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Catching up with Koretzky
Michael Koretzky, Society of Professional Journalists region 3 director, had a busy summer. For months, he received abuse on both side of the #Gamergate argument when planning his event, Airplay, and to have the event end early due to a bomb threat. Michael also talks about ... [read more]
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Valve & IGF offer Steam distribution to IGF competition finalists
Posted on December 06, 2012 by Drew Bergmark

Between the organizers of the Independent Games Festival & Valve, an agreement has been made to offer Steam distribution for all 2013 competition finalists. For those who follow the gaming industry but don't know about the IGF, it's during the San Fransisco GDC in the early part of the year. Games like The Unfinished Swan, Quantum Conudrum & Fez have been featured during the IGF in years past. With the finalists being announced in January, the conference won't be held until March in which a 200-member jury will decide who wins the indie game community version of the Cy Young Award. If offered deals by Valve, developers must create versions for the PC, MAC & Linux platforms.

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IGF, Valve to offer Steam distribution agreements to all 2013 Main Competition finalists

The organizers of the Independent Games Festival, the leading showcase for independent video games worldwide, have announced a new agreement with Valve for IGF 2013.

All IGF Main Competition finalists for this year's event will receive the opportunity to accept a distribution agreement for Steam, a leading platform for distribution in today's burgeoning independent gaming market.

This means every single Main Competition finalist in each of the jury-voted categories - the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, Excellence In Design, Excellence In Art, Excellence In Narrative, Technical Excellence, Excellence in Audio, and even the Nuovo Award - can work directly with Steam to bring their titles to PC, Mac and Linux.

This agreement comes as the 2013 Independent Games Festival rolls out its new, cutting-edge judging website back-end - including a dedicated mobile judge app, social-style discussion tools for games, and the ability for judges and contestants to easily connect to resolve technical problems.

With over 200 distinguished judges discussing and recommending titles for named, discipline-specific juries in each of the seven main categories, IGF 2013 will announce its finalists in January 2013, and award winners at Game Developers Conference 2013 in San Francisco this March.

Finalists and winners of the Independent Games Festival since its 1999 debut have included landmark indie games such as Braid, World of Goo, Super Meat Boy, Portal predecessor Narbacular Drop, Minecraft, and a host of other seminal titles. Valve joins other supporters of the 2013 IGF including media sponsors Gamasutra and Game Developer magazine, as well as Platinum Sponsor Microsoft Studios and Platinum Student Showcase Sponsor DigiPen.

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