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IGF Announces Multi-Year Partnership With Microsoft – First Party Publishing Deal ( Xbox LIVE )

December 6, 2011 No Comments

The independent Games Festival recently announced their new partnership with Microsoft that includes a first party publishing deal on Xbox Live. That includes Xbox Live Arcade, Windows and Windows Phone. Winner will even receive funding to finish the game if they so desired. Check out part of the IGF’s post and go to their website here for more information.

The organizers of the Independent Games Festival — the longest-running and highest profile showcase and awards for independent video games — are announcing a new multi-year partnership with Microsoft Studios and its Xbox LIVE Arcade publishing team, providing notable new prize opportunities for IGF entrants.

A standalone jury of independent game creators will work with Microsoft to identify a shortlist for the new ‘XBLA Prize’. The prize will consist of a guaranteed first-party publishing deal to release the selected title on Microsoft’s LIVE-enabled platforms, including the Xbox LIVE Arcade service, Windows Phone, and Windows. The sponsor-supported prize includes full game funding to complete the title, if desired.

The first honoree for the award, picked from one of the 2012 Independent Games Festival entrants from either Main Competition or Student Showcase, will be announced on stage at the IGF Awards during Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 7th, 2012.

If the creator of the selected game opts to accept the prize and associated contract, they will also get access to IGF Platinum Sponsor Microsoft’s extensive suite of first-party publishing services.

This includes best in class usability, testing, and production aid to help complete their game, as well as the game gaining a sought-after ‘slot’ to officially release the title on Xbox LIVE Arcade and other platforms.



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