The Indie Showcase, Develop:Brighton’s annual competition to find the industry’s hottest new indie game, is now open for submissions. Developers can submit their games until 20 May, at https://www.developconference.com/whats-on/indie-showcase-competition.
Judged by a panel of industry experts, the Indie Showcase, sponsored by Xsolla, is a fantastic opportunity for up-and-coming developers to exhibit their latest game at Develop:Brighton. The competition is completely free to enter, with the top ten finalists securing an incredible chance to showcase their game to media, fellow developers, and potential publishers who attend the conference.
All 10 shortlisted games will be featured in the Expo for visitors to play on Wednesday 10 July and Thursday 11 July at the Hilton Brighton Metropole during the conference.
Finalists will also receive a three-day pass to Develop:Brighton, pre-event publicity, and a profile on the Develop:Brighton website.
On Thursday 11 July, 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. The winners will be announced during the final session on the final day of Develop:Brighton.
In 2018 more than 100 titles entered the Indie Showcase, with popular parody golf physics simulator WHAT THE GOLF? and fast-paced arcade platformer Skybolt Zack elected the Overall and People’s Choice winners respectively.
"Develop:Brighton was hands down the best B2B event we attended. As a new indie studio, the showcase gave us the opportunity to meet many publishers, compared to other events,” said Maxime Jehenne, Producer of Skybolt Zack. “You should definitely give the competition a try with a nice polished demo. The networking and the whole event is really worth the shot!"
Another highlight from last year’s Indie Showcase was Tanglewood, a game developed on cartridge specifically for the SEGA Mega Drive, which went on to win the Game Development World Championship Fan Favourite award in 2018.
The deadline for entries is Monday, 20 May 2019.
Full entry details can be found at: https://www.developconference.com/indie-showcase-competition
“At Xsolla we’re here to ensure the best ideas get made, get seen and get played,” said Aiman Seksembaeva, Director of Business Development at Indie Showcase sponsor Xsolla. “Supporting the Indie Showcase is a perfect fit for us and we can’t wait to see and play the games that get shortlisted.”
Judging Panel Chair: Alistair Aitcheson - Indie Developer, Alistair Aitcheson Games
“I’m really excited to open up the submissions for this year’s Indie Showcase,” said panel chair Alistair Aitcheson of Alistair Aitcheson Games. “Last year we had some outstanding entries, full of wit and personality and resulting from incredible amounts of skill and dedication. I can’t wait to see what this year’s developers have to offer!”
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About Develop:Brighton conference & expo
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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.
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