Indie of the Year is the largest celebration of hobbyist, amateur and professional Indie developers. With record attendance and a massive number of updates, releases and new projects 2010 was a year like no other, packed to bursting with goodies to make anyone who is tired of the boring triple A games excited again!

Up until Jan 1st 2011 join us and help celebrate your community, culture and give thanks to the developers by voting for your favorite projects. For the first time in IndieDB history we have a press panel which sees personalities from other websites like Joystiq and Rock Paper Shotgun have their say were it counts. Welcome to the 1st Annual Indie of the Year Awards.

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Prizes

It takes a great idea and years of hard work to make a brilliant game reality. Without a shadow of doubt the biggest prize is the coverage and prestige the winning team recieves. However while we know you do it for experience and for the love of making something new, to thank you (the winning teams) for your creativity and dedication, we have a few small prizes to hand out from Desura.

Desura

Desura is a digital distribution service for gamers, putting the best games, mods and downloadable content at your fingertips. It was made by the same people who run IndieDB and was only recently launched. Here are a few prizes:

  • Indie of the Year, wins a $1000 sales jumpstart package (provided we can release your game on Desura and it is commerical, we shall help you reach $1000 of sales in the first month of release or we will pay the difference)
  • Runner Up Indie of the Year, wins a $500 sales jumpstart package (provided we can release your game on Desura and it is commerical, we shall help you reach $500 of sales in the first month of release or we will pay the difference)
  • Best Upcoming Indie, wins a $500 sales jumpstart package (provided we can release your game on Desura and it is commerical, we shall help you reach $500 of sales in the first month of release or we will pay the difference)
  • All Editors Choice and Top 100 Players Choice, receive a the opportunity to discuss publishing their indie game on Desura. Provided you meet the requirements, we shall do all we can to get you setup on the service and get a big new playerbase.
UDK

UDK is Unreal Engine 3 – the complete professional development framework. UDK contains all the tools you need to create amazing games, lifelike scenes and fantastic worlds. So if you are a developer currently exploring the power and potential of UDK, we have a special competition just for you. Thanks to Epic Games the makers of the UDK game engine, the top UDK game as decided by the Players Choice and Editors Votes will win:

  • A flight to the Epic offices in Cary, NC to meet the developers behind UDK and Epic's games
  • A maximum of 5 developers from the winning team will be flown in for 1 day/1 night
  • Visit will entail studio tour and presentation of their project in "The Arena" (A large open area in the Epic offices)
Design3

Design3 is the ultimate destination for game developers from beginners to pros boasting tons of tutorials for you to stream as you learn the in's and out's of game development. Their collection of Source and Unity engine tutorials cannot be beaten, and the winning team in each Players and Editors choice category will be receiving:

  • A VIP membership which provides lifetime access to design3.com
  • VIP access cannot be brought so this prize is exclusive and to be shared entirely by the winning team to stream all the tutorials they want
  • Alternately if you want to split the membership up the great guys at design3.com have told us this is possible