The Indie Showcase is sponsored by

At Develop:Brighton each year there's a dedicated area within the Expo called the Indie Showcase - sponsored by Xsolla, featuring 10 independently developed games not published by a third party that have been shortlisted by a panel of industry experts.

One of these 10 games will be judged overall Indie Showcase Winner by the judging panel and there will also be the chance for all delegates to vote for their favourite game during the event in the People's Choice Award.

If you'd like to be one of the studios showcasing your indie game at Develop:Brighton 2019, then just enter your game into our competition by completing the form below.

Deadline for entries is 22 May.


If you have any questions about the Indie Showcase please contact Ali Fearnley at:
T: +44 (0) (0)20 39276440

Good luck everyone!

Judging Panel

Judging Panel Chair: Alistair Aitcheson - Indie Developer, The Incredible Playable Show  


  • Bruce Slater - Indie Developer, Radical Forge
  • Phil Gaskell - Director, Ripstone
  • Korina Abbott - Indie Videogame Marketeer, KAGames
  • Andrew Smith - Indie Developer,  Spilt Milk Studios 
  • Romana Ramzan - Lecturer in Games Design, Glasgow Caledonian University  
  • Katie Goode - Director, Triangular Pixels
How it Works

Finalist Selection Process

Submitted games will be evaluated by a panel of games industry professionals appointed by Develop:Brighton. The judging panel will review all entries and select 10 finalists.

The first round of judging will be a review of the trailers and descriptions. Games chosen from the first round will then be played by members of the judging panel. The 10 finalists will be selected from those chosen. Successful finalists will be notified the w/c 15 June 2019.

The judging panel will use the following criteria to rate each submitted game:

  • Originality
  • Gameplay
  • Aesthetics
  • Technical Achievement –  Extra consideration will be given to developers who have written their own game engine and/or tools (level editors/ rendering engines/ physics engines)

The 10 finalists will receive a three-day pass to Develop:Brighton, up to five Expo passes, pre-event publicity and a profile on the event website. Most importantly however, the finalists will be able to show off their game to all the developers, press and publishers at the event.

Winner Selection Process

The 10 finalist games will be further evaluated at Develop:Brighton by the judging panel. The judges will meet during the conference to discuss the entrants and choose the Indie Showcase Winner. Points will be awarded based on these votes, and the game with the most points is the Indie Showcase Winner.

Conference attendees will have the chance to select their favourite game from the Showcase by voting onsite. The game with the most votes will be announced as the People's Choice Winner.

When are the winners announced?
The Indie Showcase and People's Choice winners will all be announced to press and delegates at Develop:Brighton on Thursday 11 July 2019. 

Deadline for Game Submissions is 20 May 2019

Competition Guidelines
  • Anyone can enter as long as you’re an independent game developer with no more than 15 people in the studio, the entered game is not publisher funded and is not published by a third party, the development budget for the game must be less than £1million and your game has been created in the “indie spirit”.
  • More than one game can be entered per developer.
  • All games must be a Release Candiate, Beta or have been released after July 2018.
  • If your game is complicated and you want to make sure that judges understand and play it correctly then you can attach a video link and any other background information to your submission form.
  • Once you’ve submitted your game we cannot accept any updates.
  • Your submitted game can run on any of these platforms: PC, console, web, mobile/tablet/handheld or VR platforms.
  • Games for the following VR platforms can be submitted: Gear VR, Google Cardboard (or equivalent), HTC Vive, Oculus Rift DK2 and consumer Rift , PlayStation VR, OSVR and Google Daydream.
  • If your game is to be released on both iOS and Android, then all being equal Android submissions would be preferred.
  • For iOS games, Testflight is the preferred method of submission. For distribution via Apple Testflight please include a public Testflight link in your submission. The submitted download link must be active for the duration of the judging period, until 15 June 2020
  • The submissions deadline is final – nothing received after 23:59 PST, 20 May 2019 will be considered for the Indie Showcase.
  • If your game is shortlisted you will be required to demo your game within the Showcase area during Expo hours on 10 and 11 July. We will provide a table and chairs, monitors and supply Internet connections (if required), but you will need to bring your own PC/console.
T's & C's

The Indie Showcase is only open to businesses and individuals who are 18 years or older

  • The submitted game must be created in the 'indie spirit' by an independent game developer, Develop:Brighton reserves the right to refuse any game at its sole discretion.
  • All entered games must be in a "beta" state or better (i.e. games must be feature-complete). At least 1 level of each game must be complete and fully playable.
  • The entered game must not be published by a third party at the time of submission.
  • Before submitting a game, the entrant must have obtained the written permission of all persons or entities having any rights in the entered Game.
  • If submitting via a download link, studios are responsible for the security of the link and password protection of files.
  • Game updates are not permitted once a game has been submitted.
  • All entrants must have acceptable licenses in place for all middleware, game engines, software and technology utilized in the games creation.
  • By completing an entry form all entrants thereby agree that all information supplied can be used for promotional purposes.
  • Each finalist will be responsible for their own travel costs, meals, accommodation, and any other associated costs.
  • Any individual finalist who is unable to attend may officially nominate a proxy attendee.
  • Develop:Brighton reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Indie Showcase Submissions at its sole discretion.
  • The Judges decision is final and cannot be appealed against.
  • Any information or materials submitted via the entry form may be used for promotional purposes if your game is shortlisted.

Indie Showcase Submissions Form

Just in case we need to contact you regarding your entry.
Please enter the handle only no @. e.g. developconf
Please post link and download instructions here:
Images should be high res jpg file.
Please add a downloadable file YouTube or Vimeo - for judging.
These formats only please .mpg, .mp4, .avi or .mov format - for use in awards presentation if you win.

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