All IGF finalists to be given Steam deal

Valve to grant finalists of indie game competition opportunity for a distribution deal through digital distribution hub.

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Though only one 2013 Independent Games Festival project will take home the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, all finalists in the competition's main categories will receive the opportunity to accept a Steam distribution deal, event organizers announced today.

The 2013 IGF Main Competition is composed of seven categories: the above-mentioned Seumas McNally Grand Prize, as well as awards for excellence in art, design, narrative, technicality, and audio, and the Nuovo Award. The finalists of each category will be granted a Steam deal, making their game available to an installed audience of 50 million members.

There are 587 entries in this year's main competition categories. Finalists will be named sometime in January 2013. The 2013 IGF will be held March 27, 2013, during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Past IGF finalists and winners include Braid, World of Goo, Super Meat Boy, Minecraft, and Fez.

Discussion

19 comments
IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

Sounds like an interesting idea if they support it properly and it doesnt turn into crap like the Xbox live indie section......

tgwolf
tgwolf

I'd almost say that was more of an insult than anything, but I guess Indies are desperate...Don't have to be but whatever.

obsequies
obsequies

this usually already happened anyways..if they weren't already up

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

oh lame, i thought they meant like sales D:

:P

ragnar320
ragnar320

good for them and amen to steam keeping gaming alive i love steam bought witcher 2 for 7.50 and it was the enchanced edition to boot

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

You know of all the bad and negative things that has been happening in this generation of gaming, Steam is the one great thing that I am happy about.  They continue to impress me, and I will support Valve in any way I can.

Sergeant_
Sergeant_

I try and imagine a gaming world without Steam, without customer service and putting your fans first, I try to imagine...all I can see is EA.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Great news for them. I'm sure some if not all of them will move on to great things.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

Awesome, good for them!

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

 @IanNottinghamX Well speaking that Steam has a huge indie selection i dont think that is a issue.

 

Not to mention we have the greenlight feature.People pay a small fee and their game idea,videos,concepts, and such are submitted to greenlight. Then we as the community gets to check it out and possibly approve it.

 

With enough approvals(there is a certain number that escapes me at the time) they are greenlit.Once lit all they have to do is send the final version to steam and it goes on sale on steam from there on.

 

There is so many interesting and inventive games to see there, you should check it out.

 

Personally i couldn't help but get a certain samurai sandbox game upvoted.Multiplayer too.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

 @tgwolf 

???

"... will receive the *opportunity to accept* a Steam distribution deal..."

What's so insulting about being offered an additional chance to increase distribution and revenue? :\

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

 @Sergeant_ 

I just bought Left 4 dead 2 the other day.

For $3.50

Even though it was a steal, it came with all the campaigns from L4D1, PLUS one extra campaign thrown in for good measure.

 

Back to Call of Duty Black Ops 1: It's still at a steady $59.99.

 

If valve ever disappears or goes public and become invertor-ruled (like EA, Activision) I will shed a solitary tear.

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

 @s_h_a_d_o  @tgwolf 

maybe because it already doesn't cost much to submit your produt to Steam Greenlight, where, if it's any good, will  be approved.

 

But maybe this deal includes something else... like some sort of in-store advertising.