Valve Deal Awaits IGF 2013 Finalists
The Valve deal applies to every single Independent Games Festival Main Competition finalist.
The Independent Games Festival (IGF) has announced a new deal with Valve for its 2013 competition. Every single Main Competition finalist will be given the opportunity to sign a Steam distribution deal with Valve. Finalists will be announced January 2013, with the winners being chosen at the March 2013 Game Developers Conference.
The deal applies across the board, including everything from the Excellences - in Design, Art, Narrative and Technical - as well as the Nuovo Award and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Excellence in Narrative is a new category for 2013, while the Nuovo award is intended to allow more esoteric art titles to compete against longer-form indie games.
Winners get cash prizes, anything from $30,000 - the Seumas McNally Grand Prize - to $3,000, for each of the Excellences; but the Steam deal is likely to mean a much bigger financial reward for the finalists. There are five finalists for each category, except the Nuovo which gets eight. Previous finalists and winners of the competition include World of Goo, Super Meat Boy, Braid and Minecraft.
"Opportunity to accept" in this instance means that the game makers have the option to say no - you never know, stranger things have happened - but should they accept, they get the deal of a lifetime.
Source: PC Gamer
sounds like a great opportunity for both sides, the finalists make more money, and we the gamers get shiny new games to play.
That previous finalist list is a nice assortment of games I've spent hundreds of hours with so this definitely sounds positive for everyone.
Well, that is great news for every finalist. Even if they don't get the neat prices - a publishing deal without the usual hoops they'd need to hop through seems like a good jumping board.
Someone should enter a fanmade Half Life 3 into the contest since Valve isn't working on it and the I.P is rotting.
"He's a deal-maker... He's always trying to trick people" "...he is an outright liar and a cheat"
Someone obviously has a grudge against valve... Watch the full video replacing "Rumpelstiltskin" with "Gabe Newell"