Activision Indie Games Competition opens submissions

Publisher puts out call for contenders in second competition celebrating work of bedroom coders; $250,000 to be given to top two entrants.

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Earlier this year, Activision awarded a total of $250,000 to the two winners of the inaugural Activision Independent Games Competition. While the publisher of blockbusters like Call of Duty is not often associated with indie gaming, Activision is sticking with its "commitment to fostering creativity in the independent development community," bringing the competition back for a second installment.

Activision is giving $250,000 to a pair of fortunate independent developers next year.

Activision today posted an open call for submissions to the second Activision Independent Games Competition. The stakes are the same as last time, with a grand prize winner receiving a check for $175,000 and a first place entrant taking home $75,000. To be considered as a finalist in the competition, creators will need to sign agreements that "may include" giving Activision right of first refusal to publish the game, releasing the publisher from any claims, giving the company name and likeness publicity rights, and providing a splash screen in the game acknowledging it was in part funded by the competition.

Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2011. Finalists will be notified on or around February 15, 2012. A jury to determine the winner will be provided by organizers of the annual IndieCade Festival and Conference. This year's IndieCade is set to take place this weekend in Culver City, California.

Discussion

17 comments
Quezakolt
Quezakolt

send us your ideas.. we will steal them.. mwhahaha. fk activision.

anonimitie
anonimitie

Wow, what a bunch of negativity here. It maybe that they are looking for new ideas but, they are giving nobody's an opportunity, as well. Good for them!

Daian
Daian

AKA " We have milked our franchises to death and are incapable of creating something new and original so we need help really bad!"

LordMaza
LordMaza

I have this great idea... and i call it: "Street Cleaning Simulator"

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

Merely a company image promotion

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

Here's the part that worries me: Forcing potential finalists to sign a contract [with Activision] seems very suspect here. Who knows how much small print and legalese it'll have. Better have a good lawyer on call if you plan on being part of this competition.

msfan1289
msfan1289

an other way for Activision to take ideas from indie makers because they ran out of ideas them selfs.

daabulls23
daabulls23

I bet the game must have a plan for DLC.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I wonder how much they're charging to enter the competition? ;)

ryzrocks
ryzrocks

yea and they might make those winners of this competition to make the next COD..:P

supertom221
supertom221

If this is Activision's pathetic attempt to make a better image for themselves, it fails. The competition will work, for sure. But they are still a greedy money hungry company that wants to turn video games into market stocks. Not buyin' it, Bobby, not buyin' it.

Link3301
Link3301

Yes, just what we need, Activision getting their slimy hands on Indie games. All this leads to is Activision destroying the real developers as they become like studios such as Treyarch, Infinity Ward, and whoever that studios was that made Guitar Hero.

jcbullen
jcbullen

Am I the only one that doesn't like it when they have a grand prize, followed by first prize? First prize should be the top prize dammit. Meh, semantics.