The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences have announced the launch of the Indie Game Challenge. The challenge will be offering winners almost $300,000 in prizes and scholarships.
Professional and non-professional teams are asked to submit a game beta and game pitch videos between July 14 and October 1, 2009. Up to 12 finalists will be chosen and announced in January and then up to five members of each finalist team will be flown to D.I.C.E. Summit.
“Our entire industry is dependent on the cultivation of new, cutting edge game developers who continue to stretch the boundaries and imaginations of gamers,” said Mike Hogan, senior vice president of marketing, GameStop Corp. “By joining forces with The Guildhall at SMU and AIAS we hope to stimulate a new generation of game developers and reward them with cash awards and scholarships. Perhaps the most important aspect of the Challenge for competitors is the potentially life-changing opportunity to meet face-to-face with professionals who have helped make the gaming industry the success it is today.”
All the details are at IndieGameChallenge.com. Let us know if any of you are working on this challenge and if we can help in any way!