First Annual Independent Games Festival China Announces Finalists


    


    
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<p><location>SAN FRANCISCO</location>, <chron>Oct. 5</chron> /CNW/ -- Organizers of the inaugural Independent Games Festival <location>China</location> (IGF <location>China</location>) have revealed that over 100 entries were received for the first-ever showcase of Asia-Pacific indie games, and finalists have now been decided for both the Main and Student competitions, with winners revealed next week at GDC <location>China</location> in <location>Shanghai</location>.</p>
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<p>Chinese submissions for the first-ever independent games event targeting this area --  a newly formed sister event to the main yearly IGF in <location>San Francisco</location> -- were received from <location>Shanghai</location>, <location>Beijing</location>, <location>Chongqing</location>, <location>Hong Kong</location>, <location>Taiwan</location>, Jiang <person>Su Province</person>, Guang <person>Dong Province</person>, Sichuan Province, and Zhejiang. In addition, overseas submissions from Asian, Asia-Pacific and Australasian nations including the <location>Philippines</location>, <location>Israel</location>, <location>Japan</location>, <location>Singapore</location>, <location>Pakistan</location>, <location>Australia</location>, <location>Iran</location>, <location>South Korea</location> and <location>India</location> were considered.</p>
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<p>Finalists were chosen by a panel of distinguished local judges, including representatives from IGDA <location>Shanghai</location>, FZD School of Design, Activision and many more. IGF <location>China</location> winners will be showcased at the GDC <location>China</location> event, and are eligible to win up to RMB20,000 (<money>$3,000</money>) in cash prizes, awards, and All Access Passes to GDC <location>San Francisco</location> 2010.</p>
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<p>"The quality of work by the finalists represented at the Inaugural Independent Games Festival <location>China</location> is a great indicator of the developing indie movement in that region," said GDC <location>China</location> event director Meggan Scavio. "We are excited to announce the finalists and celebrate the creativity and innovation in the Asia-Pacific independent game industry."</p>
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<p>The Main Competition finalists for the 2009 Independent Games Festival <location>China</location> are:</p>
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    --  HurricaneX2, by You Yun Tech (China)
    --  Mind Wall, by Robinson Technologies (Japan)
    --  DESATURATION, by Xun Zhu (China)
    --  DONOVO, by Magic Day Studio (China)
    --  Armor Valley by Protege Production Pte Ltd (Singapore)
    --  Captain Forever, by Farbs (Australia)
    --  Flat land, by Dark Hut Game Studio (China)

    --  S.H.M.U.P, by Aaron Styles (Australia)


    
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<p>The Student Competition finalists for the 2009 Independent Games Festival <location>China</location> are:</p>
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    --  INK, by students from Singapore Polytechnic (Singapore)
    --  COLOR!COLOR!!, by students from Taipei University of Education
(Taiwan)
    --  Dream Land, by students from Communication University of China (China)
    --  Marionettes, by students from Singapore Polytechnic (Singapore)
    --  Bumper Halloween, by students from Beijing University (China)

    --  Autumn Dynasty: Paper Generals, by students from National University
of
        Singapore (Singapore)


    
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<p>The winners of IGF <location>China</location> in categories including Best Game, Excellence in Art Direction, Excellence in Audio, Technical Excellence, and Student awards will be announced during the 2009 Game Developers Conference® <location>China</location>. Presented by Think Services, a division of United Business Media, GDC <location>China</location> returns to the <location>Shanghai</location> International Convention Center, October 11-13 of this year.</p>
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<p>All IGF <location>China</location> finalists will be available to view at the GDC <location>China</location> IGF Pavilion, open to all attendees of GDC <location>China</location> 2009, with creators on hand to discuss their games. In addition, the invite-only IGF <location>China</location> ceremony will take place on <chron>Sunday, October 11, 2009</chron> at the La Verbena Restaurant and Bar in <location>Shanghai</location>. Full festival information and links to information about finalist games is available at <a href="http://gdcchina.com/events/igf.html">http://gdcchina.com/events/igf.html</a>.</p>
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    About Think Services, a division of United Business Media
    
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<p>Think Services connects specialized communities worldwide using educational events, consulting, training, certification, membership, and innovative media. Providing comprehensive opportunities for people to learn from, network with, and inspire each other, Think Services builds strong brands and works within communities to foster a unique affinity with its products and services. The division's flagship products include the Game Developers Conference, the Webby Award-winning Gamasutra.com, Game Developer magazine, the International Customer Management Institute (ICMI), and HDI.  Think Services is a subsidiary of United Business Media, a global media and marketing services company with a market capitalization of more than <money>$1.6 billion</money>.  To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.think-services.com">www.think-services.com</a>.</p>
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    Contact:   Audrey Shen
               Think Services, a division of United Business Media
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