Because Indie games are more popular and available than ever, they're even coming to The Game Awards this year with a new indies-only award category and even a showcase arcade.
The press release reads:
"To champion the indie gaming community and its commitment to innovation, Schick Hydro has announced a new fan-choice award ("Best Debut Indie Game"), a giveaway that puts break-out indie game in fans' hands, and a pop-up arcade at The Game Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater in L.A. this Thursday, Dec. 7."
Nominees for the brand-new Indie Games award are:
- Golf Story
- Hollow Knight
- Mr. Shifty
- Slime Rancher
Personally, I think Hollow Knight should take home the win, but I could just be biased.
Additionally, the TGA arcade will showcase four NEW games created by 20 on-the-rise developers during a 48-hour Indie Game Jam in November, hosted in partnership with Playcrafting — to further celebrate indie game dev talent. You can download all of the showcase games on itch.io here.
Details for the award show are below:
- Name: The Game Awards 2017 & "The Indie Game Jam Arcade – Presented by Schick Hydro"
- Date/Time: The Game Awards airs Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8:30 ET / 5:30 PT at www.TheGameAwards.com
- Location: Microsoft Theater – 777 Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90015
You can also join your favorite Twitch community and vote on who you think will win each category while watching the stream live thanks to a new Twitch extension and overlay feature.