Showcase your game at the IGF games competition

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Are you a budding game developer? Showcase your game in front of thousands of Industry experts at the IGF games competition in China!

IGF Game Design Competition The Independent Games Festival (IGF) is an annual event held at the Game Developers Conference in Shanghai, China. The 2014 IGF China event will be held from October 19th-21st and will consist of a games summit with discussions panels on industry relevant topics and a game developers competition which includes a student competition for the best independently created game!
Since 2009, IGF China has attracted aspiring game developers from all over the Pan - Pacific area, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Pakistan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Iran and Turkey. Last year saw over 250 individual entries which is a 308% increase since the competition's inception in 2009. The IGF competition is a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase your talents in front of some of the best developers in Asia. For detailed rules of entry, please see:  http://gdcchina.com/events/igfrules.html. The Prizes: [one_half last='no' class=' id='] The Main Competition will give out six major awards:
  • Best Game (RMB20, 000 or $3,432 AUD)
  • Best Mobile Game (RMB10, 000 or $1,716 AUD)
  • Excellence in Audio  (RMB5, 000 or $858 AUD)
  • Excellence in Design (RMB5,000 or $858 AUD)
  • Excellence in Technology (RMB5,000 or $858 AUD)
  • Excellence in Visual Arts (RMB5, 000 or $858 AUD)
The Student Competition will have two major awards:
  • Best Student Game (RMB10, 000 or $1,716 AUD)
  • Excellent Student Winner (RMB3, 000 or $514 AUD, 2 Winners)
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Students are welcome to take part in both the main and student competitions. Besides the cash prizes, finalists will make numerous industry connections as well as receive invaluable feedback on their game. All finalists will receive two All Access passes to the IGF awards ceremony and will be offered exposure to many successful developers.

<strong>The Chinese Game Industry </strong>

The exposure that your game will receive as a finalist in at the IGF in China will be invaluable. China is the number one country in the world for videogame consumption. Here are some reasons why you should want your game exposed to this market:
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        <li>The Chinese marketgrew from $10 million in 2001 to $10 billion at the end of 2012</li>
        <li>Online games alone took in $5.1 billion in revenue in first half of 2013</li>
        <li>In 2013, PC games shared 65% of the Chinese game market (increased by 18.9% YOY) and web games shared 15% (increased by 57.4% YOY)</li>
        <li>In 2014 there will be 245 million Chinese PC online gamers eager to connect with friends via digital entertainment sources – roughly equal to 78% of the current population of the United States.</li>
        <li>There are more Smartphone owners in China than the total populations of the United States, the UK, and Canada combined.</li>
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<strong>Australian Success in China </strong>

Ski Safari is one of the biggest mobile games in China. Developed by Brisbane based studio <a title=Defiant Development, Ski Safari currently has more than 50 million Chinese players, averaging around 250,000 downloads a day! This is a good example of a successful collaboration between an Aussie indie developer and a local partner to localise the game for a new market. Success in this competition could open up numerous doors for your game to be exposed all over the world. What are you waiting for? Entries close on July 25th so be quick!