Boston Festival of Indie Games features top industry partners

Thursday, September 20---Cambridge, MA--- Boston Festival of Indie Games, presented by MIT Game Lab and Boston Indies, announced today their final line-up of game industry, technology and media partners and supporters.

Scheduled for Saturday, September 22 at MIT, the Boston Festival of Indie Games is a celebration of independent game development in a variety of media and genres.  The event is free, open to the public and held on the MIT campus. Fest partners and supporters Adobe, Tapjoy, Stomp Games, Unity, Dell-Alienware, Wacom, Yelp!, DIGboston, MassDigi, The Tap Lab and Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton have all committed valuable resources to the fest.

Fiona Cherbak, fest co-producer and head of business development, offers, “We are extremely fortunate to have received the generous support of our festival partners. Their combined contributions demonstrate a high level of commitment to the indie game development community in Boston.  Everyone wins when companies support new ideas and fresh talent.  Their business investment is the cornerstone of innovation and opportunity for up-and-coming game developers.”

Fest supporter Adobe is hosting the debut Adobe Game Jam at the festival.  From 10 am to 7:30 pm on the day of the fest, game developers are invited to make their own game. Participants will propose game concepts, form teams, design the core features, develop the technical and artistic elements, playtest with other teams and finally present their work, all in under ten hours.  Adobe is also providing their CS6 Master Collection and Creative Cloud products as indie showcase prizes.

Unity is providing Boston Festival of Indie Games with pro licenses of their Unity 3 development package to be given as indie showcase prizes to winning game developers.  Unity 3 is a game development tool that has been designed to let game developers focus on creating amazing games. 

Tapjoy, another festival supporter, was eager to be part of the new fest.  Tapjoy is a mobile advertising and publishing platform empowering more than 750 million mobile users to watch videos, subscribe to services, install applications and participate in advertisements in exchange for virtual currency they can use in their favorite apps.

Alienware, high-end gaming consoles and laptops produced by Dell, are pleased to participate by showing off the thirty-six featured showcase games at the festival, to be displayed on Alienware M14x and M18x gaming laptops. Alienware manufactures the world's best high-performance PC gaming laptop and desktop computers.

Wacom’s advanced technology of intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashions and designs around the world.  Wacom provided Boston Festival of Indie Games with Intuos 5 digital pen tablets to be granted as indie showcase prizes to game developers.

Stomp Games is debuting their new sci-fi RPG game, Robot Rising, at the Boston Festival of Indie Games . Stomp Games is the dedicated game development team of Tencent Boston, built with the strongest talent and leadership from premier studios throughout North America, and forged with years of development collaboration with the largest game developer and publisher in China. 

The Tap Lab, experts in location-based mobile gaming, came on board with the Boston Festival of Indie Games to show their support and excitement for local game development in the Boston area.  The Tap Lab announced their new multiplayer mobile game, Tap City 2, earlier this year.

Media partners DIGboston and Yelp! were enthusiastic to get on board with the first-time festival, and contributed by supplying significant advertising and promotional support that has helped drive nearly 2,000 attendees to the event.  DIGboston has nearly 400,000 monthly readers interested in local entertainment, while Yelp! is the nationally–recognized leader in community user reviews and recommendations.

MassDigi, the region’s center for academic cooperation, economic development and job creation across Massachusetts digital and video games, provided extensive promotional support and resources, while Boston-area law firm Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton supplied much-needed legal resources and business counsel for the new festival.

About the Boston Festival of Indie Games:

www.bostonfig.com.

The Boston Festival of Indie Games is a celebration of independent game development with emphasis on the New England region.  The Boston Festival of Indie Games seeks to support and showcase the efforts of independent game developers by providing a free public event that encourages attendees to share and interact with games in various media, including video games, location-based games, tabletop games and interactive fiction.  Produced under the non-profit auspices of BeEpic, a Boston location-based games production group, the Boston Festival of Indie Games is focused on creating an intersection between community, academic and independent interests in game play.

About MIT Game Lab:

www.gambit.mit.edu

The MIT Game Lab brings together scholars, creators and technologies to teach, conduct research and develop new approaches to applied game design and construction. Ranked by the Princeton review as the #2 Game Design Program in North America, the MIT Game Lab maintains MIT’s roles as leader in the study, design and development of games. The MIT Game Lab’s goal is to explore, educate and engage the public by creating groundbreaking games, interactive online courses and new applications to real world challenges.

About Boston Indies:

www.bostonindies.com

Boston Indies is a community of dedicated independent game developers in Massachusetts and the surrounding area.  Boston Indies works to foster a sense of community among Boston’s independent game developers, facilitate monthly meet-ups and other related community events, encourage developers to create games independent of large budgets and large company ties, provide a safe environment to obtain critical feedback on game development works in progress and serve as a brain trust for important information sharing among local independent developers.

To schedule an interview or for more festival info, please contact Caleb Garner, Boston Festival of Indie Games publicist, at press@bostonfig.com; or contact Andrew Whitacre, Communications Director at the MIT Game Lab, at awhit@mit.edu or (617) 324-0490.  More info is also available at www.bostonfig.com

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