The Indie Showcase, Develop:Brighton’s competition to find the industry’s hottest new indie game, is now open for submissions. Developers can submit their games until Friday 3 September at https://www.developconference.com/whats-on/indie-showcase-competition.
Completely free to enter, the Indie Showcase is a fantastic opportunity for up-and-coming developers to exhibit their latest game at Develop:Brighton. Which this year takes place from Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 October.
A panel of expert industry judges, led by chair Alistair Aitcheson of The Incredible Playable Show, will determine the ten finalists, who will secure an incredible chance to showcase their game to media, fellow developers, and potential publishers who attend Develop:Brighton.
Finalists will also receive a three-day pass to Develop:Brighton, pre-event publicity, and a profile on the Develop:Brighton website.
All 10 shortlisted games will be featured at the Expo for delegates to play on Wednesday 27 October and Thursday 28 October at the Hilton Brighton Metropole during the conference.
During the final session on the final day of Develop:Brighton, two finalists will be selected as the winners of the competition. The People’s Choice award will be decided by attendees, and the Overall Winner by a panel of judges.
In 2019, the Overall Winner was Touch Type Tale - Strategic Typing from Pumpernickel Studio, with the People's Choice award going to Gladiabots by GFX47. In 2018, the People’s Choice award went to Skybolt Zack from DEVS MUST DIE. The Overall Winner was Triband’s WHAT THE GOLF?, which went on to win Best Mobile Game at the Develop:Star Awards two years later.
"Develop: Brighton was hands down the best B2B event we've attended,” said Maxime Jehenne of DEVS MUST DIE. “As a new indie studio, the showcase gave us the opportunity to meet many publishers, compared to other events. The location is great and we had some real fun in Brighton. You should definitely give the competition a try with a nice, polished demo, the networking and the whole event is really worth the shot!"
Tim Garbos, creative director at Triband adds: "Inspiration can come from anywhere, and that includes seeing the diverse and varied nominees for the Indie Showcase each year. Submit your games and help inspire others!"
The deadline for entries is Friday 3 September, 2021.
Full entry details can be found at: https://www.developconference.com/whats-on/indie-showcase-competition
“I’m really excited for the return of the Indie Showcase and can’t wait to open up the submissions for this year’s competition,” said panel chair Alistair Aitcheson of Alistair Aitcheson Games. “In 2019 we had some outstanding entries brimming with personality and showing off the incredible depth of talent the indie scene possesses!”
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About Develop:Brighton conference & expo
The Develop:Brighton conference is where the European developer community comes together to learn from each other and share experiences, be inspired by world renowned experts and gurus, get up-to-date with the latest development tools and techniques, make new contacts and catch up with old ones.
With a programme that is shaped by some of the industry's key figures, the conference touches all levels of the development community from the largest studios to the smallest indies; from development directors to programmers.
About The Develop:Star Awards
Taking place alongside the conference, the new Develop:Star Awards will recognise the very best of the game development community. The achievements of developers and success of great games and creativity will be celebrated across 18 categories, including one ultimate ‘Develop Star’. This award will honour an extraordinary game developer for outstanding achievement and contribution to the industry.
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