I received an email recently informing me about the Indie Game Challenge. Here’s Lord British in a somewhat humorous video to simultaneously poke fun at wannabe game developers and introduce the contest:
The Challenge is designed to be the preeminent competition for video game developers by offering winners almost $300,000 in prize money and scholarships, including $100,000 grand prize awards for both the winning professional and non-professional games. In addition, finalists will receive national exposure and be eligible for additional prize money by having their pitch videos posted on GameStop.com and GameStop TV for People’s Choice Award voting. Complete entry and contest details are available at www.indiegamechallenge.com.
If I understand the rules correctly, you have until October 1st to submit a game and a pitch video explaining why you and your team should win. Prizes include a scholarship to The Guildhall, opportunities to pitch your game to a major game publisher, and cash.
Whether this contest is life-changing remains to be seen. It bothers me a bit that one of the prizes for this “indie” contest is getting the ear of Capcom, Nintendo, Microsoft, EA, and others, effectively making it less indie to me, but it could be a big opportunity if you aren’t as concerned.
If anyone is planning on joining this contest, feel free to post a comment here! I’d love to hear about your decision, your team, and your game!