For every Crossy Road or Minecraft, there are dozens or hundreds of other developers who also make games but with a smaller audience. These indie developers may come up with the idea and implement it all on their own, without going to larger corporations to get funding. Indie games are often seen as weird or experimental. While that’s not always the case, having full creative control of the game means they won’t have to compromise on their vision.
Google is hosting a networking event for indie developers with the Indie Games Festival in San Francisco on September 24th. In addition to just meeting others, attendees will be able to win prizes such as Tango phones, tickets to next year’s Google I/O, and some games will be showcased.
The top thirty games that are being showcased will be available for everyone there to play and then vote for the best. It’s not clear what the best game will win, although it could be any one of the prizes stated above.
The purpose of this event seems to ostensibly be to promote Google’s VR efforts. The Tango phone does have a VR component, and they also want to showcase games that use the VR SDK. However, games can very easily be designed to support VR and TV, especially when game engines like Unity are the base of the game.
Registration will open soon, so check back at the site in a few days so you can attend. It is free, so you shouldn’t worry about not being able to afford the event.