Indie Game Challenge Fact Sheet

Indie Game Challenge logoDo you love creating video games?  Maybe it’s what you do every day, or it’s a hobby you enjoy.  Either way, this is THE CHALLENGE for you.  You or your team could enter your game in the 2010 Indie Game Challenge for a life-changing opportunity to win a $100,000 grand prize and a chance to get your game published and mingle with video game industry icons in Las Vegas!

Who Is Eligible:

Both professional and amateur developers are eligible to enter the Indie Game Challenge.  Pros are defined as individuals or teams in which any member has at least two years of professional game studio or digital creation employment OR has been credited on a published game. Non-pros are individuals or teams in which no member has two years or more of professional game studio or digital creation employment OR has been credited on a published game.

Judging Criteria:

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality – uniqueness of concept
  • Creativity – implementation and innovation in mechanics
  • Playability – ease of use, fun factor and replayability

Finalists and Awards:

Up to 12 finalist teams (six pro and six non-pro) will be announced on or about Jan. 15, 2010.  Up to five members of each finalist team will be flown to an awards reception on Feb. 19, 2010, at the Red Rock Casino Resort Spa in Las Vegas following AIAS’s annual D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit.  D.I.C.E. is a once yearly conference dedicated to exploring approaches to the creative process and artistic expression as they uniquely apply to the development of interactive entertainment.

Separate $100,000 awards will be presented to the winners in the professional and non-professional categories.  Additional prize monies will be awarded to finalists chosen through People’s Choice voting.  Also, up to $60,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including a full scholarship to attend The Guildhall at SMU.

In addition to the awards presentation, each finalist will receive the unique opportunity to pitch their game ideas face-to-face to executives from such publishers as Sony, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Capcom, Microsoft, NAMCO/Bandai, THQ and Ubisoft.  These meetings will allow the competitors to receive valuable input and have the opportunity to seek commercial avenues for their games.  Finalists will also gain national exposure and have a chance at additional prize monies by having their pitch videos posted on and GameStop TV for People’s Choice Award voting.

Key Dates:

  • Entry Period: July 14-Oct. 1, 2009
  • Finalists Announcement: Jan. 15, 2010
  • Awards Ceremony and Grand Prize Presentation: Feb. 19, 2010

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