THE 2009 INDEPENDENT GAMES FESTIVAL MOBILE OPENS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

SAN FRANCISCO– August 12, 2008– Independent Games Festival (IGF) Mobile, the premiere venue that celebrates creativity and innovation on handheld platforms, has opened submissions for this year’s festival, taking place during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2009 next March.

Following the success of the first IGF Mobile, the second year of the festival will feature independently developed handheld games for all mobile devices including cell phones, Apple's iPhone, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, and Windows Mobile devices. The competition will include a new category for developers to pitch new ideas at the GDC Mobile-hosted award ceremony. IGF Mobile submissions are being accepted at http://www.igfmobile.com through November 17, 2008; finalists will be announced in January 2009.

NVIDIA, manufacturer of the Tegra family of applications processors for mobile devices returns this year as a Founding and Platinum Sponsor. In keeping with the company’s philosophy of encouraging and fostering innovation in mobile game development, the company will support "The Next Great Mobile Game" competition.

This prize category, in a change from the traditional awards, will be accepting five finalists on the basis of a written pitch and an in-progress prototype. The finalists will pitch their product in detail and show completed prototypes at the IGF Mobile Awards, where an audience of peers will select the winner. The new award joins returning categories such as the $10,000 Best Game award, Innovation in Mobile Game Design, and the awards for audio, art direction, design and technology.

Finalist games, displayed in the IGF Mobile Pavilion at the Game Developers Conference in March 2009, will compete for $20,000 in prizes, including awards for innovation and execution in mobile game development, as well as the coveted $10,000 Grand Prize. Winners will be announced at a ceremony during GDC Mobile, and will also be showcased during the main IGF Awards, presented at the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony.

“The rise of rich 3D mobile devices such as the iPhone and smartphones– as well as the PSP and DS - are starting to make all kinds of intriguing independent gaming possibilities possible,” said Mathew Kumar, Content Director, IGF Mobile.“We look forward to seeing some of the top indie handheld content that the festival will draw.”

Submissions to the competition are now open to all independent developers working on mobile platforms, including game development for cell phones, iPhone, PSP, DS, and other handheld devices. The important dates for IGF Mobile in 2008-2009 are as follows:

August 11th, 2008 Submissions Open

November 17th, 2008 Submission Deadline

January 26th, 2009 Finalists Announced

March 23rd-27th, 2009 Game Developer's Conference 2009

March 24th, 2009 IGF Mobile Awards Ceremony

March 25th-27th, 2009 IGF Mobile Pavilion @ GDC

March 25th, 2009 IGF Awards Ceremony

For a complete list of IGF 2008 information, please visit http://www.igfmobile.com. The IGF Mobile staff can be reached at mkumar@gamasutra.com.

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