Indie Game Competition List?

Discussion in 'Indie Business' started by brawsome, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. brawsome

    brawsome New Member

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    Hi all,

    Just wondering whether anyone knows of a good list of Indie Game Competitions/Festivals? My game - Jolly Rover (http://www.brawsome.com.au/JollyRover) is coming up for final in June, and I'd like to start submitting it to indie game competition/festivals like the IGF.

    So here's the ones I know about:
    IGF (obviously!): http://www.igf.com/
    IndieCade: http://www.indiecade.com/ (US$45 Entry fee)
    Slamdance: http://www.slamdance.com/games/ (cancelled)

    Any more?

    Thanks,
    Andrew

    EDIT: Updated from Below:
    Indie Game Challenge: http://www.indiegamechallenge.com/home/ (US$100 Entry fee)
    2beegames: http://www.zoogamesinc.com/splash/splash.php
    Intel: http://software.intel.com/en-us/contests/levelup2010/contests.php
     
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  2. MiceHead

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    Indie Game Challenge. $100,000 prize, and they fly you out to Vegas if you're a finalist. We lost to Cogs, sadly. :)
     
  3. brawsome

    brawsome New Member

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    Cool thanks! I've added to the above post.

    Cogs is pretty cool, I'd be happy to have lost to that. When I get a chance I'd love to sit down and give it a good go.

    In a totally unrelated note, if anyone has any contacts at Direct2Drive they'd be able to put me onto please send me an email, it's taking a long time to get a reponse back!
     
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  5. vjvj

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    Don't forget PAX 10 (both West AND East :)). It's not really a competition, but seems to yield pretty good coverage (and caters more to the gamer crowd than some of the other "indie" events do).
     
  6. brawsome

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    Great! I've added the 2BeeGames and Intel ones. Not sure how to go about PAX East and West though... debating whether they should really be in the list.

    Seems to be some good opportunities for indies on offer though!
     
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  8. brawsome

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    Thanks, I've updated the main post.
     
  9. lightassassin

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    brawsome when you copy pasted the intel one it used the shortened version with the .... in the middle. You'll need to right click and copy link ;)

    Cheers
     
  10. brawsome

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    Ah gotcha, thanks for the update!
     
  11. brawsome

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    Just updated this post with prices for entry for various competitions.

    I've been looking at this further now that my game is releasing next week, here are some of my thoughts:

    IGF - Looks like the best one, but closed for submissions at the moment
    IndieCade - US$45 entry free, clunky submission interface, doesn't seem to allow the option to just send them a bunch of Steam keys. It looks like the only submission options are uploading a DRM free version, or linking to a DRM free version via an unsecured web link. Submission interface is currently broken, possibly I broke it.
    Indie Game Challenge - US$100 entry fee, need me to send them 2 CD's of the game (DRM free I guess), and 2 CD's with a 60 minute video of me pitching the game *sigh*. I wonder how many people see the stuff you've got to do to submit and just put it in the 'too hard' basket. I know they have the most prize money out of all the competitions, but really... how about we focus on just making it easy for indie developers to submit the thing that matters most - the game. And $100? It might not seem like much, but to me it is.
    2beegames - I didn't submit to this, because it seems like you submit the game then they let anyone subscribed play it for free and give feedback. I'm not changing the game now, I've already been through my Beta phase so am not going to be implementing feedback. I'll most likely recieve direct email feedback from people who are playing the game when it releases next week anyway.
    Intel - This seems more geared towards developers going through initial development phases from concept to demo. It also seems to be focused more around the performance of the game on intel based systems. I won't be submitting here because my game isn't trying to do anything special with hardware (it's a 2D point and click adventure!).

    So at the moment I'll wait for IndieCade to get back to me regarding the technical issues I'm having, I'll consider applying for the Indie Game Challenge after my game starts making some money and I'll wait for the IGF submissions to open (possibly on July 1st?).

    Thanks,
    Andrew
     
  12. Vino

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    2beegames is called IndiePub now, isn't it?

    Well either way don't forget about IndiePub's competition.
     
  13. PoV

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    I choose to forget about it, like any other contest you forfeit rights to for entering.
     
  14. Vino

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    Maybe you should list them under their own section for the sake of completeness?
     
  15. brawsome

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    It seems a lot of these competitions are to get you a publishing deal, but I'm not sure a lot of indies really want a publishing deal and would rather self publish. My two goals for submitting to competitions were to get more exposure and possibly win some money =0).
     
  16. Applewood

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    Yeah, and a publisher would never be able to do those things for you... ;)
     
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    Just saw Apps for Healthy Kids competition today. Got $60k total in prizes and the submission period ends at June 30th. Seems you need to be US resident to enter though. Maybe you could make a platformer where you have to dodge junk food and pick vegetables or something with evil junk food boss fight in the end of each level. Every time you pick junk food you gain weight and become slower & less agile :)

    Cheers, Jarkko
     
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  19. doodaddy

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    Thanks for the work @brawesome! Was looking for such a list myself.

    Since it is ~1 year later, anybody know of any updates to the list?
     
  20. lightassassin

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    I believe Activision has a new one. I will try turn up a link when I get home.
     

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