IGF 2013 Finalists Will Get Steam Distribution
Here’s some news that should be music to the ears of both indie devs and the people who love their games alike. Valve Software has announced that it will be offering Steam distribution deals to all of the finalists for the 2013 Independent Games Festival awards, potentially making their games available to a much, much larger audience than they’d normally be.
The finalists for the 2013 IGF awards will be announced in January. Finalists are chosen for seven awards: the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, Excellence In Design, Excellence In Art, Excellence In Narrative, Technical Excellence, Excellence in Audio, and Nuovo Award. Eight finalists will be chosen for the latter, while the rest will have six finalists. More than 200 judges will help decide the finalists, with juries comprised on specialists in each discipline choosing the eventual winners.
Past IGF finalists that would’ve qualified for this pretty major perk include the likes of Minecraft, Fez, Spelunky, and Braid. Sure, these are all very popular indie games, but just imagine how much more popular they might be had they been made available via Valve’s platform from the beginning.