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Nottingham, England - October 23 - IndieCade announced today that it is joining forces with GameCity England to highlight some of the best and brightest works of the international independent game developer community at the festival in Nottingham England on October 24th thru the 28th. The event marks IndieCade’s inaugural European event and follows the well received IndieCade showcase at the E3 Business and Media Summit in Los Angeles this past July.
The festival is a street level event celebrating innovation in video games and interactive entertainment. IndieCade will showcase 19 games, developed by individuals, small studios, and students, which exemplify the leading edge of the international independent game development with an eye highlighting work from the United Kingdom.“The game industry has been described as the leading entertainment medium of the 21st century,” said Stephanie Barish, founder and managing director of IndieCade,“the Indie games represent the bustling creative fringes of that medium.”
GameCity organizers invited IndieCade to show at this open to the public street festival more of what IndieCade unveiled to industry insiders at the exclusive E3 Business and Media Summit this past July. GameCity follows on the heels of an IndieCade Games Showcase and panel in Tokyo last month and at E for All in Los Angeles earlier this month.
Independent gamemakers Mare Sheppard and Raigan Burns of Metanet Software whose game N is part of the showcase put it succinctly,“To us,‘independent’ signifies an ideology, a belief in the value of a viable alternative to the mainstream.”
Curators for the showcase included Barish, Celia Pearce, Indiecade Festival Chair and Sam Roberts, the director of the Slamdance Guerilla Game Competition.“Independent game developers comprise a diverse and international community,” said Roberts,“It is particularly gratifying that this is IndieCade’s first showcase outside the U.S. and we look forward to supporting the independent game community wherever it may be.”
What: IndieCade Showcase @ GameCity
When: Thursday, Oct 24– Sunday, Oct 28
Attendees: Open to the public
IndieCade supports independent game development and sponsors a series of international showcases and festivals for the future of independent games. It encourages, publicizes, and cultivates innovation and artistry in interactive media, helping to create a public perception of games as rich, diverse, artistic, and culturally significant. IndieCade’s events and related production and publication programs are designed to bring visibility to and facilitate the production of new works within the emerging independent game movement. Like the independent videogame developer community itself, IndieCade’s focus is global and includes producers in Asia, Europe, Australia, and anywhere else independent games are made and played. IndieCade was formed by Creative Media Collaborative, an alliance of industry producers and leaders founded in 2005. For more information please visit http://indiecade.com.
Ground-breaking games, premiere screenings, exclusive appearances - GameCity brings you what other festivals can't. And a little of what they won't. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural festival (4 days, 25 venues, 3000+ attendees), this year’s GameCity promises to continue shattering expectations of what a videogame festival could be.
GameCity 2007 happens all across Nottingham from the 24th - 28th October, 2007. For further details, and updates, please see www.gamecity.org.
GameCity is a festival celebrating the culture and potential of videogames, bringing the people who play them into contact with the people who make them - and who want to make them. Taking place across an entire city, GameCity brings gaming to huge variety of venues - from cinemas and market squares, to restaurants, cafes and schools. It remains the only event in the world to bring developers, students and lovers of interesting culture together in Indian restaurants.
Strongly supported by the games industry - already involved in this year’s festival are Frontier, Traveller’s Tales, Free Radical Design, Rare, SCEE, Microsoft, Bizarre Creations and more - GameCity is also unique in the way it bridges the divide between gaming and the wider world. The festival is perhaps the most visible example yet of the public sector stepping up and explicitly supporting the development of the games industry. Iain Simons, festival director commented, "We're delighted with the support that the festival has gained from the City of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University - its lead partner. It feels like a real milestone on the journey to mainstream culture for interactive entertainment that an event like this can happen at all - and then be embraced by the public sector."
CONTACT: Stephanie Barish Anne Marie Stein
Indiecade ONE PR Studio
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