IndieCade can easily be referred to as E3’s indie cousin – for the past nine years, it has held a flagship festival on the west coast, along with an IndieCade East expansion and an annual showcase at E3. Now, for their tenth year, IndieCade will be holding their first European conference and exhibition, in association with Capital Games.
In a press release, the festival organizers announced that IndieCade Europe will be held in Paris, France on November 18-19 of this year. “Our expansion into Europe reflects how important IndieCade’s international community has become,” said Stephanie Barish, Chief Executive Officer of IndieCade.
IndieCade Europe has been created as an opportunity to draw together community from across Europe to network, attend presentations and workshops, as well as to participate in game showcases and social events designed to support independent European game developers and aspiring creators grow their craft, refine their businesses, and flourish as artists in this rapidly expanding global, entertainment industry.
Helene Delay, managing director of Capital Games, agreed – in her statement, she emphasized the importance of the “opportunity for French and European video game creators to get the attention they deserve, to gather and share their passion. We’re proud to think that France has always been a welcoming land for creation and we’re thrilled to give our support to IndieCade Europe.”
IndieCade Europe will be held at CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers – try saying that five times fast). Additionally, all games submitted to the flagship festival held October 14-16 in Los Angeles are eligible for inclusion in IndieCade Europe – great news for any developer who’s always wanted to travel.
IndieCade is considered the “Sundance of the video game industry,” and their events highlight important work that has gone on to change the industry, as well as achieve critical and commercial success. Break-out hits such as Braid, N+, Her Story, Hyperlight Drifter, and many more have been in the spotlight.
Capital Games may be an unfamiliar name to American gamers – as France’s largest regional video game business cluster, it gathers more than 70 companies in the Paris region, including everything from studios to publishers, and training institutes to middleware companies. Since 2011, it has successfully co-organized Game Connection, one of the largest video game business conventions in Europe.
Tickets for IndieCade Europe go on sale in July, and submissions are now open.