Though it’s hard to define who an indie is, we use the following criteria. The developer should have less than 20 people in the company and the development of the game should have been self-funded.
As the IGF says: The spirit of the Contest is to showcase what students can do, unassisted by professionals. As a result, only games that have been developed entirely by full or part-time college or high school students are eligible for entry. If a game has been developed with significant portions of the assets contributed by a professional, it is not eligible for entry. If entrants to the Contest are in doubt about the amount of externally created or contributed content in their game, please contact the organizers for clarification.
Organisations being run by students, submitting games as students, will not be accepted as Student Games. They should choose between Indie Game of the Year and Game of the Year nomination categories.
While we encourage and laud the use of local developers for the development of games, we understand that there will be some activity that may be done outside of India. For the purposes of this award, we would assume that less than 30% of the game could have been done outside of India. We trust that as a developer, you would know how to measure and appropriately decide whether or not your game is eligible.
An upcoming game is an as-of-yet unreleased game, but one which is going to be available publicly soon. It is very important that this game not have a prior commercial release. Public Alpha and Beta releases are accepted into Upcoming Games.
The objective of the upcoming games awards is to help create visibility and exposure for a game about to be released to help it build better prospects (eg: get press coverage, find a publisher, etc) and increase its chances of being successful. For this to work, it is extremely important that your game be not released in any form for any platform, and that you are capable of following up on the visibility created by the award immediately by releasing the game asap (as time passes, people forget about games). Which is why we recommend that if you are confident of releasing your game by the end of April next year, definitely submit for the upcoming games award.
If your game has been previously submitted for the Upcoming Games award, the final decision for allowing entry rests with the organizers.
The simplest answer is: You should not.
However, it is not that simple all the time. If the developer very strongly believes that the game has undergone major redevelopment (and not just a refurbishing / port / content addition), they will not be stopped from submitting their game as an Upcoming game. In such cases, the jury requests a small video note from the developer, showing both the versions of the game (old and new), highlighting the differences and making a case for why the game should be considered as an upcoming game. If the jury is convinced, the game will continue in the Upcoming category. Otherwise, the jury will make recommendations for a suitable category for the game and the developer may choose to switch categories or withdraw the submission.
Yes, you can submit your game under any of the two categories if it got released in the time frame of the awards.
None. Developers are expected to arrange their own devices to showcase their games to the jury.