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The Independent Games Festival (IGF) is an annual festival at the Game Developers Conference, the largest annual gathering of the indie video game industry. It was founded in 1998 to assist and inspire innovation in video game development and to recognize the best independent video game developers.[1] IGF was founded to create for the independent game community the same benefit the Sundance Film Festival has brought to the independent film community,[1] and is produced by the CMP Game Group, producers of the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, and Gamasutra.com.[1]

The competition, now in its 14th year, awards a total of $50,000 in prizes to independent developers in Main Competition and Student Competition categories at the IGF Awards Ceremony, which is one of the highlights of the Game Developers Conference, and was held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on March 7, 2012.[2]

Competition Structure[edit]

The festival awards ceremony is split into two broad categories: the main IGF competition and the IGF Student Showcase.[1]

The main Independent Games Festival, held on March 2012 at San Francisco's GDC 2012, distributed nine major awards:[1]

  • Seumas McNally Grand Prize ($30,000)
  • Nuovo Award ($5,000) (originally Innovation Award)
  • Excellence In Visual Art ($3,000)
  • Excellence In Audio ($3,000)
  • Excellence in Design ($3,000)
  • Technical Excellence ($3,000)
  • Best Mobile Game ($3,000)
  • Audience Award ($3,000)

An additional award, "Excellent in Narrative", was added for the 2013 IGF.[3]

In addition, the IGF's Student Showcase competition gives out the following awards each year:

  • IGF Student Showcase Winner (eight winners, $500)
  • Best Student Game ($3000)

IGF Competition award history[edit]

(Main) IGF Competition[edit]

Seumas McNally Grand Prize ($30,000)[edit]

  • 2013: Cart Life
  • 2012: Fez
  • 2011: Minecraft
  • 2010: Monaco
  • 2009: Blueberry Garden
  • 2008: Crayon Physics Deluxe
  • 2007: Aquaria
  • 2006: Darwinia
  • 2005: (Open Category) Gish and (Web/Downloadable) Wik and the Fable of Souls
  • 2004: (Open Category) Savage: The Battle for Newerth and (Web/Downloadable) Oasis
  • 2003: Wild Earth
  • 2002: Bad Milk
  • 2001: Shattered Galaxy
  • 2000: Tread Marks
  • 1999: Fire And Darkness

Nuovo (Innovation) Award ($5,000)[edit]

  • 2013: Cart Life
  • 2012: Storyteller
  • 2011: Nidhogg
  • 2010: Tuning
  • 2009: Between

Excellence In Visual Art ($3,000)[edit]

  • 2013: Kentucky Route Zero
  • 2012: Dear Esther
  • 2011: BIT.TRIP RUNNER
  • 2010: Limbo
  • 2009: Machinarium
  • 2008: Fez
  • 2007: Castle Crashers
  • 2006: Darwinia
  • 2005: (Open Category) Alien Hominid and (Web/Downloadable) Wik and the Fable of Souls
  • 2004: (Open Category) Spartan and (Web/Downloadable) Dr. Blob's Organism
  • 2003: Wild Earth
  • 2002: Banja Taiyo
  • 2001: Hardwood Spades
  • 2000: King of Dragon Pass
  • 1999: Crime Cities

Excellence In Audio ($3,000)[edit]

  • 2013: 140
  • 2012: Botanicula
  • 2011: Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • 2010: Closure
  • 2009: BrainPipe
  • 2008: Audiosurf
  • 2007: Everyday Shooter
  • 2006: Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space
  • 2005: (Open Category) Steer Madness and (Web/Downloadable) Global Defense Network
  • 2004: (Open Category) Anito: Defend a Land Enraged and (Web/Downloadable) Dr. Blob's Organism
  • 2003: Terraformers
  • 2002: Bad Milk
  • 2001: Chase Ace 2
  • 2000: Blix
  • 1999: Terminus

Excellence in Design ($3,000)[edit]

  • 2013: FTL: Faster Than Light
  • 2012: Spelunky
  • 2011: Desktop Dungeons
  • 2010: Monaco
  • 2009: Musaic Box
  • 2008: World of Goo
  • 2007: Everyday Shooter
  • 2006: Braid
  • 2005: (Open Category) Gish and (Web/Downloadable) Wik and the Fable of Souls
  • 2004: (Open Category) Bontãgo and (Web/Downloadable) Oasis
  • 2003: Wild Earth
  • 2002: Insaniquarium
  • 2001: Shattered Galaxy
  • 2000: Tread Marks
  • 1999: Resurrection

Technical Excellence ($3,000)[edit]

  • 2013: Little Inferno
  • 2012: Antichamber
  • 2011: Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • 2010: Limbo
  • 2009: Cortex Command
  • 2008: World of Goo
  • 2007: Bang! Howdy
  • 2006: Darwinia
  • 2005: (Open Category) Alien Hominid and (Web/Downloadable) RocketBowl
  • 2004: (Open Category) Savage: The Battle for Newerth and (Web/Downloadable) Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates
  • 2003: Reiner Knizia's Samurai
  • 2002: Ace Of Angels
  • 2001: Shattered Galaxy
  • 2000: Tread Marks
  • 1999: Terminus

Best Mobile Game ($3,000)[edit]

  • 2012: Beat Sneak Bandit
  • 2011: Hellsing's Fire

Best Web Browser Game (2006-2008)[edit]

  • 2008: Iron Dukes ($2,500)
  • 2007: Samorost 2 ($2,500)
  • 2006: Dad 'N Me ($2,500)
  • This category replaced the separate prizes for Web/Downloadable games awarded in 2004 & 2005.

Audience Award ($3,000)[edit]

  • 2013: FTL: Faster Than Light
  • 2012: Frozen Synapse
  • 2011: Minecraft
  • 2010: Heroes of Newerth
  • 2009: Cortex Command
  • 2008: Audiosurf
  • 2007: Castle Crashers
  • 2006: Dofus
  • 2005: (Open Category) Alien Hominid and (Web/Downloadable) N
  • 2004: (Open Category) Savage: The Battle for Newerth and (Web/Downloadable) Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates
  • 2003: Pontifex II
  • 2002: Kung Fu Chess
  • 2001: Shattered Galaxy
  • 2000: The Rift (Far Gate)
  • 1999: Fire And Darkness

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  • 2012 Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade Award: Super T.I.M.E. Force
  • 2011 Direct2Drive Vision Award: Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • 2010 Direct2Drive Vision Award: Max and the Magic Marker
  • 2009 Direct2Drive Vision Award: Osmos
  • 2008 Gleemie Awards (1x $5,000, 1x $3,000, 1x $2,000): Desktop Tower Defense, Skyrates, Quadradius
  • 2007 GameTap Awards (1x $10,000, 2 x $5,000): Everyday Shooter, Blast Miner, Roboblitz
  • 2006 Adultswim.com Award ($5,000): Dodge That Anvil
  • 2005 Cartoon Network "Project Goldmaster" Award (making a game for Cartoon Network): Digital Builders
  • 2004 AOL/Cartoon Network "Project Goldmaster" Award (making a game for Cartoon Network): Flashbang Studios

IGF Mod Competition (2006–2007)[edit]

2007 Mod Awards[edit]

Best Mod ($5,000 Overall): Weekday Warrior (Half-Life 2)
Best Singleplayer FPS Mod ($500): Weekday Warrior (Half-Life 2)
Best Multiplayer FPS Mod ($500): Eternal Silence (Eternal Silence (Half-Life 2)
Best RPG Mod ($500): Darkness over Daggerford (Neverwinter Nights)
Best 'Other' Mod ($500): Spawns Of Deflebub (Unreal Tournament 2004)

2006 Mod Awards[edit]

Best Mod – Doom 3 ($2,500): Last Man Standing Coop
Best Mod – Half-Life 2 ($2,500): Dystopia
Best Mod – Neverwinter Nights ($2,500): Rose Of Eternity: Chapter 1
Best Mod – Unreal Tournament 2004 ($2,500): Path Of Vengeance

IGF Student Showcase Winner[edit]

  • 2013: Zineth
  • 2012: Way
  • 2011: FractOctodad
  • 2010: ContinuityDreamside MaroonGearIgneous
  • 2009: Tag: The Power of Paint
  • 2008: Synaesthete
  • 2007: Toblo
  • 2006: BallisticCloudColormentalNarbacular DropOcular InkOrblitzPaletteSea of ChaosGoliathNERO
  • 2005: DyadinIntergalactic Shopping ManiacsMutton MayhemRock StationScavenger HuntSoccer RefSquirrel SquabbleStars and StripesTeam RobotWar, Siege & Conquest: Battle for Gaia
  • 2004: Dark Archon 2Fatal TractionGrowbotHexvexHyperbolIce WarsKube KombatScrappedTreefort WarsXazzon

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