The organizers of the 2008 Independent Games Festival
(part of the CMP Game Group, as is Gamasutra) have announced that winners of web game competitions from Kongregate and Unity will be entered into this year's Best Web Game competition free of charge, helping to enhance the web game category for the 10th annual awards.
Previous winners of the Best Web Game category include Dad 'N Me
and Samorost 2
, and according to a statement on the official IGF website, Flash game site Kongregate
is running a competition where its 10 highest rated games of the year, as of September 15th 2007, will be entered into the IGF "Best Web Game" category free of charge.
In addition, OTEE is running a game development competition
for developers using Unity, their 3D game development tool. The contest is for online games played in a web browser using the Unity Web Player. In addition to a cash award and other prizes, the five contest finalists will each be entered into the IGF's “Best Web Game” category free of charge.
Overall, the 2008 IGF Main Competition will again be open to all independent developers to submit their games - whether it be on PC, console digital download, Web browser, or other more exotic formats. The prizes again total nearly $50,000, with a $20,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize, and the deadline to enter the Main Competition is Monday, October 1st 2007.
The 2008 IGF Student Competition will once again award the best student games, and this year will also include student 'mods' to existing games. As a result, the number of Student Showcase winners has been increased to 12. The deadline to enter the Student Competition is Monday, October 15th, 2007.