SAN FRANCISCO (July 11, 2013) – The Casual Games Association (CGA) today announced that it will feature the first North American Indie Prize Showcase at its Casual Connect Conference in San Francisco. The event, launched earlier this year at Casual Connect Europe and Asia events, is expected to feature new games from more than 100 indie development teams.
The Indie Prize Showcase is a free program created to reward the industry’s top independent development talent with resources, relationships and recognition. For the first North American event, more than 100 games will be featured on-site at Casual Connect by the development teams who created them.
Many teams win prizes from BlackBerry, Applifter, App-Promo, Clickteam, Unity and WildTangent. Five teams will walk away with Category Indie Prizes awarded by a panel of industry veterans: Best Art or Character, Best Sound & Music, Best Story or Writing, Most Humorous and Most Innovative. One team will be awarded the Best in Show Indie Prize as selected by Casual Connect and Indie Prize attendees.
“There are developers from all corners of the world that have beautiful ideas,” said Jessica Tams, Managing Director of the Casual Games Association. “By simply creating growth opportunities for top indie talent, we facilitate connections that directly support the growth of our industry.”
Indie Prize, along with Indie Prize Showcase sponsors BlackBerry, Applifier, SponsorPay, Gamestick and Soomla provide selected development teams with free support including lodging assistance, show access and space to show off selected games. Pre-event workshops and mentoring will also be provided via Selfpubd, 5th Planet Games, Playnomics, BlueBat Games, Joju Games, PlayFirst and Perfect World.
Applications for the July Indie Prize Showcase at Casual Connect in San Francisco are due July 16th, 2013. To apply for the San Francisco Indie Prize Showcase or for a future Indie Prize Showcase - please navigate to http://www.indieprize.org/games/index.html#apply .
For more information about the Indie Prize Showcase event along with a list of featured games, sponsors, mentors, and prizes - please navigate to http://www.indieprize.org.
About Casual Connect
Casual Connect USA will be held in the newly remodeled conference center at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square July 30 – Aug 1. Casual Connect is the premier series of global events covering Mobile, Social, Free 2 Play, Browser and Social Casino. Attendees in Europe, Kyiv, Asia and the US participate in the community and growth of an industry which entertains over a billion people each month.
About the Casual Games Association
The Casual Games Association is an international trade organization dedicated to promoting casual games and providing educational resources for the game development community. The association hosts annual conferences in San Francisco, Kyiv, Asia and Europe; publishes a trade magazine; and issues research reports on the casual games industry. For more information about the association, visit www.casualgamesassociation.org.
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Note to Editors: Limited interviews are available with CGA Chairman Jessica Tams and Juan Gill, Studio Manager/Founder of Joju Games, and Industry Advisor for the Indie Prize Showcase. To schedule an interview, contact Elizabeth@casualconnect.org.