Following record Main Competition entries
, organizers of the 2010 Independent Games Festival -- the leading worldwide independent games showcase -- have revealed 193 Student Showcase entries, a record 33% more entries than last year.
After this year's 12th Annual IGF Main Competition -- just one of the three IGF competitions taking place this year -- amassed 306 game entries
, information on the almost 200 Student Showcase entries is now available on the official IGF website
Previous notable IGF Student Showcase honorees have included DigiPen's Narbacular Drop
(evolved into Valve's acclaimed Portal
), USC's The Misadventures Of P.B. Winterbottom
(now signed by 2K Games for XBLA), Hogeschool van de Kunsten's The Blob
(made into a console title by THQ as De Blob
), and early USC/ThatGameCompany (Flower
) title Cloud
This year's IGF Student Showcase entries will be judged by an opt-in subset of the more than 160 notable game industry judges, before the student-specific finalists are announced in mid-January 2010.
Ten Student Showcase winners will be given all-access GDC 2010 tickets to show their games at the show, as well as $500 towards travel costs. The overall Best Student Game will be awarded $2500 at the IGF ceremony during Game Developers Conference 2010
-- run by Think Services, as is Gamasutra -- in San Francisco next March.
Finally, IGF 2010 organizers are reminding that entries to the IGF Mobile competition
-- encompassing iPhone, mobile phone, PSP, DS, Android and other handheld games -- are due by December 1st, 2009.