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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 ($30,000 for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize and $3,000 for all other awards, as of 2019.)

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

Current Awards

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

YearGameDeveloper
2019Return of the Obra DinnLucas Pope
2018Night in the WoodsInfinite Fall
2017Quadrilateral CowboyBlendo Games
2016Her StorySam Barlow
2015Outer WildsMobius Digital
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

Excellence in Visual Art

YearGameDeveloper
2019Mirror DropIan Lilley
2018ChuchelAmanita Design
2017Hyper Light DrifterHeart Machine
2016OxenfreeNight School Studio
2015MetamorphabetVectorpark
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

Nuovo Award

YearGameDeveloper
2019Black RoomCassie McQuater
2018Getting Over It with Bennett FoddyBennett Foddy
2017Oiκοςpiel, Book IDavid Kanaga
2016CibeleStar Maid Games
2015Tetrageddon GamesNathalie Lawhead
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

Excellence in Audio

YearGameDeveloper
2019ParatopicArbitrary Metric
2018Uurnog UurlimitedNifflas Games
2017GoNNERArt in Heart
2016Mini MetroDinosaur Polo Club
2015Ephemerid: A Musical AdventureSuperChop Games
2014Device 6Simogo
2013140Jakob Schmid
2012BotaniculaAmanita Design
2011Amnesia: The Dark DescentFrictional Games
2010ClosureEyebrow Interactive
2009BrainPipe: A Plunge to UnhumanityDigital Eel
2008AudiosurfDylan Fitterer
2007Everyday ShooterQueasy Games
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

Excellence in Design

YearGameDeveloper
2019Opus MagnumZachtronics
2018Baba Is YouHempuli
2017Quadrilateral CowboyBlendo Games
2016Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes Steel Crate Games
2015Outer Wilds Mobius Games
2014Papers, Please Lucas Pope
2013FTL Subset Games
2012SpelunkyMossmouth
2011Desktop Dungeons QCF Design
2010Monaco Pocketwatch Games
2009Musaic Box KranX Productions

Excellence in Narrative

YearGameDeveloper
2019Return of the Obra DinnLucas Pope
2018Night in the WoodsInfinite Fall
2017Ladykiller in a Bind Love Conquers All Games
2016Her StorySam Barlow
201580 DaysInkle
2014Papers, PleaseLucas Pope
2013Cart LifeRichard Hofmeier

Best Student Game

YearGameDeveloper
2019after HOURSBahiyya Khan, Claire Meekel, Tim Flusk, Abi Meekel
2018Baba is YouHempuli
2017Un Pas FragilePAF Team
2016Beglitched Hexecutable
2015Close yourGoodbyeWorld Games
2014Risk of Rain
2013ZinethArcane Kids
2012Way
2011FRACT
2010Continuity
2009Tag: The Power of Paint
2008Synaesthete
2007Toblo

Audience Award

YearGameDeveloper
2019ETHEREALNonsense Arts
2018CelesteCeleste Team (Matt Makes Games)
2017Hyper Light DrifterHeart Machine
2016UndertaleToby Fox
2015This War of Mine11 Bit Studios
2014The Stanley ParableGalactic Cafe
2013FTLSubset Games
2012Frozen SynapseMode 7 Games
2011MinecraftMojang
2010Heroes of Newerth
2009Cortex CommandData Realms
2008AudiosurfDylan Fitterer
2007Castle CrashersThe Behemoth
2006Dofus Ankama Games
2005 (OC)Alien HominidThe Behemoth
2005 (WD)N+Metanet
2004 (OC)Savage: The Battle for Newerth
2004 (WD)Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates
2003Pontifex II
2002Kung Fu Chess
2001Shattered Galaxy
2000The Rift
1999Fire And DarkenessSingularity Software

This is the only IGF Award not chosen by judges. The award is chosen by the general public via online voting.

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YearGameDeveloper
2019Hot Swap
2018Puppet Pandemonium
2017Fear Sphere

Retired Awards

Technical Excellence Award (1999-2013)

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 (in 2012) - $3000

On the 8th of August 2013, (now former) 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 (2006-2008)

YearGameDeveloper
2008Iron Dukes
2007Samorost 2Amanita Design
2006Dad 'N Me

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

Prize Money (in 2008) - $2,500

Best Mobile Game (2011-2012)

YearGameDeveloper
2012Beat Sneak BanditSimogo
2011Helsing's Fire

Prize Money (in 2012) - $2,500

Records

Most Awards (Overall)

AwardsDeveloperGame(s)
5Lucas PopePapers, Please (2014 - Grand Prize, Narrative, Design), Return of the Obra Dinn (2019 - Grand Prize, Narrative)
4The BehemothAlien Hominid (2005 - Technical, Audience, Visual Art), Castle Crashers (2007 - Visual Art)
4Amanita DesignSamorost 2 (2007 - Web Browser), Machinarium (2009 - Visual Art), Botanicula (2012 - Audio), Chuchel (2018 - Visual Art)
3Richard HofmeierCart Life (2013 - Grand Prize, Nuovo, Narrative)
2Blendo GamesQuadrilateral Cowboy (2017 - Grand Prize, Design)
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