Organizers are reminding that there are less than 24 hours until the Student Competition deadline for the 2012 Independent Games Festival, being held at the Game Developers Conference 2012
in San Francisco next March 5-9.
The Independent Games Festival
is the longest-running and highest-profile independent video game festival, summit, and showcase, and the deadline for the IGF 2012 Student Competition is Monday, October 31st at 11:59pm PT.
The IGF has already revealed
record numbers of entrants for the Main Competition, with nearly 570 games competing, a more than forty five percent jump over 2011's total entries.
Student Competition finalists will be announced in January 2012, and will be available in playable form at the IGF Pavilion on the GDC show floor from March 7-9, 2012.
Notable former student game finalists include Narbacular Drop
, the precursor to the acclaimed Portal
, as well as Cloud
from the embryonic Thatgamecompany team, recent cult hit Octodad
, and more.
Newly submitted student titles will compete for $7,000 in prizes, which includes prizes for eight Student Showcase Winners and one prize for Best Student Game. 2012 Independent Games Festival prizes for both Main and Student Competitions total more than $50,000.
As noted above, submissions to the Student Competition are still open to all student game developers
, with many entrants waiting until the last minute to polish versions of their game for more than 150 IGF judges. A full list of student entrants will be released on the IGF website in the days following the submission deadline, as also happened with the Main Competition.
Important dates for IGF 2012 - organized by the UBM TechWeb Game Network, as is this website - are as follows:
- June 30, 2011 - Submissions are Open
- October 17, 2011 - Submission Deadline, Main Competition
- October 31, 2011 - Submission Deadline, Student Competition
- January 5, 2012 - Finalists Announced, Main Competition
- January 12, 2012 - Finalists Announced, Student Competition
- March 5 - March 9, 2012 - Game Developers Conference 2012
- March 5 - March 6, 2012 - Indie Games Summit @ GDC 2012
- March 7 - March 9, 2012 - IGF Pavilion @ GDC 2012
Winners will be announced on stage at the high-profile Independent Games Festival Awards on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The Independent Games Festival Awards are held immediately before the wider Game Developers Choice Awards
Both multi-thousand person attendee award shows are part of the 2012 Game Developers Conference
, taking place March 5th - March 9th, 2012. GDC 2012 also includes the 2012 Independent Games Summit, which is entering its sixth year and offers two days (March 5-6) of inspiration, practical lectures, and rants from the top minds in the independent games world.
For more information on the 2012 Independent Games Festival, including submission specifics, frequently asked questions, and more discussion on this year's contest from the IGF Chairman, please visit the official Independent Games Festival website