Indie Cup is a biannual indie games developers online competition.
During Indie Cup an independent jury panel selects best entries of the season in nine award categories. Their creators receive awards, as well as prizes from our partners and written feedback from our judges.
Participation in Indie Cup is free. Both professional and amateur game developers can submit their games for a new Indie Cup season.
I. Eligibility requirements
You are an independent developer
Meaning that you own 100% of the project’s intellectual property and more than 50% of your company (if you have one). Usage of licensed assets during development is allowed.
Your game was not released prior to submission period
We accept games at playable prototype, alpha or beta stage, games released in Early Access or games in preliminary launch. Releasing a full version of your game for free still constitutes a release.
You can submit a playable build or a demo of your game
For PC, iOS or Android. Playable build of your game must highlight the main gameplay mechanics of your game.
You have a gameplay video of your game
Your video must be 2-15 minutes long, and does not feature any voiceover from the developers or excessive editing. The jury will select season finalists based on your gameplay video.
You are a game developer from Eastern Europe
We accept applications from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. If your country isn't on this list, stay tuned for future announcements.
II. Contest regulations
A new season of Indie Cup starts with a submission period, which lasts four weeks.
To send us an application, please create an account, fill out your public profile and add information necessary for judges and organizers.
Applicants must finalize their submissions no later than one week after submission deadline. You can track the status of your application directly on our website.
An application might be rejected if the application form was filled out incorrectly, the submitted game breaks the law or IP rights, or if the game is too early in its development cycle, which prevents the jury from assessing it fairly.
At Indie Cup, contestants are free to enter any award category that are open to them. Please note that some nominations have specific requirements.
Best PC Game
Best Mobile Game
Open to applicants who can submit a playable version of their game on the corresponding platform
Open to teams of up to four people who don’t have a publisher representing their game
Best Unreal Engine Game
Open to games made with Unreal Engine
Open to all entries
All participating games are automatically entered into the sponsored awards if the company sponsoring the award doesn't state any additional criteria.
Please note that the jury only reviews games submitted to their specific category.
Jurying and feedback
We send accepted entries to our judges soon after the submission period is closed. Participants' projects are published on our website a week after the jurying process has been started.
The jurying process at Indie Cup is divided into two stages three weeks each.
During the first round, judges make personal lists of best entries, evaluating participants by their gameplay videos. Based on their votes, we draw up an official list of nominees (a shortlist) in each category.
During the second round judges play the games that made the official shortlist. Jury rate each game on a 10-point scale, and send written feedback to their creators.
We calculate the mean rating after the voting period is over.
Awards and prizes
Winners are announced on a predetermined date. In some cases, we can postpone the announcement for several days (for example, to clarify the ratings with some judges).
Contest winners receive prizes from our partners.
If the finalist declines the prize, we send it to the team that took the second place during the voting period.
Our partners reserve the right to not select any games as finalists in the special awards programs, if none of the entries meet the partner company's criteria.
We get in touch with the winners within two days after competition results are announced.
III. Frequently asked questions
My game was just released / I'm planning to release my game soon. Can I still participate?
We’ll accept your submission if your game was not released prior to the start of the application period. If you are releasing your game after the application period has begun, you’ll be able to participate.
For example, if the application period starts 18 January, a game released on 1 January will not be accepted for the competition, while a game released on 25 January will be able to participate.
Who will have access to my build and gameplay video?
Playable build of your game is only accessible by organizers and members of our jury. Your gameplay video will be visible to all visitors of your public profile on our website.
What’s the best way to provide access for my game?
Contestants can choose how they want to share their games with the jury members:
• Upload the build to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or iCloud
• Provide Steam keys (min 80 keys)
• Add a download link for a demo on Steam or other platform
• Provide access through TestFlight or Google Play Store
Can I submit multiple games?
Yes. If you want to submit multiple games you’ll need to fill out multiple applications.
My game has been submitted for Indie Cup in the past. Can I submit it again?
Yes, but there are some restrictions. Same projects cannot be submitted to two Indie Cup seasons in a row. In addition, if your game has been a winner in any of our award categories, it is automatically disqualified from participating in these nominations in the future.
Please note that your applications are tied to each season. If you are submitting your game again, you will need to create a new application.
Developers can participate in two Indie Cup seasons in a row if they are submitting different games.
Who will receive written feedback?
We ask the jury to give written feedback on each project nominated in their category. Feedback for other entries is optional.
Finalists and contestants receive jury feedback several weeks after the season is officially closed.
IV. Data policy
By submitting your game to Indie Cup you confirm that you are familiar with and agree with the competition rules, and give your consent to the processing and storage of personal data.
Organizers reserve the right to share participants' names and emails with our partners. Other personal data is not shared with the jury, sponsors or third parties.
Organizers reserve the right to change these terms and conditions at any time without prior notice.
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