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2011 Indie Game Challenge - win $100,000

The second annual Indie Game Challenge is now taking submissions for 2011. Enter your game/idea for a chance to win $100,000 and the opportunity to pitch your idea to major publishers. There are seperate categories for professional and non-professional developers.

"The Indie Game Challenge is a game design competition that supports the independent games movement by providing game developers with the rare opportunity to showcase their skills and catapult their careers to the next level.

Presented by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), GameStop and The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University, the competition offers almost $350,000 in prize monies and scholarships, including a $100,000 grand prize for both the winning professional and non-professional games, and a life-changing opportunity. Finalists will also receive national exposure and be eligible for additional prize money by having their pitch videos posted on and GameStop TV for People’s Choice Award voting.

Professional and non-professional individuals or teams are asked to submit game betas and game pitch videos by Oct. 1, 2010. Up to 12 finalist teams will be announced in January, and each finalist team will receive $500 per person towards travel costs for 5 team members to an awards reception Feb. 12, 2011, at the Red Rock Casino Resort Spa in Las Vegas following AIAS’s D.I.C.E. Summit. Each finalist team will also receive the opportunity to pitch their game ideas to executives from Sony, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Capcom, Microsoft, NAMCO/Bandai, THQ and Ubisoft, giving them an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

If you have a game you and your team would like to submit, or if you simply want to support independent game developers, visit"

Prizes Include:

Professional - $100,000 Grand Prize Winner

Non-Professional - $100,000 Grand Prize Winner

Twelve Finalists – grouped into six Professional and six Non-Professional – will each receive:

$500 USD per person stipend for travel arrangements to attend awards ceremony, publisher meeting, and trophy presentation at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, 11011 W. Charleston, Las Vegas, NV 89135. Maximum of 5 attendees per team. Individuals are responsible for arranging their own travel and lodging to attend event.

An audition session with a professional game publisher (like Capcom, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Activision, Nintendo, Sony, THQ, and Ubisoft) of no more than 30 minutes in which Finalist will have opportunity to showcase game for possible publishing contract, which would be offered only at sole and unfettered discretion of participating professional game publisher.

Three Skill Award Winners to be selected from Finalists:

$2,500 USD - Technical Skill Award Winner

$2,500 USD - Art Skill Award Winner

$2,500 USD – Gameplay Skill Award Winner


All contest participants who opt in during registration process may be considered for a $50,000 scholarship to attend The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University for graduate professional game development program.

As always be sure to read the official contest rules before entering

2010 winners:

Cogs by Lazy 8 Studio - professional

Gear by Team 3 - non-professional

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