The Eight Annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) has submission guidelines and official rules now available. Several changes to the format include a $20,000 Grand Prize for best-in-show, a new modding competition (you can vote for which video games are used in this competition on www.igf.com), and better prizes for smaller award categories. Simon Carless, Co-Chairman of the IGF, expressed hope that these changes would draw a wider range of those entering. Judging will be done by industry professionals like Gregory Micek, Editor-In-Chief of DIY Games, and Brandon Sheffield, assistant editor at Game Developer Magazine.
Submission requirements are as following:
IGF Main Competition
Who Is Eligible: Open to all independent game developers (see guidelines), including student teams.
Competing for: $35,000 in cash (see the Awards Page for more details), plus sponsor prizes.
Entry Fee: $95, via credit card only.
Submissions Due: September 6, 2005 at 11:59pm PDT.
IGF Student Showcase
Who Is Eligible: Student teams only (see guidelines).
Competing for: School pride! The Student Showcase is non competitive. Selected teams are invitated to display their games at the IGF, and receive passes to the Game Developers Conference. A $500 travel allowance is provided to each team.
Entry Fee: None.
Submissions Due: November 15, 2005 at 11:59pm PDT.
IGF Modding Competition
Who Is Eligible: Any non-commercial mod teams (see guidelines).
Competing for: $10,000 in cash (see the Awards Page for more details)
Entry Fee: $95.
Submissions Due: October 2005.
Submissions will be accepted beginning in August 2005. The Festival takes place in San Jose, CA on March 20-24, 2006. For complete rules and entry forms, visit www.igf.com.