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    IGF is the Independent Games Festival, an annual gathering of Indie developers. The term also refers to the associated awards.

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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 ($10,000 for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize and $2,000 for all other awards, as of 2022.)

    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
    2022InscryptionDaniel Mullins Games
    2021Umurangi GenerationOrigame Digital
    2020A Short HikeAdam Robinson-Yu, Mark Sparling
    2019Return of the Obra DinnLucas Pope
    2018Night in the WoodsInfinite Fall
    2017Quadrilateral CowboyBlendo Games
    2016Her StorySam Barlow
    2015Outer WildsMobius Games
    2014Papers, PleaseLucas Pope
    2013Cart LifeRichard Hofmeier
    2012FezPolytron
    2011MinecraftMojang
    2010MonacoPocketwatch Games
    2009Blueberry GardenErik Svedang
    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
    2022PapeturaPetums
    2021Genesis NoirFeral Cat Den
    2020Knights and BikesFoam Sword Games
    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
    2022Memory CardLily Zone
    2021BlaseballThe Game Band
    2020The Space BetweenChrstphfr
    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
    2022InscryptionDaniel Mullins Games
    2021Genesis NoirFeral Cat Den
    2020MutazioneDie Gute Fabrik
    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
    2022InscryptionDaniel Mullins Games
    2021TeardownTuxedo Labs
    2020Patrick's ParaboxPatrick Traynor
    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
    2022InscryptionDaniel Mullins Games
    2021Umurangi GenerationOrigame Digital
    2020Heaven's VaultInkle
    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
    2022Live AdventureLive Adventure Team
    2021VesselsLocal Space Survey Corps, LLC
    2020N/AN/A
    2019after HOURSBahiyya Khan, Claire Meekel, Tim Flusk, Abi Meekel
    2018Baba is YouHempuli
    2017Un Pas FragilePAF Team
    2016Beglitched Hexecutable
    2015Close YourGoodbyeWorld Games
    2014Risk of RainHopoo Games
    2013ZinethArcane Kids
    2012Way
    2011FRACT
    2010Continuity
    2009Tag: The Power of Paint
    2008Synaesthete
    2007Toblo

    Audience Award

    YearGameDeveloper
    2022Mini Motorways
    Dinosaur Polo Club
    2021ArrogHermanos Magia and Leap Game Studios
    2020A Short HikeAdam Robinson-Yu, Mark Sparling
    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 PiratesThree Rings Design, Inc.
    2003Pontifex IIChronic Logic, LLC
    2002Kung Fu Chess
    2001Shattered Galaxy
    2000The Rift
    1999Fire And DarkenessSingularity Software

    The audience award is the only IGF Award not chosen by judges. Instead, it is chosen by the general public via online voting.

    alt.ctrl.GDC Award

    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 Playdead
    2009Cortex CommandData Realms
    2008World of Goo2D Boy
    2007Bang! HowdyThree Rings Design, Inc.
    2006DarwiniaIntroversion Software
    2005 (OC)Alien HominidThe Behemoth
    2005 (WD)RocketBowl
    2004 (OC)Savage: The Battle of Newerth
    2004 (WD)Yohoho! Puzzle PiratesThree Rings Design, Inc.
    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 for a Developer

    AwardsDeveloperGame(s)
    5Lucas PopePapers, Please (Grand Prize, Narrative, Design), Return of the Obra Dinn (Grand Prize, Narrative)
    -The BehemothAlien Hominid (Technical, Audience, Visual Art), Castle Crashers (Audience, Visual Art)
    4Amanita DesignSamorost 2 (Web Browser), Machinarium (Visual Art), Botanicula (Audio), Chuchel (Visual Art)
    -Daniel Mullins GamesInscryption (Grand Prize, Narrative, Design, Audio)
    3Richard HofmeierCart Life (Grand Prize, Nuovo, Narrative)
    -Three Rings DesignYohoho! Puzzle Pirates (Audience, Technical), Bang! Howdy (Technical)
    -Introversion SoftwareDarwinia (Grand Prize, Visual Art, Technical)
    -Reflexive EntertainmentWik & the Fable of Souls (Grand Prize, Visual Art, Nuovo)
    22D BoyWorld of Goo (Technical, Nuovo)
    -Data RealmsCortex Command (Audience, Technical)
    -Blendo GamesQuadrilateral Cowboy (Grand Prize, Design)
    -Dylan FittererAudiosurf (Audience, Audio)
    -Edmund McMillenGish (Grand Prize (OC), Nuovo (OC))
    -Pocketwatch GamesMonaco (Grand Prize, Design)
    -Frictional GamesAmnesia: The Dark Descent (Technical, Audio)
    -Heart MachineHyper Light Drifter (Visual, Audience)
    -Inkle80 Days (Narrative), Heaven's Vault (Narrative)
    -PlaydeadLimbo (Technical, Visual Art)
    -PolytronFez (Grand Prize, Visual Art)
    -Sam BarlowHer Story (Grand Prize, Narrative)
    -SimogoBeat Sneak Bandits (Mobile Game), Device 6 (Audio)
    -Subset GamesFTL (Audience, Design)
    -Infinite FallNight in the Woods (Grand Prize, Narrative)
    -Mobius GamesOuter Wilds (Grand Prize, Design)
    -Origame DigitalUmurangi Generation (Grand Prize, Narrative)
    -Feral Cat DenGenesis Noir (Visual, Audio)
    -Dinosaur Polo ClubMini Metro (Audio), Mini Motorways (Audience)

    Most Awards for a Game

    AwardsGameCategoriesYear
    4InscryptionGrand Prize, Narrative, Design, Audio2022
    3Papers, PleaseGrand Prize, Narrative, Design2014
    -Cart LifeGrand Prize, Nuovo, Narrative2013
    -DarwiniaGrand Prize, Visual Art, Technical2006
    -Alien HominidAudience, Visual Art, Technical2005
    -Wik & the Fable of SoulsGrand Prize, Visual Art, Nuovo2005

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