recognition to innovative and independently created video games from all over the world.
The main IGF Competition will give out eight major awards:
In addition there will be a prize for best overall IGF Student Game awarded as part of the IGF Awards, with the finalists comprised of all the Student Showcase winners.
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Here are specific submission deadlines for the 2015 event:
If you have further questions, check the IGF FAQ or contact the IGF Chairman.
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For more information on IGF's 2015 finalists, click here
IGF Student Showcase Platinum Sponsor
DigiPen Institute of Technology is an innovator in the field of game development education. It's the first college to offer a bachelor's degree in video game programming, the winner of more IGF awards than any other school, and the source of some of the industry's most skilled and creative programmers, artists, and designers.
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ID@Xbox is Microsoft’s self-publishing program for independent developers on Xbox One. Developers can get two dev kits at no charge as well as full platform access to all of Xbox One’s features from 8-controller support to Kinect, Smartglass, Xbox Live and more!
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We started with Half-Life®, the first-person, sci-fi shooter game that's won more than 50 Game of the Year and a few "Best Game Ever" awards. We expanded the Half-Life franchise with a sequel and Half-Life 2 Episodes 1 and 2. Then we added the horror titles Left 4 Dead® and Left 4 Dead 2, the multiplayer combat franchise Team Fortress®, the #1 online action game Counter-Strike® and the award-winning puzzlers Portal™ and Portal 2. And we're just getting warmed up.