The Independent Games Festival and Microsoft have announced the new XBLA Prize, in which game developers can win a guaranteed first-party publishing deal to release the selected title on Microsoftâ€™s LIVE-enabled platforms, including the Xbox LIVE Arcade service, Windows Phone, and Windows.
If the creator of the selected game opts to accept the prize and associated contract, they will also get access to Microsoft’s extensive suite of first-party publishing services. This includes best in class usability, testing, and production aid to help complete their game, as well as the game gaining a sought-after "slot" to officially release the title on Xbox LIVE Arcade and other platforms.
A standalone jury of independent game creators will work with Microsoft to identify a shortlist for the new ‘XBLA Prize’.
The first honoree for the award, picked from one of the 2012 Independent Games Festival entrants from either Main Competition or Student Showcase, will be announced on stage at the IGF Awards during Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 7th, 2012.
The 2012 Independent Games Festival and associated Independent Games Summit takes place from March 5th-9th 2012 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. More information on the contest, including lists of entrants and upcoming announcement dates, please visit the official IGF website.