PSA: The IGF 2016 Competition deadline is one week away!

Game devs, don't miss the IGF deadline! Submissions for the 2016 Independent Games Festival Competition entries are due next Monday, October 26th.

Game makers, don't forget: The Competition submission deadline for the 2016 Independent Games Festival ends next Monday, October 26th at 11:59PM PDT!

The Independent Games Festival is the signature competition for indie games, to be held for the 18th year running during GDC 2016 in San Francisco next March. It follows a record-breaking year which saw nearly 1,000 submissions for IGF 2015, including winners like 80 DaysMetamorphabet and Outer Wilds.

Submit now ahead of the October 26th deadline to be considered for the 2016 IGF; finalists will be announced in January of next year. Finalists’ games will be playable at the IGF Pavilion on the Game Developers Conference 2016 Expo Floor, and will compete for more than $50,000 in prizes.

The Independent Games Festival is the longest-running and highest profile independent video game festival, summit and showcase. It has served as a springboard for several games that have gone on to become critical and cultural hits. Previous IGF prize winners from the past 18 years include Outer WildsRisk of Rain, Spelunky, Luxuria Superbia, Fez, Minecraft, Limbo, World of Goo, Braid and many more of the game industry’s breakout independent titles.

The Independent Games Festival is a part of the 2016 Game Developers Conference, which will be held from March 14th - 18th, 2016 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. IGF continues to be the largest annual gathering of independent video game developers, showcasing top talent across the industry and keeping a pulse on the future of independent games.

Important dates for IGF 2016 are as follows:

  • July 31, 2015: Submissions Opened!
  • October 26, 2015: Submission Deadline
  • Early January, 2016: Finalists Announced
  • March 14 - March 18, 2016: Game Developers Conference 2016
  • March 14 - March 15, 2016: Indie Games Summit @ GDC
  • March 16 - March 18, 2016: IGF Pavilion @ GDC
  • March 16, 2016: IGF Awards Ceremony (Winners Announced!)

For a complete list of information on the 2016 Independent Games Festival, including submission specifics and frequently asked questions, please visit the official Independent Games Festival website.

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