Developers from 63 countries submitted 470 games for multiple platforms. This is an increase of over 20 percent compared to last year. PC is still the strongest platform with nearly 44 percent of all submitted games – closely followed by mobile games equally among both platforms (iOS/Android). In the coming weeks, 38 judges will select the 120 best indie games which will be invited to showcase at the Indie Prize area during Casual Connect Europe in Berlin.
Indie Prize has international partners around the world, united under the Game Nations community banner. Those partners nominate the best games in their local contests to participate in the showcase in Berlin without going through the internal Indie Prize process. The winners receive a guaranteed spot at the upcoming Indie Prize Showcase with two free all-access passes and free accommodation during the conference.
The list of games nominated for Indie Prize Berlin by the Game Nations community are:
Poland: FreeGalactus Winner – Book of Demons
Egypt: Run Double Jump Winner – Pix Hop
The Netherlands: Dutch Game Awards Winner – FRU
The Netherlands: Indigo Winner – Tied Together
Moldova: Game Factory Jam Winner – Colonize
Belarus: DevGAMM Winner- Pathologic
Czech Republic: Game Developers Session Winner – Mashinky
Germany: Respawn Winner – unWorded
Ukraine: Games Gathering Conference Winner- Deuterium Wars
Ukraine: GetIT Kyiv 2016 Winner – caRRage
Sweden: Sweden Game Conference Winner – Passpartout
Argentina: Eva Cordoba Winner- Okhlos
Romania: DevPlay Winner- Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge
India: NASSCOM Winner- Missing : Game for a cause
Lithuania: GameOn Winner – Monster Buster
Russia: White Nights Winner – Pig Bang
France: Indie Games Play 7 – Double Kick Heroes
Italy: Codemotion Winner – Edge Guardian
“We are overwhelmed by the amount of submitted games this year. It’s great to see that studios from all over the world would like to showcase their projects and take part in the Indie Prize scholarship program,” said Yuliya Moshkaryova, Indie Prize Director. “We are also thrilled that a fourth of the submitted games have already participated in past Indie Prizes and, of course, that more than 70 percent of the games applied for the first time. It’s an unbelievable opportunity for them to network and exchange experiences with the best indie developers from every corner of the globe!”
All the Indie Prize judges are veterans of the gaming industry and represent the following companies: Yodo1 Games, Rovio, Zeptolab, Unity Technologies, RJ Games, GameFounders, Tenjin, Eye For Games, Amazon.com, Demiforce, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe, Stugan, Exit Games, I Teut You So, Affiniti Ventures|AV(M) & IPC, Big Boat Interactive, VK.com and many more.
The Indie Prize Scholarship provides the opportunity for qualified indie development teams to showcase their games at Casual Connect – a conference created for professional developers and publishers in the video game industry. Along with a showcase table, indie developers are provided with two free all-access passes to Casual Connect, granting access to the Indie Prize Showcase, educational sessions and networking parties. Showcase participants will also be able to compete for 10 different awards with winners being announced 9 February at the Indie Prize Awards ceremony during Casual Connect Europe 2017.
The final list of participants will be announced one month before the show in January 2017