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The First Tree explores family bonds and beautiful forests on its September 14 PC launch

When you play as an animal, you might expect the game to be all about survival: the brutal long winters, the predators stalking through the tall grass. The First Tree is more of a contemplative take. It’s a third-person exploration game where you’re reuniting a fox with its family, and it’ll be out for PC…

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Gambitious rebrands as Good Shepherd to invest in the indie game revival

Gambitious started out a few years ago as a crowdfunding platform for indie games. Now the company is rebranding itself as Good Shepherd Entertainment with the goal of gathering more investors and funding quality independent titles. Good Shepherd cofounder Mike Wilson said that Gambitious did OK raising money from a network of investors and making…

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Exposure channels nature’s beauty and brutality into a stealth game

PREVIEW: Don’t be fooled by Exposure’s sleek geometric look and minimalist soundtrack. It’s a tense game about hiding from predators, scurrying from one safe space to another, and changing colors for camouflage. It’s the first commercial work from the two-person team The Sheep’s Meow , an indie game studio based in New York. In early…

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Kongregate announces $10 million console and PC game publishing fund

Kongregate , an indie game publisher that GameStop recently sold to MTG , is doubling-down on PC and console games from indie developers by setting up a $10 million publishing fund. While Kongregate has focused on web and mobile games in the past, it has shifted more emphasis into PC games lately, and this new…

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Dropleaf has a dual-goal: Making it easier to find indie games and lift diversity

Dropleaf is a new subscription platform that wants to help people discover more indie PC games. The service will offer a hand-picked collection of games with an added focus on reaching out to more diverse game creators. It’s launching out of the summer batch of Y Combinator startups, and it’ll start at $5 per month…

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World War Doh wins Casual Connect USA’s best in show

The Casual Connect USA conference in Seattle earlier this week hosted the 19th Indie Prize Awards. It honored nine games from smaller studios across the world, including the U.S., China, Brazil, and Colombia, with World War Doh winning Best in Show — Audience Choice. The judges included representatives from notable gaming companies, including Rovio, Execution Labs,…

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Independent Games Festival is now taking submissions for GDC 2018

The 20th annual Independent Games Festival is now accepting submissions from indie developers until October 2. Finalists will be chosen in early January 2018 and will earn space on the Game Developers Conference floor to demo their games. They’ll also get a chance to win prizes such as the $30,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize. IGF…

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Africade will showcase video games from all over Africa starting July 29

Africade is the first art exhibition dedicated solely to African video games, and it’ll run in The African Studies Gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel from July 29 to December 1. Africa is a small market for games, but it’s growing. According to industry analyst Newzoo , the African games market is predicted to reach $442…

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Smithsonian highlights indie game makers with museum arcade

On the weekend of August 5, the Smithsonian American Art Museum Arcade will showcase 40 indie games at its third annual event in Washington, D.C. It’s free to the public and, along with showcasing indie games, it has an educational bent and will feature workshops and student work. “The first year of the arcade was…

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Brazil’s Independent Games Festival goes beyond games to business

On the first floor of Brazil’s Independent Games Festival, around 20,000 attendees played indie titles from all over the world on rows of TVs and in virtual reality booths. Some folks lined up against the wall, waiting to get into the latest panel about composing music or narrative design. Others huddled around the robot racing…