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Overview

The Independent Game Festival was set up in 1998 by Think Services. It was created as a means to promote indie games and encourage innovation in the developers who make them. The event is held concurrently with the Game Developers Conference in Moscone Center, San Francisco.

The main highlight of the festival is the IGF Awards, which is held on the third night of the GDC. It puts a spotlight on the best independent games of the year and gives them a cash prize, varying from $20,000, for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, to $2,500, for all other awards (except sponsored prizes).

In 2004 and 2005 the awards were split into two sections - Open Category (OC) and Web/Downloadable (WD).

SEUMAS MCNALLY GRAND PRIZE

YearGameDeveloper
2014Papers, PleaseLucas Pope
2013Cart LifeRichard Hofmeier
2012FezPolytron
2011MinecraftMojang
2010MonacoPocketwatch Games
2009Blueberry GardenErik Svednag
2008Crayon Physics DeluxeKloonigames
2007AquariaBit Blot
2006DarwiniaIntroversion
2005 (OC)GishEdmund McMillen
2005 (WD)Wik & the Fable of SoulsReflexive Entertainment
2004 (OC)Savage: The Battle of NewerthS2 Games
2004 (WD)Oasis
2003Wild Earth
2002Bad MilkDreaming Media
2001Shattered GalaxyKRU Interactive
2000Tread MarksLongbow Games
1999Fire and Darkness

Prize Money (as of 2011) - $20,000

EXCELLENCE IN VISUAL ART

YearGameDeveloper
2014GorogoaJason Roberts
2013Kentucky Route ZeroCardboard Computer
2012Dear EstherTheChineseRoom
2011BIT.TRIP RUNNERGaijin Games
2010LimboPlaydead
2009MachinariumAmanita Design
2008FezPolytron
2007Castle CrashersThe Behemoth
2006DarwiniaIntroversion
2005 (OC)Alien HominidThe Behemoth
2005 (WD)Wik & the Fable of SoulsReflexive Entertainment
2004 (OC)Spartan
2004 (WD)Dr Blob's Organism
2003Wild Earth
2002Banja Taiyo
2001Hardwood Spades
2000King of Dragon Pass
1999Crime Cities

Prize Money (as of 2011) - $2,500

INNOVATION (NUOVO) AWARD

YearGameDeveloper
2014Luxuria SuperbiaTale of Tales BVBA
2013Cart LifeRichard Hofmeier
2012Storyteller
2011NidhoggMesshof
2010TuningCactus
2009BetweenJason Rohrer
2008World of Goo2D Boy
2007Everyday ShooterQueasy Games
2006BraidNumber None
2005 (OC)GishEdmund McMillen
2005 (WD)Wik & the Fable of SoulsReflexive Entertainment
2004 (OC)Bontago
2004 (WD)Oasis
2003Wild Earth
2002Insaniquarium
2001Shattered Galaxy
2000Tread Marks
1999Resurrection

Prize Money (as of 2011) - $2,500

EXCELLENCE IN AUDIO AWARD

YearGameDeveloper
2014Device 6Simogo
2013140Jakob Schmid
2012BotaniculaAmanita Design
2011Amnesia: The Dark DescentFrictional Games
2010Closure
2009BrainPipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity
2008Audiosurf
2007Everyday Shooter
2006Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space
2005 (OC)Steer Madness
2005 (WD)Global Defense Network
2004 (OC)Anito: Defend a Land Enraged
2004 (WD)Dr Blob's Organism
2003Terraformers
2002Bad Milk
2001Chase Ace 2
2000Blix
1999Terminus

Prize Money (as of 2011) - $2,500

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD

YearGameDeveloper
2013Little InfernoTomorrow Corporation
2012AntichamberDemruth
2011Amnesia: The Dark DescentFrictional Games
2010Limbo
2009Cortex Command
2008World of Goo2D Boy
2007Bang! Howdy
2006Darwinia
2005 (OC)Alien HominidThe Behemoth
2005 (WD)RocketBowl
2004 (OC)Savage: The Battle of Newerth
2004 (WD)Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates
2003Reiner Knizia's Samurai
2002Ace of Angles
2001Shattered Galaxy
2000Tream Marks
1999Terminus

Prize Money (as of 2012) - $3000

On the 8th of August 2013, IGF Chairman Bradon Boyer announced that the Technical Excellence category was being removed from competition. As a result of this, the other main categories would now feature six finalists instead of five.

BEST WEB BROWSER GAME AWARD

  • 2008 - Iron Dukes
  • 2007 - Samorost 2
  • 2006 - Dad 'N Me

This award replaced the need for having separate Web/Downloadable sections for each category. It was later removed in 2009.

Prize Money (as of 2008) - $2,500

EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN AWARD

Prize Money (as of 2011) - $2,500

BEST STUDENT GAME AWARD

Prize Money (as of 2011) - $2,500

AUDIENCE AWARD

Prize Money (as of 2011) - $2,500

BEST MOBILE GAME

Prize Money (as of 2011) - $2,500

EXCELLENCE IN NARRATIVE

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