The submission deadline for the Independent Games Festival is barely more than a month away and the prize pot just get even better. Originally the competition was for a pool of $55,000, distributed to the winners of various categories, but now Steam publishing deals are also on the table.
Like last year, the IGF has partnered with Valve to bring the finalists’ games to their wildly popular Steam platform. The winners of the six categories (Seumas McNally Grand Prize, Excellence In Design, Excellence In Art, Excellence In Narrative, Excellence in Audio, and the Nuovo Award) will not only receive a nice cash prize, they will have to option to bring their game to Steam.
Considering the financial success of Braid, Limbo, World of Goo, and other IGF winners that have ended up on Steam, this reward is far more valuable than the $5,000 the finalists will also receive. Finalists for IGF 2014 will be announced in January with the winners declared at Games Developer Conference 2014 in March.
I am excited to see what awesome games this year's IGF will bring to light, and now I will be able to buy them conveniently on Steam. Good luck to all of the competitors--you've only got one month left!