DIRECT2DRIVE UNVEILS 2011 VISION AWARD FINALISTS FOR 13TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENT GAMES FESTIVAL

SAN FRANCISCO - Feb. 16, 2011 - Direct2Drive (D2D), a leader in the digital distribution of video games, today announced the five finalists for the 13th Annual Independent Games Festival's (IGF) Direct2Drive Vision Award, recognizing the best indie games of 2011 as voted on by industry experts.

The Direct2Drive Vision Award honors independent developers and the groundbreaking work they do to present fresh ideas and innovation across the gaming industry.

The winner of the third annual Direct2Drive Vision Award will receive:

    <*>A $10,000 cash prize <*>Distribution and promotion on Direct2Drive.com   <*>One "major label" license for GameSpy Technology including:
      <*>Software development kits for unlimited Daily Active Users <*>Access to professional level developer support
    <*>A GameSpy Technology GDC 2011 swag pack <*>Free admission to GDC 2012
"Indie games have been among our industry's greatest creative assets for years, generating imaginative and fresh game design led by some of the most passionate individuals in the entire game space," said Julie Uhrman, GM/VP, Digital Distribution, IGN Entertainment. "The Vision Award is one of several ways that Direct2Drive and GameSpy Technology are supporting and recognizing the 'unsung heroes' of our community. It is our great pleasure to be able to give them a start, and introduce them to mainstream consumers."

The five finalists for the 2011 Direct2Drive Vision Award are:

    <*> Flotilla - An intriguing, slow-motion tactical space combat game from Blendo Games  <*> Confetti Carnival - A puzzle action title where gamers earn style points for smashing and blowing up colorful gummy creatures into confetti bombs, created by  SpikySnail Games <*> Hazard: The Journey for Life - A philosophical first-person puzzle game that is as much about exploring abstract schools of thought as it is about gameplay, from Alexander Bruce's   Demruth <*> Night Sky - Originally a finalist from Nicalis at IGF 2009, then called Night Game, this evocative update tasks gamers with navigating a curious crystal ball through challenging yet serene silhouetted environments <*> Amnesia: The Dark Descent - An award-winning, first person survival horror game from Frictional Games , the creators of the renowned indie hit, Penumbra
On Wednesday, March 2, a group of indie game developers representing IGN's recently announced Indie Open House initiative will gather to present the 2011 Vision Award to the winner live at the 13 th Annual IGF Awards Show. 

The Independent Games Festival takes place at the 2011 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco from February 28 to March 4.  More information regarding the event, organized by the UBM TechWeb Game Network, is available here: http://www.gdconf.com 

For more information about this year's finalists or to purchase their games, please visit: http://www.direct2drive.com/promos/igf-2011 

About Direct2Drive

Direct2Drive.com (D2D) is IGN Entertainment's premiere digital distribution platform and online games store ( www.direct2drive.com, www.direct2drive.co.uk,  and www.direct2drive.eu).  Launched in October 2004, Direct2Drive currently features a catalog of more than 3,000 computer and online videogames to purchase, download and play on PC and Mac computers.  With millions of games downloaded and counting, D2D is a leading distributor of new game releases and online entertainment served directly from the web to computers around the world.

About the Independent Games Festival

The Independent Games Festival was established in 1998 by UBM TechWeb's Game Network to encourage the rise of independent game development and to recognize the best independent game titles, in the same way that the Sundance Film Festival honors the independent film community.

For more information on the Independent Games Festival, please visit the official IGF website at  http://www.igf.com - and for those interested in registering for GDC 2011, which includes the Independent Games Summit, the IGF Pavilion and the IGF Awards Ceremony, please visit the Game Developers Conference website, http://www.gdconf.com.

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