The UBM Game Network is accepting submissions for the 2017 Independent Games Festival starting August 1st. Indie developers are encouraged to enter their games for consideration. Chosen finalists will have their game on display and open for play during the festival. IGF 2017 runs from February 27th to March 3rd at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center as part of the annual Game Developers Conference.
Those who enter the competition will have the chance to win prizes in categories for Excellence in Audio, Design, Narrative, and Visual Arts. Six finalists are chosen for each category. The winner of each will receive a $3,000 cash prize. A lucky developer also has the chance to win the Seumas McNally Grand Prize of $30,000 or the Nuovo Award of $5,000. The Nuovo Award is given to games that challenge contemporary conceptions of what a video game can be. This year, IGF is also offering the alt.ctrl.GDC Award to games that use unique and inventive controllers.
Traditionally, the Independent Games Festival has brought attention to indie titles that are well-known and critically-acclaimed today. IGF 2016’s winners include Undertale, Her Story, and Mini Metro, for example. Other indie games like Papers, Please, Minecraft, Limbo, and Braid have snagged prizes at the festival in years past.
Submissions will be open until October 24th of this year.